Prime evidence of the surging demand for local craft brews at restaurants can be found in the frequency with which tap handles change at their bars. But beers from big breweries often deliver a higher profit compared with those from smaller ones, complicating operators' decisions about whether to bring in new microbrews. Beers from microbreweries are often sold in sixth barrels, or five-gallon barrels, versus the usual 15.5-gallon barrels. Sixth barrels require not only increased ...

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