BREAKING NEWS (Kinda): Beer is an Economic Powerhouse in America

Beer Institute Beer Serves America Map Report

Every other year, the Beer Institute releases the Beer Serves America economic impact study in partnership with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA). The last report was conducted in 2012, and the 2014 report was released earlier this week.

The results? Astounding. Here’s one of countless crazy stats: one job in a brewery or wholesaler supports 45 jobs outside of it. How awesome is that? Check out the first portion of the Beer Serves America report below…

Beer Institute website

“The Beer Serves America economic impact study is conducted biennially by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association to measure the full impact of beer in the United States.

An indication of beer’s importance is its inclusion in the basket of goods the government uses to calculate the Consumer Price Index.

The combined economic impact of brewers, distributors, retailers, our supply-chain partners and induced industries totaled more than $246.5 billion dollars in 2012. The industry today includes more than 2,800 brewers and importer establishments and over 3,700 beer distributor facilities across the country. Our retail partners are also important contributors – the current official beer outlet count for the industry by TDLinx includes over 576,000 beer selling retail establishments. The industry’s economic ripple effect benefits agriculture, manufacturing, construction, transportation and many other businesses whose livelihood depends on the beer industry.

Directly and indirectly, the beer industry employs more than 2 million Americans, providing nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits. The industry pays over $49 billion in business, personal and consumption taxes.

Beer Jobs infographic

Consumer interest in beers, ales and other malt beverages is growing. Today there are thousands of brands available for consumers in the marketplace. Due to industry growth, there are now more than 2,700 permitted brewers, according to the TTB.

Beer Institute Beer Serves America Map Report

U.S. brewers also continue to develop growing markets abroad, now exporting products to more than 150 countries around the world.”


For a table of U.S. statistics on jobs, wages, and taxes, click the map above to visit the Beer Institute’s website. Once you’re there, you can see the stats on your state by hovering over its place on the map.

When you get to their site, be sure to read the rest of the report. And next time someone challenges your passion for beer, you’ll have a loaded arsenal of intelligent responses. Stay thirsty, friends.

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Caleb Houseknecht

I’m the Social Media Organizer and Content Writer at KegWorks. When I’m not blogging about beer, cocktails, and spirits, I’m usually reading, watching movies, playing music, or spending time with family.

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