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NEW YORK -- After three years of sales declines, beer production increased about 1% in 1996, largely a reflection of the runaway success of microbrews and specialty beer products, according to a report released by Beverage Marketing Corp. of New York here.nly 2% of the total market.Beverage Marketing is predicting the domestic beer industry will grow from 186.6 million barrels in 1995, the last year

NEW YORK -- After three years of sales declines, beer production increased about 1% in 1996, largely a reflection of the runaway success of microbrews and specialty beer products, according to a report released by Beverage Marketing Corp. of New York here.

nly 2% of the total market.

Beverage Marketing is predicting the domestic beer industry will grow from 186.6 million barrels in 1995, the last year complete figures were available, to 191.5 million barrels by 2000, an annu

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