Ohio came in fourth for U.S. craft brew production with roughly 981,000 barrels produced by 86 breweries in 2012. Top brewers include Great Lakes Brewing Co. and Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., which produce at least 145,000 and 15,000 barrels per year, respectively. "The craft beer industry is pretty tight, and Ohio is viewed as a pretty strong power player," said Bart Watson, staff economist for the Brewers Association.

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