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Alfred Lee is reflected in one of his beer tanks on Thursday November 06, 2013 in Auburn. The owner of Power's Mansion Inn and Power Club Restaurant and Brewery has 110 brews on tap.

Nation’s beer brewery leader: California heads above the rest

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 - 1:23 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Beer breweries are on the rise nationwide, and nowhere more so than in California, according to a newly released analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based Beer Institute.

With 145 breweries added statewide in 2013, California accounted for 15 percent of the 948 new breweries added in the United States last year. By comparison, Washington state was second in breweries added in 2013, with 62. Oregon was third with 59, followed by Colorado’s 56.

Combined, the four states account for one-third of all breweries in the United States, the institute said. California’s 508 active breweries make up nearly 14 percent of the national total of 3,699, an all-time record high.

The institute’s analysis said the majority of the 948 new permits issued across the United States in 2013 went to brewpubs.

“We have tracked the industry since our preceding trade association was first founded in 1862, and there’s a story in these numbers. Beer is constantly evolving in the U.S., with more small brewers than ever before, more brands being introduced by national brewers and growing interest in imports,” said Chris Thorne, a spokesman for the Beer Institute.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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