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.
Bottle Logic Brewing President/co-founder Steve Napolitano, left, taste-tests the company’s Double Actuator India Pale Ale. (Photo by H. Lorren Au Jr., Orange County Register/SCNG).
J.R. Scott of Los Angeles reaches for one of the beer glasses in his taster sampler at The Bruery in Placentia. (Photo by Josh Morgan, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Craft brewer Trevor Walls, head brewer at Pizza Port in San Clemente, with some of the beers he makes that are on tap. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Noble Ale Works bartender Matt Fantz serves a couple of pints of home brews to a crowd of visitors. (Photo by Isaac Arjonilla, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Tustin Brewing Co. in Tustin. (Photo by Rod Veal, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Tiffany Collins, from left, Cameron Collins and Carrie James at Artifex Brewing Co. in San Clemente. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register/SCNG)
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in Orange. (Photo by Shelby Wolfe, Contributing Photographer)
Head brewer Trevor Walls, left, and Jon Eckelberger, assistant brewer, stand next to the kettles used for brewing beer at Pizza Port in San Clemente. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Patrons enjoy unseasonably warm weather on an outdoor patio at Bottle Logic Brewing. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)
Erich Kerr of Anaheim and Charlie Honea and Jamie Wright, both of Garden Grove, talk at the bar in the Bottle Logic Brewing taproom. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer)
Patrons talks while enjoying their beers in front of brewing tanks at…