The Brewers Association has released a preliminary count of the number of active breweries in operation in the United States at the end of 2011. The rough count shows a clear increase in active breweries from 1,675 in 2010 to 1,949 in 2011, an incredible 16% increase. The BA also tracks the number of “breweries in planning”, a snapshot of breweries likely to open in 2012 which jumped to a record 915, meaning we can expect 600-700 new breweries to open in 2012, or in other words, 2 new breweries every day. Follow the link below to the Brewers Association where they explain what the numbers are and where they came from. And keep drinking craft beer.