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Craft beer demand growing: Chattanooga on radar of brewers

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Hal Mitchell talks about various craft beers at Carter Distributing. Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press Hal Mitchell talks about various craft beers at Carter Distributing. Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Pull out your steins, Chattanoogans. Craft beer is on the rise in the Scenic City.

More than 100 new packages of craft beer have hit the Chattanooga market since January, said Bob Monroe, general sales manager at long-time local alcohol peddler Carter Distributing.

"It's become such a huge part of our business," he said. "And our big competitors in town are doing the same thing. It's the only segment of the beer industry that's growing."

The popularity of craft beer doubled nationally between 2005 and 2012, according to the Brewers Association. The craft beer industry sold 13.2 million barrels of craft beer in 2012, compared to just 6.2 million in 2005.

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