Brewers Association

Economic Impact Data

The Craft Brewing Industry Contributed $33.9 Billon to the U.S. Economy in 2012, more than 360,000 Jobs


Small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012. 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 like food and merchandise that brewpub restaurants and brewery taprooms sell. The industry also provided more than 360,000 jobs, with 108,440 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs.

Learn more about how these figures were calculated in the study methodology .

In addition to the national impact, the Brewers Association examined output of the craft beer industry by state, as well as the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21.

Data from all 50 states

Top Five States (2012)

Rank State 2012 Output
1. California $4.7 billion
2. Texas $2.3 billion
3. New York $2.2 billion
4. Pennsylvania $2.0 billion
5. Colorado $1.6 billion

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Top Five States in Age 21+ Output per Capita (2012)

Rank State 2012 Output/Capita
1. Oregon $448.56
2. Colorado      
$436.50
3. Vermont $418.57
4. Maine $324.36
5. Montana $315.37

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“With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level. As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process.”

Bart Watson, Staff Economist
Brewers Association

More than 4,600 members - owners, CEOs, brewers, marketers, distributors and managers have made the investment.