Craft beer industry still growing in Wisconsin

Still room for growth in Wisconsin's craft beer industry?

Published On: Aug 24 2013 10:25:23 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 24 2013 10:34:24 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

From Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee to Angry Minnow Brewing Co., in Minocqua, Wis., is home to dozens of regional breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs.

The Brewers Association said there are nearly 100 breweries in Wisconsin of all sizes. More than two dozen others are in the planning states around the state.

Too much competition or oversaturation? Sprecher Brewing Co. President Jeff Hamilton doesn't think so. He predicted another five or six years of industry growth before some breweries will fold.

South Shore Brewery owner Bo Belanger is president of the Wisconsin Brewers Guild. He told Wisconsin Public Radio there's plenty of room for more craft breweries, since they account for just 5 percent of beer sold in Wisconsin. Craft beer captures 30 percent of the market in some other states.