Love them or hate them, IPAs are growing in popularity, at least according to yearly data compiled by the Brewers Association (those lovable rapscallions). In addition to letting us know that sales of IPAs have increased by 47% in volume, the trade group has released some promising stats concerning the rest of the craft beer industry -- a whopping 1.5 breweries are opening in America every single day, and there are now over 3,200 brewers total across the country.
This has been a good year for IPAs (they were the most entered category at the Great American Beer Festival, our coverage of which can be found here) and craft beer in general, which experienced 18% growth in sales by volume for the first half of the year, and -- if American beer-imbibing trends continue toward heaviness in the holiday season -- will continue to rise.
So keep drinking those craft beers, people! And maybe give something other than an IPA a shot.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and is proud to be responsible for even an infinitesimal part of craft beer's growth. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.