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Who's Who In Craft Beer

05/23/2012 08:24 am ET | Updated Jul 23, 2012

Thirty years ago, the concept of a craft-beer power ranking system was inconceivable. Back then, there were only a handful of breweries pumping out suds that deviated from the watery-lager norm.

Fast-forward to 2012, and there are more than 2,000 breweries in the country -- with another 600 or 700 on the way. The scope of innovative beers is nothing short of stunning, with sour ales, bitter IPAs, barrel-aged stouts now the norm. Who's leading the sudsy charge? Here's our list of the most influential craft breweries today, taking into account new products, news and overall industry buzz.

Craft Beer Power Rankings