By now, it’s clear that the S.S. Craft Beer is sailing through choppy waters. Both Ballast Point and Stone are cutting costs, the former closing a tap room and a warehouse, the latter selling its German brewery/restaurant. Yet we’re still seeing new projects like AleSmith founder Skip Virgilio’s return to commercial brewing at Mira Mesa’s new Gravity Heights.
These up and down trends are being seen across the country. Recent statistics from the Brewers Association show American craft beer still thriving, although not enjoying the head-spinning growth of a decade ago. This industry is still growing, though, and that’s worth toasting.
Read more from Peter Rowe’s Brewery Rowe column, here.