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Study: Texas Ranks 2nd in the U.S. In Generating The Most Beer Related Jobs & In Economic Contribution.

A recent study released May 23rd by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute shows that Texas ranks 2nd next to California in generating beer related jobs.  We are also 2nd in economic contribution.  We Texans love our beer and it shows!

Beer related Jobs Chart

Obviously the Craft Beer scene in Texas has seen a boom over the last 6-7 years and here in Dallas/Fort Worth, the number of breweries over that same time period has grown 1000%  This translates to more money added to the economy as well as more jobs created.  Here are some interesting findings in the study *:

  • Brewers and beer importers directly employ 64,745 American workers.
  • Beer distributors directly employ 134,240 American workers.
  • Large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers account for about 58 percent of the industry’s jobs.
  • Microbreweries account for 27.1 percent of the industry’s workforce.
  • Brewpub jobs make up 15.2 percent of the industry’s jobs.
  • Brewing industry suppliers — manufacturers of bottles, cans, kegs, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment and marketing displays — generate about $115.3 billion in economic activity and they employ more than 491,800 workers.
  • The top five states for “beer-related” job creation were California (267,576), Texas (165,249), Florida (168,786), New York (130,762) and Illinois (89,692).
  • The state of California also led the way with the largest economic impact: $48.2 billion.

Beer is becoming a big business.  The study shows that microbreweries account for 27.1 percent of the industry’s workforce and brewpubs make up 15.2%.  That’s almost half of the beer industry!  With those numbers, you can see why big beer is feeling threatened by the craft beer movement!  Craft beer not only adds value to the economy it also brings in a quality product to an industry that has for a very long time sold people on the idea that beer doesn’t need to have flavor, it just needs to be less filling.  Because who drinks beer for flavor?

Beer is more than a refreshing adult beverage. The beer industry is vital to the United States…”

I think the reason for the craft beer boom is that America has come to realize that food and drink is not just for sustenance anymore.  It can (and should) have flavor!  Also, America has come to love all things local.  Locally raised beef and chicken, local vegetables, and local craft beer!  Many restaurant and pub establishments are realizing this as well and are starting to carry local craft beer.  Where once a place would only carry big domestics and maybe a few imports (Corona, Heineken, etc…), they are now starting to offer some local options as well.

Also, we are seeing many establishments opening up that cater to the craft beer community:  Growler fill bars, craft beer bars, restaurants with a focus on craft beer and brewpubs where they brew beer on premise.

Here are the numbers for us here in Dallas/Fort Worth**:

  • Jobs created:  57,101
  • Wages earned:  $2,329,766,100
  • Money put into the economy:  $7,741,741,100

The more we work to support craft beer, not only in our legislature, but in our communities as citizens, the more money we put into our economy and the more jobs we help to create!

Read the full press release below:

Beer Institute and NBWA Announce U.S. Beer Industry Contributes $350 Billion to Economy and Creates 2.23 Million Jobs

Beer Serves America Reveals the Beer Industry’s Vast Impact on U.S. Economy and Job Creation Across the Nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – From brewers and beer importers to beer distributors and retailers, the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) today released Beer Serves America, an economic study that highlights how the U.S. beer industry generates more than 2.23 million jobs, providing $103.3 billion in wages and benefits to American workers and families.

Economic output, job data and tax contributions per state can be found here:

The study, based on government and industry data, estimates the wages provided, the economic contribution generated, the taxes paid and the number of jobs supported by the American beer industry.

“Beer is more than a refreshing adult beverage. The beer industry is vital to the United States, generating nearly 2.23 million jobs and contributing more than $350 billion to the American economy,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “Beer Serves America demonstrates how brewers, beer importers and beer industry suppliers are creating jobs, providing wages and benefits to working Americans and supporting the economy in every state and every congressional district.”

NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser said, “America’s beer distributors are proud to provide nearly 135,000 jobs with solid wages and great benefits to employees at more than 3,000 facilities, located in every state and congressional district across the country. Independent beer distributors generate significant economic contributions in their communities through local business-to-business commerce, investments in local infrastructure and capital assets and tax revenue. Through a wide range of services, distributors work to build beer brands of all kinds – from large, familiar labels to start-up, craft brands and imports from around the world – and to deliver vast consumer choice in the marketplace.”

Key findings from the Beer Serves America report include:

Brewers and beer importers directly employ 64,745 Americans. About 58 percent of brewing jobs are linked to large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers.

Beer distributors directly employ 134,240 Americans.

Overall, the beer industry contributes more than $350 billion in economic output, which is equal to nearly 1.9 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.

Suppliers to the brewing industry – enterprises that manufacture bottles, cans and kegs, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment or marketing displays – generate nearly $115.3 billion in economic activity and are responsible for more than 491,800 jobs alone.

The Beer Serves America study was compiled by an independent economics firm John Dunham & Associates. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the industry available, using data collected directly from private companies, Infogroup, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.


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: Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

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 For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, like NBWA on Facebook, follow NBWA on Instagram and subscribe to NBWA’s YouTube channel.



About the author


I am a local DFW native who ventured into craft beer (Imports) back in the late 80's. My goal is to be able to educate the craft beer community as much as possible about our burgeoning craft beer scene here in Dallas/Fort Worth. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!

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