Craft Brewing Responsible For Nearly One Half Million American Jobs

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$67.8B economic impact and employment that can’t be outsourced.

The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—today released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, a biennial analysis featuring economic data of craft brewing for all 50 states across the United States, the largest and most comprehensive state-by-state report of its kind.

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Contributing $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016, a 21.7 percent increase from 2014, the data underscores that small and independent craft brewers continue to grow as a powerful economic engine that contributes to businesses and healthy communities in each and every state. 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 and brewery taprooms sell.

Craft brewers were also responsible for more than 456,373 full-time equivalent jobs, a 7.5 percent increase from 2014, with 128,768 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs.

In addition to the national impact, the BA examined output of by state:

State2016 Output
California$7,344,502,000
Pennsylvania$5,787,811,000
Texas$4,539,628,000
New York$3,439,441,000
Florida$3,074,261,000

For additional study statistics and methodology, including state-by-state data, see the economic impact page on the Brewers Association website.

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSM, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

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