The 10 States Making the Most on Beer

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5. Ohio
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 2.39%
> Beer economic output: $10.0 billion (8th highest)
> GDP: $418.9 billion (8th highest)
> Jobs: 82,730 (6th highest)

Ohio is one of just eight states where the total economic output for the beer industry was at least $10 billion. In addition, the industry provided jobs to nearly 83,000 people, more than in all but five states. Perhaps the most prominent microbrewery in the state is Great Lakes Brewing Company, which produces more than 125,000 barrels annually. Moreover, Columbus is home to an Anheuser-Busch InBev facility, while MillerCoors has a brewery in Trenton.

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4. Vermont
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 2.40%
> Beer economic output: $552 million (7th lowest)
> GDP: $23.0 billion (the lowest)
> Jobs: 6,130 (6th lowest)

Compared to many states, Vermont’s beer industry is actually quite small, with a total economic output of just over $552 million, the seventh-smallest amount in the country. But it is a different story when comparing the industry to the state’s population as a whole. According to the most recent figures from the Brewers Association, a trade group representing manufacturers, Vermont has more craft breweries per capita than any other state. One of the largest microbreweries in the country, Magic Hat Brewing Company, is located in Burlington.

3. Wisconsin
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 3.90%
> Beer economic output: $8.7 billion (11th highest)
> GDP: $221.8 billion (21st highest)
> Jobs: 60,630 (12th highest)

Wisconsin’s beer industry generated more than $1,500 in economic activity per capita, more than in all but two other states. Wisconsin is also one of just three states that has more than one job in the beer industry for every 100 people. Milwaukee is home to the North American headquarters of SABMiller, which produces beers such as Miller Lite, Coors Lite and Blue Moon through its joint venture with The Molson Coors Brewing Company. The joint venture, called MillerCoors, has roughly 30% market share of all beer in the United States. The brewery in Milwaukee produces 10 million barrels of beer per year and employs 720 people.

2. Missouri
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 6.10%
> Beer economic output: $13.2 billion (6th highest)
> GDP: $216.1 billion (22nd highest)
> Jobs: 64,320 (11th highest)

More than 6% of Missouri’s GDP came from the beer industry, higher than in all states except for Colorado. The beer industry was responsible for generating about $441.65 in taxes per capita. St. Louis is home to the North American headquarters of Anheuser-Busch, which controls 47% of the U.S. market share for beer. The company announced plans in late 2012 to purchase Groupo Modelo for $20.1 billion, which would give Anheuser-Busch an additional 6% market share in the country. However, antitrust concerns from both consumers and the U.S. Department of Justice have stalled the bid.

1. Colorado
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 6.31%
> Beer economic output: $14.8 billion (3rd highest)
> GDP: $234.3 billion (18th highest)
> Jobs: 58,360 (13th highest)

No other state’s economy is directly affected by the beer industry more than Colorado. The beer industry produced $2,850 per resident in the state, more than in any other state by about $660. Moreover, approximately one in every 89 jobs in the state is tied to the beer industry, the highest concentration in the country. Colorado is home to the Molson Coors Brewing Company. The brewery in Golden is the largest brewer by volume in the company, producing more than 11 million barrels of beer each year. Colorado’s alcohol sales laws are fitting for the state with the largest brewing economy. Colorado doesn’t have any restrictions on beer sales in grocery stores, convenience stores, or gas stations, but it does prohibit wine and spirit sales in those places.

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