STILLWATER, Minn. -- When you start a business out of love, sometimes, fate rewards you.
Just ask Dan Schwarz over at Lift Bridge Brewing in Stillwater.
"We brewed about 105 barrels in 2008 and in 2012 we brewed about 3,400 barrels and this year projecting close to 7,000 barrels," Schwarz said of the consistent growth.
It doesn't take a business expert to tell that results like that could lead a person to call the Stillwater Lift Bridge brewery a success story.
In just five years, the little brewery that could has expanded three times. They went from three fermentation tanks to 13 in just the past three years. That means they can make up to 13,000 gallons of beer at a time.
And they aren't alone, just this spring Summit Brewery started a $13 million expansion that will double that brewer's production and Surly has released plans for a $20 million site in Minneapolis.
Cleary beer is big business.
"I don't think we have come anywhere near to saturating that so I think it will continue to grow in Minnesota for some time," Schwarz said optimistically.
It's nationwide for the craft brewing boom.
According to the U.S. Brewing Association, overall domestic beer sales are up a full percentage point from last year, and in 2012 they sold $10.2 billion worth of product.
Beer is not just selling, it's creating jobs.
"We've added five employees this year already and will add a couple more this year," Schwarz said.
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