The Brewers Association, the industry trade group for craft brewers, has just released a new report regarding the economic impact of craft beer in 2012 across the country. The report states that craft brewers (reported as small and independent brewers) contributed $33.9 billion to the United States economy in 2012, as well as more than 360,000 jobs, with 108,440 of those jobs coming directly from breweries and brewpubs. The report derived its numbers from the total impact of beer brewed as well as movement through the three-tier system, and merchandise and food sold at breweries and brewpubs.
The top 5 states according to the report are California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Not necessarily surprising. As to economic impact per capita, the list changes, with Oregon, Colorado, Vermont, Maine, and Montana taking top honors. In South Carolina, the report stated that craft beer had an economic impact of slightly over $254 million ($254,273,000.00) in 2012. Additionally, 2,909 jobs were reported. Per capita, the economic impact is $73.92 per person over the age of 21.
What does this all mean? Well, this is certainly encouraging news for South Carolina breweries, brewpubs, and craft beer enthusiasts. It’s also news that we already knew – that craft beer is growing in South Carolina and having a big economic impact. But, keep in mind, these are numbers from 2012. A lot has changed in the last year. With the new Pint Law and a growth in the number of breweries opening in 2013, look for these numbers to continue to increase in the Palmetto state.
You can view the report here: http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/government-affairs/economic-impact-data