A refreshing craft brew can make for the perfect end to the day — and it could benefit your health, too. Moderate beer intake — one to two 12-ounce glasses per day for men and one 12-ounce glass for women — offers a glassful of nutrients, can aid in the prevention of bone loss and can reduce the risk of heart attack in men.
New data from the Brewers Association — a nonprofit trade group that tabulates production statistics for the U.S. brewing industry — shows that Americans are increasingly choosing to fill their glasses with craft brews, with small and independent craft brewing companies representing 39 of the top 50 overall brewers.
“In 2012, craft surpassed 6% of the total U.S. beer market, with volume and dollar sales reaching record levels,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, in a press release. “Increasingly, beer lovers are turning to craft brewed beer from small and independent producers to satisfy their thirst for bold, innovative and flavor-forward beers.”
The top 50 U.S. craft brewing companies, based on 2012 beer sales:
For the top 50 overall U.S. brewing companies, click here.
Did your state’s signature brew make the list?