The Brewers Association (BA) — the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers — has released its 2016 Economic Impact Report, a biennial analysis featuring economic data of craft brewing for all 50 states across the US.
Contributing $67.8 billion to the US economy in 2016 — a 21.7% 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 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% increase from 2014, with 128,768 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs.
Top five states by output (2016)