Record number of breweries slinging suds

More independent breweries opeing up across the nation.

Beer lovers now have a chance to pop the top of thousands of different American brews, and the numbers are just getting larger.

According to the Beer Institute, this year alone, more than 400 new breweries opened. California is leading the pack with the opening of 31 new breweries.

The Beer Institute calculates this is the fastest rate of growth for American breweries since Prohibition. Most of these breweries are craft beer producers creating batches geared to specific tastes instead of the more traditional lagers and pilsners.

Currently there are more than 3,000 active breweries filling bottles and kegs throughout the United States. The beer industry employs 1.8 million Americans, according to the Beer Institute.

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