This is a few days late, but it is noteworthy, Magic Hat Brewing Company had a 26% increase in sales for 2008. 26% that is insane! The craft beer industry as a whole saw increases around 8% last year. It is also interesting because Magic Hat is expanding to new areas, and they are still seeing increasing sales in markets they already sell to. Magic Hat #9 sales were up 33%.
Magic Hat is the nations 12th largest brewer and is adding a massive addition to their capacity for 2009. They plan on taking production from 127,586 barrels in 2008 to 165,000 barrels in 2009. That is an increase of 37,414 barrels, or 1,159,834 gallons of beer, or 12,371,563 more bottles of beer. Way to go Magic Hat.