GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A recent study by the Beer Institute revealed some staggering statistics about the Michigan Craft Beer industry, as well as the industry overall.
According to local writer and beer enthusiast Pat Evans, the beer industry has a $6.6 billion economic impact on Michigan.
In Grand Rapids, the impact is $510 million, and within that number, the impact from the brewing process itself is $54 million, he said.
He tweeted: “Brewing provided 183 jobs with $8M in wages in the W. Michigan district. 4,366 jobs and $162M in wages overall.”
He also said: “The report shows $2.6 billion direct economic impact from beer in Michigan, $6.6 billion overall in the state.”
Evans made a special appearance on WZZM-TV (Channel 13) to explain the results. He was featured on a report from Rockford Brewing Company with WZZM reporter Jennifer Pascua.
(See the TV news report below.)
According to the Direct Economic Impact report, the beer industry generates nearly $253 billion in economic activity, produces $48.5 billion in tax revenue and supports 1.75 million jobs.
Economic impact figures, tax contributions and job data for each state can be found at www.BeerServesAmerica.org.