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Pintful: Across the pond, thirst is growing for American craft beer

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Pintful: Across the pond, thirst is growing for American craft beer

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Pintful: Across the pond, thirst is growing for American craft beer

Under a bright summer sun, craft beer fans moved from tent to tent sampling American ales, California commons and West Coast India pale ales.

A food truck rodeo anchored one end, a stage the other. A guy in a shirt from a popular Colorado brewery mingled in the crowd. The speakers blared Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.”

For a moment, it felt like Hickory Hops, or any of the other great outdoor craft beer festivals in North Carolina. But I stumbled upon this one 4,000 miles from home while on vacation in Barcelona, Spain.

The surreal experience across the Atlantic Ocean at the La Fira del Poblenou spoke to the growing thirst abroad for American-style craft brews – not to mention the small-world craft beer community.

The Brewers Association, an industry trade group, recently reported American craft beer exports increased 49 percent in 2013 to 282,500 barrels and an estimated $73 million.

The growth in Europe is particularly intriguing given that American brewers drew their inspiration from their predecessors in beer-soaked regions of Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic.Spain is not known for its craft beer. But the country’s tastes are beginning to change.“The beer scene is super strong and growing here,” Alan Sheppard, the head […]

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