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.
Beer Industry Economic Contribution Study 2014.
Released July 2015.