Survey toasts impact of Colorado brewers
Last Updated: 16:53 December 16, 2013
On a per capita basis, only Oregon's craft brewers provided more impact in 2012. Colorado craft brewers pumped $1.6 billion into the state's economy.
"It speaks to Colorado as a brewing community," said Bart Watson, the Brewers Association's staff economist, "$1.6 billion is nothing to sneeze at."
The figures are derived from the total economic impact of craft beer as it moves from breweries to wholesalers to retailers, as well as the impact of non-beer products sold by brewpub restaurants.
California's craft brewers pump $4.7 billion into the economy there to top the list. Texas was second at $2.3 billion, followed by New York ($2.2 billion), Pennsylvania ($2 billion) and Colorado. When it comes to economic impact per resident age 21 and older, Oregon tops the list at $448.56, with Colorado second at $436.50. Colorado is the only state in the top five on both lists.
The state ranking is the most detailed the Brewers Association's analysis gets, though Watson said he's hoping to crunch the numbers more locally at some point as well, an area in which Boulder County figures to shine. The number of craft breweries in Boulder County is fast approaching 30.
"Obviously here in Boulder, per capita, there's an incredible number of breweries of many sizes, including some bringing significant economic impact to the area," Watson said.
Nationally, the Brewers Association pegged the craft brewing industry's total economic impact at $33.9 billion in 2012, when the organization reported 2,347 craft breweries operating in the United States. Those breweries sold 13.2 million barrels of beer with a retail value of $11.9 billion.
The Brewers Association numbers also showed that the industry contributed 360,000 jobs nationally, including 108,440 at breweries and brewpubs.
"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," Watson said.
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