MICROBREWS GETTING LARGER

SEATTLE -- Microbrews are not a fad item, but a rapidly growing phenomenon in the beer industry that will soon account for close to one out of every 10 beers sold in the United States, according to the head of one fast-growing microbrewer here."We think that the microbrewery beer segment is going to represent, together with the import beer segment, perhaps as much as 10% of the beer business. Right

SEATTLE -- Microbrews are not a fad item, but a rapidly growing phenomenon in the beer industry that will soon account for close to one out of every 10 beers sold in the United States, according to the head of one fast-growing microbrewer here.

"We think that the microbrewery beer segment is going to represent, together with the import beer segment, perhaps as much as 10% of the beer business. Right now it is just crossing the 1% threshold," said Paul Shipman, chairman and chief execu

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