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U.S. brewing jobs: 2014

According to the Beer Institute:


⊲ Breweries and beer import companies in the U.S. employ 49,576 people in brewing or importing operations, sales, packaging and direct distribution.

⊲ Actively-producing breweries in the U.S. employ 47,528.

⊲ Breweries and brewpubs producing fewer than 2 million barrels per year employ 19,430.



According to the (U.S.) Brewers Association:


⊲ Small and independent American craft brewers provided more than 424,000 jobs, with more than 115,000 jobs directly at breweries and brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs.

⊲ Small and independent American craft brewers contributed $55.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014. The figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products like food and merchandise that brewpub restaurants and brewery taprooms sell.



There are basically four types of domestic brewing firms

in the country.


⊲ First, the major brewers – those that

produce over 2 million barrels of malt beverages per

year. These include traditional names such as AnheuserBusch

InBev, MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing Company,

as well as a number of newer firms that began production

after federal brewing laws were changed in the latter

1970s (The Boston Beer Company, for example). In

addition, while they may not brew beer in the U.S., many

major international brewing companies like Heineken,

Diageo and Constellation Brands Beer Division also have

substantial domestic sales and service operations that are

included in the brewing figures.


⊲ There are also several dozen regional brewers in the

country, each of which is sizable and has national

distribution but generally produce fewer than 2 million

barrels of malt beverages. These include a number

of well-known companies like Sierra Nevada Brewing

Company, New Belgium Brewing Company, Dogfish

Head Craft Brewery and Lagunitas Brewing Company.


⊲ Finally, there are literally thousands of brew-pubs and

small brewers [producing fewer than 15,000 barrels per year] located throughout America. These

firms produce beer for a limited market – sometimes

only for their own restaurant or retail establishment.


The Beer Institute:

Beer Industry Economic Contribution Study 2014.

Released July 2015.




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Taken on September 6, 2015