If you are familiar with the Denver area, then you know that craft beer is no stranger to Colorado drinkers. According to a new study, they have found that this state does, in fact, make a huge impact when it comes to producing locally, brewed beers. The Brewers Association found that craft breweries contribute $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy, ranked number 5 out of other economic stimulants.
No other state really compares to Colorado when it comes to the impact of beer. In addition, the food sales along with the drinks are way above other competing states. In the Denver area alone, there are at least a dozen micro-breweries spread out around the city. Locals flock downtown and south Denver to new bars opening, with over a 100 taps!
According to the Denver Post’s “First Drafts” article, there are substantial reasoning behind the growing numbers. Bart Watson, the staff economist for the Brewers Association, cited a couple of reasons for the strong showing beyond Colorado’s large number of breweries per capita. For one, the state’s brewing culture is well established going back more than two decades, giving it a leg up. Second, Colorado exports a lot of craft beer, fueled by the presence of national brands like New Belgium Brewing and Oskar Blues”.
Don’t make craft brewing your next venture unless you have a dynamic passion for it. The annual salary for these types of jobs are below the national average. But if you love your beer and you have a dream, go for it – you never know what other flavors are not out there yet!