Craft beer sales were strong again last year. Small and independent craft brewers saw volume increase 11 percent and retail sales dollars increase 12 percent over 2009, according to the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo. The number of U.S. breweries also are increasing. Last year, there were 1,759 operating breweries, up 8 percent from the previous year. Craft brewers produced nearly 10 million barrels, about 1 million more barrels than 2009. "Beer lovers increased their appreciation for American craft brewers and their beers in 2010," association Director Paul Gatza said in a prepared statement. "Craft brewers' stories resonate with Americans who are choosing small, independent companies making delicious beers in more than 100 different styles." To read more, click here.