Economics of Local Breweries
Beer is a significant contributor to many local economies, with craft breweries alone contributing more than 550,000 jobs in 2018. Economic impacts are highest per capita in Colorado, Vermont, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Maine.
Trouble is brewing as climate change threatens the key ingredients in beer. Hops, barley, and water are at risk from increased heat and precipitation extremes.
Brewers are pursuing solutions to reduce water usage, encourage more sustainable farming, limit material use, and power facilities with clean energy.