NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 23: People walk past Brooklyn Brewery on October 23, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. A total of eight fermenters are being installed this week which will allow the craft brewery to make 100,000 barrels of beer per year, 24 hours a day. A mid-year report by the Brewer’s Association cited a 12 percent increase in craft beer sales to 6 million barrels this year. The number of American breweries have surged to a 125-year-high of 2,126 breweries last year, 97 percent of which are independent craft breweries. During the pre-Prohibition era Brooklyn had more than 45 breweries and was one of the largest brewing centers in the U.S., today Brooklyn Brewery is the only brewery in the borough.