Small Is Tasty

Microbreweries make a splash

"I just crank up the stereo, stoke up the boiler and brew some ale."

That may seem like an unusual business credo, but it has apparently worked for Ted Badgerow, 32, the president and co-founder of Real Ale, a tiny brewery that opened last September near Ann Arbor, Mich. He plans to produce about 600 bbl. this year. Badgerow, a former cook, is one of a growing number of proprietors of so-called microbreweries, which specialize in richer and more flavorful suds than the typical American beer. Such breweries have been winning...

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