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Craft brewers added $34 billion to U.S. economy in 2012

It’s no secret that Americans are fond of their drink, but new research indicates that suds-swilling Yankees are growing increasingly fond of independent booze.

Small and independent craft breweries in 2012 contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy, according to analysis done by the Brewers Association, whom we assume weren’t drinking while crunching numbers.

It turns out that beer hounds in the Old North State are no stranger to craft beer, as North Carolina-based breweries added about $1 billion to the national economy, based on information provided by the association. The economic impact is calculated by the total impact of beer brewed by the craft brewers as it moves through the marketplace, from the breweries to the wholesalers to the retailers. It also includes all non-beer items sold by breweries and brewpubs.

California was the state with breweries that added the most to the economy, at $4.7 billion, followed by Texas, $2.3 billion, New York, $2.2 billion, Pennsylvania, $2 billion, and Colorado, $1.6 billion, based on Brewer Association facts.

“With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level,” Bart Watson, staff economist with the Brewers Association, said in an association news release. “As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high-quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process.”beer mapWEB

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