Coloradans consume craft beer at twice the rate of the rest of nation |

Coloradans consume craft beer at twice the rate of the rest of nation

DENVER, CO - MARCH 17: Alex Wambaugh pours a beer at the Crafty Fox on March 17, 2016, in Denver, Colorado. The Crafty Fox, a tap house and pizzeria, opened in February. It offers 60 different taps featuring all craft beer. (Photo by Anya Semenoff/The Denver Post)

Craft beer sales continued to bubble over in 2015, another year of double-digit increases that added up to a 12 percent stake of the U.S. beer market, according to Brewers Association data released Tuesday.

Craft brewers — independent producers that brew 6 million or fewer barrels of beer annually and are at least 75 percent owned by a craft brewer — churned out 24.5 million barrels of beer last year, representing a 13 percent jump in production volume.

The craft segment has seen double-digit growth for eight of the last 10 years, said officials for the Brewers Association, a Boulder-based trade association representing craft brewers.

Retail dollar sales climbed 16 percent to $22.3 billion, the Brewers Association said.

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