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Local breweries tapping into larger market

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The Brewers Association says craft breweries are booming nationwide and locals say they have seen the hops in their sales numbers too.

Local breweries say they have noticed a lot of beer drinkers are looking to branch out and try something other than the regular domestics. This growing number of craft beer drinkers is the exact reason Four Horsemen Brewery was started in the first place.

"We feel like we got in at the right time," said Sam Roule, Four Horsemen Brewery Owner.

Four Horsemen Brewery says every month they find themselves bottling more beer. That is not surprising because in just the first half of this year craft breweries across the country have seen a 15% spike in sales.

"Not just nationally over the last six months, it's been a growing trend for several years now," said Roule. "What we've seen locally, yeah, we're up double digits too."

The guys at City Wide Liquors in Mishawaka say they've noticed this trend too. Just ask them how often people come in looking for a new craft beer to try.

"It's every week, every day man. That's how it goes all the time," said Christian Pinkowski, City Wide Liquors.

Pinkowski has been working at the liquor store for three years. He says there is no specific market of beer drinkers looking to switch from common to craft. Most of his customers are just looking to try something new.

"With the domestic beers, people kind of want to branch out," said Pinkowski. "They want something with a little more robust flavor, a little more bitter."

Four Horsemen is not the only brewery looking to tap into the growing beer market. According to the Brewers Association, over 446 new breweries have opened nationwide since last summer.

Actually, make that 447, because Drewrys, a company that stopped brewing in the 1970s, plans to start selling beer locally again in the next few weeks.

"Just with the whole focus on local and regional beers coming back, we felt this was the perfect time to re-launch Drewrys," said Dan Blacharski, Drewrys Spokesman.

Both breweries I talked to say this trend probably will not stop anytime soon. They say beer drinkers continue to have an appetite for the over-pouring market of craft beers.

"People are discovering that now and it's going through, and it has been for several years, it's going through a renaissance," said Roule.

Four Horsemen says they bottle between 600-700 cases per week of their beer to keep up with the demand, which is about 12,500 bottles.

Drewrys has a re-launch party scheduled for August 24th at the Century Center. They plan on releasing their original recipe lager and a brand new IPA that they think people will really appreciate.

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