Craft Beer Added $34 Billion to U.S. Economy in 2012

Craft Beer in the United States

As a new year approaches, the various stats and reports from 2012 are now coming out. Unfortunately, since the 2008 economic crisis, these reports typically bring more bad news than they do good. This is not the case, however, with craft beer.

According to a recent report from the Brewers Association, small and independent American craft breweries added $33.9 billion dollars to the U.S. economy in 2012.


2012 Craft Beer Economic Impact by State

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The BA report states that “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.”

The top five states include, California ($4.7 billion), Texas ($2.3 billion), New York ($2.2 billion), Pennsylvania ($2 billion), and Colorado ($1.6 billion).

In addition to the national impact, the BA also examined the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21, seen in the map below.

2012 State Economic Craft Beer Impact Per Capita

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The top five states in this report include Oregon ($448.56), Colorado ($436.50), Vermont ($418.57), Maine ($324.36), and Montana ($315.37).

Here are some more fun (and inspiring) stats from the BA report:

  • 2,347 craft breweries operated in the U.S. in 2012

  • Craft brewers sold an estimated 13,235,917 barrels of beer

  • The industry provided 360,000 jobs

So, as we think about the beginning of 2014, let’s also celebrate the success of craft beer in years past. This year, on December 31, let’s raise a glass of beer to beer. Happy New Year’s everyone. Cheers to beer!


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