By Dan Haggerty

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Sales growth for craft beers dipped out of double digits for the first time in 6 years, according to the Brewers Association, which oversees the industry. Meanwhile, new breweries continue to open at a pace of two per day nationwide, according to experts.

“Sales is where you really see it more than anything,” said Steve Porcari, an owner of Four Corners Brewing Company in Dallas. “Fighting for shelf space… fighting for taps.”

When Four Corners opened in 2012, the success rate for small brewers was 10 to every one failure. Experts expect that number to soon dip to a one-to-one ratio.

The Metroplex is already home to more than 40 small brewers, and of the 217 in Texas, more than half popped up in just the last two years.

“Yeah, it’s fun, and at the end of the day, you do get to crack a beer, and it’s yours,” said Porcari. “But it’s not an easy business by any means.”

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