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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.

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