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About the study

The brewing and beer wholesaling industry impacts almost every community in America.

Use the interactive map and form below to see how the brewing and beer wholesaling industry impacts your U.S. Congressional or state legislative district

About the Beer Institute

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: www.BeerInstitute.org. Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

About the National Beer Wholesalers Association

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.AmericasBeerDistributors.com. For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on www.youtube.com/NBWABeer and visit www.facebook.com/NBWABeer.

  • A presence in every

    CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

    in the nation.

    • Helping the

      ECONOMIES

      of all 50 states.

      • A powerhouse in

        JOB CREATION

        commercial activity & tax revenue.

        • Each brewing industry job generates

          31 ADDITIONAL FULL TIME JOBS

          including 0.7 jobs in farming and other sectors

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State & Congressional District Data

The brewing and beer wholesaling industry impacts almost every community in America.

Use the interactive map and form below to see how the brewing and beer wholesaling industry impacts your U.S. Congressional or state legislative district

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BEER SERVES THE AMERICAN ECONOMY

An economic study highlights that the vast scope of the U.S. beer industry – from brewers and beer importers to beer distributors to retailers – generates more than $328 billion in economic activity, more than 2.1 million American jobs and nearly $59 billion in tax revenue.

Jobs, tax contribution and economic impact figures for each state can be found here.

The Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) released the Beer Serves America report to highlight the industry’s complete impact on the American economy. The study, based on government and industry data, examines direct, indirect and induced spending, labor, and tax collection.

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KEY TAKE AWAYS from the
2018 Beer Serves America Report

$328 Billion

Overall, the beer industry contributes more than $328 billion in economic output which is equal to 1.6 percent of U.S. GDP.

70,000 EMPLOYED

Brewers and beer importers directly employ nearly 70,000 Americans. About 58 percent of brewing jobs are linked to large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers.

19% INCREASE

The number of distributor jobs has increased by more than 19 percent in the last decade, to nearly 141,600.

437,000 JOBS

Suppliers to the brewing industry – enterprises that manufacture bottles and cans, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment or marketing displays, for example – generate nearly $102 billion in economic activity and are responsible for nearly 437,000 jobs.

$58.6 BILLION

Nearly $59 billion in tax revenue is generated by the production and sale of beer and other malt beverages, which is equal to nearly 40 percent of the retail price paid for these products by consumers.

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BEER JOBS IN AMERICA

Beer is an employment intensive industry in the United States. From barley growers to bartenders, from farmers to factory workers, the beer industry in the United States generated more than 2.1 million American jobs in dozens of industries – manufacturing, agriculture, trucking, warehousing, grocery, and the bar and restaurant business are just some of the most obvious directly related to brewers.

All told, for every one job in a brewery or beer importer, another 31 jobs in other industries are supported.

Beer Serves America is a careful examination of the total aggregate impact of these jobs, but also offers a snapshot of each of the employment categories – brewers and beer importers, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers, and induced labor.

See below for the 2019 Beer Serves America report release video:

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JOBS BY EMPLOYMENT CATEGORY

Brewing & Beer Importing

The keystone of the brewing industry’s contribution, brewers and beer importers directly employ nearly 70,000 Americans. About 58 percent of brewing jobs are linked to large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers.

Distributors

The number of distributor jobs has increased by more than 19 percent in the last decade, to nearly 141,600.

Retail

All the supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, and taverns that sell beer are considered the retail tier of the beer business and employ more than 912,000.

SUPPORTING INDUSTRIES

Enterprises that manufacture bottles and cans, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment, or marketing displays generate nearly $102 billion in economic activity and are responsible for nearly 437,000 jobs.

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BEER & Taxes

The Beer Serves America study estimates taxes paid by the industry and its employees and consumer taxes generated by the sale of malt beverage products. All told, nearly $59 billion in tax revenues are generated by the production and sale of beer and other malt beverages. On average, nearly 40 percent of what consumers paid at retail for beer went to a tax of some kind, including local sales taxes, consumption taxes, business taxes, and the federal excise tax on beer.

Beyond the numerical indicators of brewers' economic activity there is another powerful story. The brewing industry has a presence in every congressional district in the country, and family names appear on most beer packages sold in the United States.

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