New Report Gauges Billion-Dollar Impact of Wisconsin’s Craft Beer Industry

According to a new report from the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association, Wisconsin’s beer industry had an $8-billion impact on the state’s economy in 2014.

The report details that growth comes from not only New Glarus Brewing Co. and many others brewing beer, but from retail sales, taxes, and supply demand for things like cardboard and bottles.

Also indicated in the report is that beer sales have stayed level from year to year.

One of the highlights of the report detailed the increase in beer sold each year.

In the first six months of 2015, 12.2 million barrels of craft beer were sold across the U.S., up from 10.6 million barrels in 2014, and 6.4 million during the same period in 2012.

Our take: The industry is growing–that’s obvious. To see how much it grows with cold, hard numbers is something special. We have a feeling that craft beer is only getting started.

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