There are now more breweries in the United States than anytime in history. 4,144 vs 4,131 in 1873. http://growlermag.com/mill-u-s-brewery-count-is-at-its-highest-point-ever/
Most start out selling pints in a tasting room or 64 oz. growlers in returnable bottles. When they can they add a bottling or canning line. Economics and logistics, I understand, determines which way they go. I think most would prefer cans.
Anyway, craft brew heaven as far as I am concerned can be found in Onalaska, Wisconsin at an employee owned supermarket and liquor store called Woodman's
. There are a few around the state of Wisconsin. This is a photo I took of just the craft brew section which extends about another 20 feet on my right before it turns into a back wall of coolers with the national big brands.
We have a microbrew two miles from our house located in the town of Excelsior, MN. We have another one 4 miles west of us in the town of Victoria and yet another 10 miles west in Waconia. The best news is a new microbrewery will open up in my tiny town of Tonka Bay (pop. 1,500) and will be a short 1/2 mile or so walk from my house. I decided to participate in that venture, invested and became a "founding owner". A young, local married couple, whom I don't know, is starting it up. It probably would be my last chance of becoming an owner of a brewery. [url=http://unmappedbrewing.com
]Unmapped Brewing Co.[/url]
Kind of exciting times. I like to travel the country in an RV and I try to never pass up a microbrew. I probably hit up a dozen of them this year alone from Arizona to Newfoundland. The last one was the Grand Junction Brewing Co. in Westfield, IN which combined brews with breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches.
post edited by Davydd - 2015/12/05 20:03:17