ST. CLOUD -- The popularity of craft beer is increasing nationwide and bars in the St. Cloud area are embracing the movement. Sales of craft beer nearly doubled in the past five years, increasing from $5.7 billion in 2007 to $12 billion in 2012.

One issue nationally is that the majority of craft beer is consumed by the 25 to 34 demographic, but Assistant General Manager Philip Cook of Old Capital Tavern in Sauk Rapid, says there is a wide range of consumers in the local area.

The difference between craft and domestic beer is well known among enthusiasts. Owner Ray Herrington of the Boulder Tap House, says cost can be a factor...

The varieties offered by craft beer provide tastes of all kind. Herrington says it takes time to warm up to craft beer...

St. Cloud bars are offering regionally produced varieties. General Manager Doug DeGeest of the Third Street Brew House, says consumers are looking for better beer...

Regional tastes are not limited to locals. DeGeest says when people travel, they look for something new...

The increasing popularity is leading to events such as the St. Cloud Craft Beer Tour, which will take place next month at the River's Edge Convention Center.