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Beer Contributes $1.9 Billion to NH Economy

Published Friday Jun 7, 2019

Beer Contributes $1.9 Billion to NH Economy

A new economic impact study shows America's beer industry contributes $1.9 billion annually to New Hampshire's economy and supports 12,946 jobs in the state.

Jointly commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute, the study shows that the 12,946 jobs in the state's account for $603 million each year in wages and benefits. The industry also generates $314 million annually in business, personal and consumption taxes.

The beer industry consists of three distinct partners: brewers and importers, independent beer distributors and licensed retailers.

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser says, America's 3,000 independent beer distribution companies employ 141,600 hardworking Americans with jobs that pay $9.5 billion in wages and benefits collectively.

Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy says, "Beer is more than America's most popular alcohol beverage. The beer industry is vital to the United States, generating more than 2 million jobs and contributing $328 billion to the American economy. Beer Serves America demonstrates how brewers, beer importers and beer industry suppliers are creating jobs, providing wages and benefits to working Americans and supporting the economy in every state and every congressional district."

According to the study, the beer industry generates more than $328 billion in economic activity, produces more than $58.6 billion in tax revenue and supports more than 2 million jobs. Independent beer distributors directly employ 141,600 Americans, an increase of more than 19 percent in the last decade. Brewers and beer importers directly employ 69,928 Americans, and about 58 percent of brewing jobs are linked to large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers.

The Beer Serves America study was compiled by the independent economics firm John Dunham & Associates. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the industry available, using data collected directly from private companies, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America's nearly 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributor operations, online at The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, online at

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