Iowa-produced craft beers continue surge in popularity

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A new state report shows that Iowa-produced craft beers continue to surge in popularity.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the amount of such beer sold in Iowa increased 11 percent from fiscal year 2017 to 2018, to nearly 685,000 gallons. The new numbers were released this week by the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

The market has seen strong growth for the second consecutive year. Iowa breweries enjoyed a 9.7 percent increase from fiscal year 2016 to 2017.

The report notes that the craft beer growth happened despite a 2 percent decrease in overall beer sold in the state from fiscal year 2017 to 2018. About 71 million gallons were sold in Iowa in the past fiscal year, which ended June 30.

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