September 11-15, 2017

Craft Brewers' Economic Contribution: $34B

According to a new analysis by the Brewers Association (BA), small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.

The figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products that brewpub restaurants sell.

“With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level,” says Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process.”

In addition to the national impact, the BA examined output of the craft brewing industry by state, as well as the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21.
Top Five States (2012)
1. California:  $4.7 billion
2. Texas:  $2.3 billion
3. New York: $2.2 billion
4. Pennsylvania: $2.0 billion
5. Colorado: $1.6 billion

Top Five States in Age 21+ Output per Capita (2012):

1. Oregon: $448.56
2. Colorado: $436.50
3. Vermont: $418.57
4. Maine: $324.36
5. Montana: $315.37

The industry also provided more than 360,000 jobs, with 108,440 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs. For additional study statistics and methodology, including state-by-state data, see the economic impact page on the Brewers Association website. For a broader set of facts and figures about the craft brewing industry, see the craft brewing statistics section of the website.

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