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Craft beer in Iowa has room to grow, study finds

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Craft beer in Iowa has room to grow, study finds

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Craft beer in Iowa has room to grow, study finds

Bottles of Zip Line beer sit in a bucket of ice at (Photo: Brian Achenbach) It’s easy to think that breweries are popping up on every corner, that taps these days are flowing with nothing but craft beers and that grocery store aisles are stocked to the brim with small-batch, eccentric brews.

But Iowa hasn’t seen anything yet.

A new study released Tuesday predicts that Iowa’s craft beer boom is only getting started: The research projects local breweries will more than triple production between 2014 and 2019.

Locally brewed craft beer pumped $100 million into the state economy in 2014, according to the study funded and commissioned by the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board.

Craft brewing accounted for 1,500 jobs in 2014, and the number of Iowa breweries has doubled since 2009 to more than 50 in 29 counties. That’s good news for all Iowans, says Megan McKay, who owns Peace Tree Brewing Co. in Knoxville.Distributors, liquor stores and grocery stores still get a cut from craft brew sales, McKay said, but profits largely stay at home, […]

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