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At Dubai's Black Tap restaurant, the Americana doesn't stop at the hamburgers cooking on the grill or hip-hop pumping from the speakers.The new restaurant stocks Dubai's most extensive selection of American craft beer, part of a major $23.5 billion market for customers wanting a different style of ale.That's starting to change, with establishments like Black Tap and Dubai's two main distributors increasingly stocking American craft beer, breaking new ground among Gulf Arab nations, several of which ban alcohol sales entirely.In 2016, craft beer sales represented about 12.3 percent of all beer sales in America, according to the Brewers Association, a Colorado-based trade group.Dubai also takes in a 30 percent tax on every drink sold.However, Heineken lager still dominates beer sales in the UAE.It recently introduced a specialty beer called H41 in Dubai after putting it in select markets in Europe.Among the newest beers on tap at Black Tap are two from Rogue Ales, a Newport, Oregon-based craft brewer some 12,250 kilometers away from Dubai, the only location it sells to in the Mideast.
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