The Brewers Association has reported record-breaking craft beer sales and growth in the US.

The trade association said late last week that the volume of craft beer sold in H1 rose by 11% year-on-year with growth in value terms increasing by 14%.

The US beer industry sold 1m more barrels in the first six months of 2007 compared to the previous year, the organisation noted, 400,000 of which were produced by craft breweries. For the first time, craft beer also exceeded more than a 5% value share of total beer sales.

Brewers Association director Paul Gatza said: "The 1,400 small, independent and traditional craft brewers in the US have hit their stride. US craft brewers are making many of the world's best beers, and the marketplace is responding."

Brewers Association director of craft beer marketing Julia Herz added: "Craft beer market share is steadily and consistently growing. A grassroots movement is responsible for this success as appreciators continue to trade up."