Report: Craft Beer Means $2B to Pa. Economy

By Peter Van Allen / Philadelphia Business Journal
|  Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013  |  Updated 8:43 PM EDT
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For Pa., Big Money in Craft Beer

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This year's Great American Beer Festival attracted a lot of craft beer enthusiasts. The GABF this year offered up 3100 beers from 624 breweries.

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Craft beer was a $2 billion industry in Pennsylvania last year, ranking it No. 4 nationally, a trade group said.

The Keystone State ranks only behind three more populous states — California ($4.7 billion), Texas ($2.3 billion) and New York ($2.2 billion) — but ahead of Colorado ($1.6 billion), where the craft brewing industry has a major foothold, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association.

Pennsylvania had 20,867 people working in the craft-beer trade in 2012, earning $666.4 million in wages. Through 2012, it had 102 breweries, up from 93 the previous year. In craft-beer production, Pennsylvania is behind only California.

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Downingtown, Pa.-based Victory Brewing Co. is the state’s largest craft brewer. A “craft brewer,” as defined by the Brewers Association, produces fewer than 6 million barrels a year. (Pottsville-based D.G. Yuengling & Son is the state’s largest overall brewer.)

Overall, American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.

Read more about this story at PBJ.COM.

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