Over the past five years, the United States has experienced a rapid growth in the craft beer producing industry, accompanied by an increase in the popularity of craft beer as one of the most popular alcoholic beverages nationwide. The industry primarily is comprised by small-scale breweries, such as brew pubs and microbreweries. The list here mentions the top 10 US Craft Beer Producing States in economic value added, and in these states microbreweries have a significant statewide economic impact.
10. Wisconsin ($1.7 billion)
Wisconsin exhibited a nearly 27% rise in the number of microbreweries between 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The region had 90 craft breweries in 2013, which rose to 114 in 2015. The growth in the craft beer industry of Wisconsin has also boosted the growth of related industries, such as the beer packing and shipping industry and the brewing equipment manufacturing industry.
9. Oregon ($1.8 billion)
Oregon has a booming craft beer industry and, in 2014, Oregon’s small breweries crafted 1,641,000 barrels of microbrewers' beers. Oregon also leads the country in craft beer consumption by its own population, with 585,000 barrels of the craft beer produced in Oregon per year being bought by Oregonians themselves. At present, Oregon’s craft beer brewing industry contributes $1.8 billion to the state’s economy annually.
8. Michigan ($1.9 billion)
Craft beer production in Michigan experienced a 41.5% hike in 2014 in relation to the data from 2013. In 2014, 825,103 barrels were produced by the 159 craft brewers in Michigan, which is significantly higher than the figure of 582,909 barrels produced by 131 craft brewers the previous year. The states craft brewing industry contributes $1.9 billion towards the economy of the state.
7. Florida ($2.1 billion)
Florida has one of the fastest growing crafty beer industries in the U.S.. In Florida, there are 0.8 breweries per 100,000 21+ year-old adults of the population of the state. 42 new businesses producing craft beer opened in the state in 2014. Florida’s craft beer breweries produce an annual output of 1,128,089 barrels of craft beer per year.
6. Illinois ($2.3 billion)
As per the State Craft Beer Sales and Production Statistics, 2014, the number of craft breweries in Illinois more than doubled in four years, from 54 in 2011 to 103 in 2014. The average beer production of the state is estimated to be 401,067 barrels of beer per year. The impact per capita of the craft beer industry in Illinois happens to be $247.08, and the industry contributes $2.3 billion towards the state’s economy.
5. Colorado ($2.7 billion)
Colorado’s craft beer brewing industry contributes $2.7 billion to the state’s economy. According to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado, in 2014 the industry employed a workforce of 6,021 people in the state. The number of craft beer breweries have undergone a substantial increase in Colorado in recent years, from 118 in 2013 to 309 in 2015.
4. New York ($2.9 billion)
The craft beer industry in New York underwent a period of rapid growth due to the trend towards more lenient regulations applicable to breweries in the state. The industry grew by 59% between 2013 and 2014. There was also more than a doubling of the number of such breweries, from 95 in 2012 to 207 in 2015. The industry contributes $2.9 billion towards the economic growth of the state, and holds immense potential for further growth in the future.
3. Texas ($3.8 billion)
Texas has a rapidly growing craft beer industry, and ranks third in the country in terms of the industry’s impact on the state’s economy. The microbreweries of the state contribute $3.8 billion to Texas’s economy. In 2013, the craft beer industry grew by 17% there, as per the records of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. Also, and arguably more importantly, about 100 small craft beer producers, producing less than 225,000 beer barrels, also exhibited a growth of 44% in 2013.
2. Pennsylvania ($4.5 billion)
As per State Craft Beer Sales and Production Statistics, 2014 data, Pennsylvania had 136 craft breweries in the state (an increase in number from 88 in 2011) and 1.5 breweries per 100,000 21+ year-old adults. The state produces a current output of 4,074,883 barrels of craft beer per year. Pennsylvania’s craft beer industry contributes a staggering $4.5 billion towards the economy of the state.
1. California ($6.9 billion)
California ranks the highest in the country in terms of the craft beer industry’s nominal contribution to the state economy, contributing $6.9 billion to California's economy per year at last count. The state experienced a 24% growth in such breweries between 2013 and 2014, with an annual production level of 3.4 million barrels of craft beer (equivalent to over 100 million gallons). This yield was sourced from over 500 breweries operating in the state in 2014.