This article originally appeared on nist.gov and is republished with permission from NIST MEP.
By Dave Cranmer
From the Island of Kaua’i, Hawaii (Kauai Island Brewing Co.), just up the road from NIST’s Time & Frequency Transmitting Station, to Bar Harbor, Maine (Bar Harbor Brewing Company; and from Fairbanks, Alaska (Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Company, to Ponce, Puerto Rico (Señorial Brewing Company, craft breweries can be found in all regions of the United States. The industry has been growing for a long time, as witnessed by this quote from Sherwood Boehlert, former member, U.S. House of Representatives, “For the second straight year, craft beer is the fastest growing segment of the U.S. alcoholic beverage industry. In 2005, craft beer experienced a 9 percent increase in volume, nearly triple that of the growth experienced in the wine and spirits industry.”