05/10/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Craft Beer Sales Up 10.3% In 2009

Last year was not the easiest for some in the beer business: Overall sales in the United States were down 2.2 percent and imported beer sales dropped 9.8 percent.

But there weren't tears in every beer, according to a report released Tuesday.

The craft brewing sector -- a populous group of microbreweries and independent regional operations -- recorded a 10.3 percent increase in sales by dollars and a 7.2 percent increase of sales by volume in 2009, according to a report from the Brewers Association, a Boulder-based trade association that represents craft brewers and hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

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