If you’ll be tipping back a cold one this weekend, you’re not alone.
Albeit for the popularity of apple-tinis and mojitos, the beer industry is doing quite well.
The U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday that the number of breweries in the United States more than doubled – from 398 to 869 - between 2007 and 2012.
The brewery industry reported $28.3 billion in shipments in 2012, an increase of 33.6 percent from 2007.
Industry employment also rose to 26,077 workers, up 3,825 positions from 2007 to 2012.
Among other data:
• Beer shipments in barrels and kegs rose 88.2 percent to $2.4 billion in 2012.
• Beer shipments in cans increased 32.1 percent to $14.3 billion.
• From the world of wine, production of red and white varieties was evenly mixed, with reds representing 31.6 percent of the total and whites marking 29.2 percent.
• Wholesale sales of distilled liquor nationwide rose 29.9 percent.