The brewers association has compiled some interesting stats for 2012.
Top Five States in Age 21+ Output per Capita (2012)
Rank State 2012 Output/Capita
1. Oregon $448.56
2. Colorado $436.50
3. Vermont $418.57
4. Maine $324.36
5. Montana $315.37
It’s not surprising to see Oregon or Colorado on the list, but it’s at least a little interesting to see how much a local industry like craft brewing can have for smaller-population states like Maine and Montana. Even Wyoming (a state not normally associated with craft brewing) has a relatively high impact per capita.
They also provided some interesting factoids about the current state of the industry.
- Craft brewers currently provide an estimated 108,440 jobs in the U.S., including serving staff in brewpubs.
- Growth of the craft brewing industry in 2012 was 15% by volume and 17% by dollars compared to growth in 2011 of 13% by volume and 15% by dollars.
Keep up the good work, brewers (and drinkers!)