A CASE FOR MICROBREWS

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Specialty beers from microbreweries are putting a healthy head on beer category sales at Raley's here. Earlier this year, the chain built up its assortment of microbrews -- beers produced in small quantities by small breweries and often distributed locally -- and the investment has paid off handsomely."Our sales of the microbrews have probably increased around 200% over

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Specialty beers from microbreweries are putting a healthy head on beer category sales at Raley's here. Earlier this year, the chain built up its assortment of microbrews -- beers produced in small quantities by small breweries and often distributed locally -- and the investment has paid off handsomely.

"Our sales of the microbrews have probably increased around 200% over the last year," said Bob Jennings, buyer and merchandising manager for the beverage depa

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