The $26 billion U.S. craft beer industry is booming, and we've uncovered the best beer stock to buy for long-term gains: Craft Brew Alliance Inc. (Nasdaq: BREW).
In 1979, there were just 89 U.S. breweries, according to the Brewers Association. At the end of 2017, there were 6,266 U.S. craft breweries.
That's a 6,940% increase.
And Craft Brew Alliance's craft lineup provides a perfect way to play the booming market…
It has one of the most diversified product lines in the industry. Its brands include Red Hook, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Kona Brewing Co., and Omission Beer.
Red Hook is the most famous of Craft's holdings, as it was one of America's first craft breweries. It was founded in 1981 and offers beer on draught, in bottles, and in cans around the country.
Widmer Brewing helped create the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1994. Kona is Hawaii's largest craft brewer. Omission Brewing is best known for its gluten-free beer.
On top of that, Craft also owns Square Mile Cider Co.
Angry Orchard (hard cider producer) is a subsidiary of the Boston Beer Co. Inc. (NYSE: SAM), and its sales are one of the reasons why the SAM stock price has climbed 105% in the past year.
Similarly, squares from Square Mile Cider could help Craft Brew Alliance bring in more revenue, which will attract more investors.
That could send the stock price higher.
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Shares of Craft opened today (Sept. 11) at $18.35. But financial firm Cowen & Co. expects the Craft stock price to climb 25% in the next 12 months.
And with the Dow Jones Industrial Average up just 4.16% so far in 2018, you can't afford to pass on double-digit profit opportunities.
This is obviously a great find, but we also wanted to share how we uncovered BREW.
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