Small brewers boost economy

Study finds they add $11 billion annually

Dec 8, 1999 - Small brewers contribute more than $11 billion annually to the U.S. economy, according to a study released by the Beer Institute.


The small brewer segment, along with wholesalers and retail partners, directly and indirectly employ approximately 70,000 Americans who earn nearly $5 billion in wages and benefits. "Diverse interests, such as agriculture, transportation, packaging and advertising, also benefit from the strength of the brewing industry," said Institute president Jeff Becker.

The small brewers segment directly and indirectly accounts for approximately $750 million in tax collections at federal, state and local levels, according to the Institute.

The Institute defines small brewers as those producing less than 2 million barrels annually and found nearly 1,400 in operation. Steve L. Barsby and Associates conducted the study for the Beer Institute, which is a national trade association.

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