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Outlook 2012: Brewing is booming

Local beer makers, brew pubs predict growth, but demand not reflected in employment numbers

Max Oswald, N.E. Regional Sales Manager, pours a sample in the tasting room of the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company behind 3 locally brewed beers Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Max Oswald, N.E. Regional Sales Manager, pours a sample in the tasting room of the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company behind 3 locally brewed beers Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
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Production is up at the Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. in Saratoga Springs, the region’s largest brewer, as well as at local brew pubs in Schenectady, Troy and Albany. But in most cases, the numbers of employees involved in the increased beer making has remained about the same. Keith Ricciardone, operations manager at Olde Saratoga Brewing Co., said there hasn’t been much of an increase in workers at his brewery since 2008. The Saratoga Springs brewery ...


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