Thursday, March 14, 2013

Beer in Montana, By the Numbers

Last October, a study by the University of Montana – Missoula* (commissioned by the Montana Brewers Association) was released that highlighted the economic impact of craft brewing in the state. Yesterday, a report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) was released that highlighted its impact across the U.S., including Montana. It’s interesting to compare and contrast these numbers from both the brewers who brew beer to the wholesalers who distribute it. Here are a couple noteworthy comparisons:

Jobs – The brewing industry in Montana represents more than 430 jobs. Montana beer distributors directly employ 986 people.

Taxes – Montana beer distributor activities contributes $54 million to the federal, state, and local tax base, which does not include an additional $21 million in federal, state, and local alcohol excise and consumption taxes on beer sold in Montana. Montana brewers contribute $1.5 million in state government revenues and an additional $1.8 million in government compensation.

While it might be easy to compare A to B, if we look at the overall impact of beer and beer brewing in the state, this industry creates jobs and revenue in our state. Let’s drink to that!

*data from this study includes 30 of Montana’s breweries. Today, there are 38 breweries operating in the state of Montana. 

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