Craft Beer = Economic Development

If you happened to savor a cold one while watching the NFL playoffs this past weekend, you may be pleased to know that you may be making a growing contribution to your local economy.  New data from the Brewer’s Association, the major U.S. network for craft brewers, shows that America’s craft brewers contributed nearly $34 billion to the American economy in 2012.   In terms of total economic output, the biggest states tend to be the top performers (California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado).  But, when the data is assessed on a per capita basis, many of the emerging craft brewing centers, such as Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, Maine, and Montana) rise to the top of the rankings.  Craft brewing is continuing to grow massively in the U.S.  Today, there are 2, 347 craft breweries, including brew pubs and microbreweries, and these breweries employ more than 108,000 people. You can find all the stats and anything else you’d like to know about the craft brewing economy here.

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