The craft brewery is quickly becoming a community staple like your library, grocery store and coffee shop – Orange County Register

Admit it, pessimists: the craft beer movement has defied your gloomy predictions.

A year or two ago, even supporters of the dozens of neighborhood breweries that have popped up all over Southern California were predicting the movement had reached its apex. Surely we would see a die-off. There can’t be that many fans of double IPAs, Imperial stouts and sour beers.

But the growth continues. And many craft breweries that fail quickly reopen under new ownership and brew masters.

Nationally, the news is just as positive. A March 2017 report from the Brewers Association estimates that craft beer claims 12.3 percent of the overall market share by volume in the U.S. In 2016 there were more than 5,300 breweries in the country that produced 24.6 million barrels of brew, a 6 percent increase over 2015.

Related: Explore more than 150 breweries in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties

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