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U.S. craft breweries see Florida as great place for beer

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Florida craft beerIf you needed further evidence of Florida's craft beer renaissance, many breweries across the country see huge potential for growth here in the Sunshine State, according to an article and video on Brewbound.com. Check out these numbers:

"According to data from IRI, a Chicago-based market research firm, three of the fastest-growing craft markets year-to-date ending on Oct. 6 are Tampa/St. Petersburg, which has increased dollar sales by 32.3 percent, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, which has increased dollar sales by 30.4 percent, and Orlando, which has increased dollar sales by 24.9 percent."

Several new breweries in the state, including Sweetwater, Coronado and Goose Island, have seen rapid sales and growth since entering the state, according to the story. Coronado has seen sales rise 67 percent since coming to Florida in 2012. And breweries that have been here longer, like Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head, see lots of growth opportunities.

Brewbound also posted a video in which many brewers (including Tampa's own Joey Redner of Cigar City) name Florida as an emerging market.

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Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for more than a decade. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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