States That Profit the Most From Beer
                           by Susan Allen Smith


Beer is an integral part of the economy throughout the United Sates.  It's an industry
that fills the tax coffers, provides jobs, and stimulates growth in the business
community.  In short, beer is essential to a healthy economy which should give pause
to those who seek to further tighten laws governing breweries and distribution.  That
is especially true in some states.  Here are the eight states most impacted by beer:

8. Florida
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 2.14%
> Beer economic output: $14.2 billion (4th highest)
> GDP: $661.1 billion (4th highest)
> Jobs: 139,190 (3rd highest)
The beer industry in Florida contributed more than $14 billion in economic activity,
more than in all but three other states. Florida had 228 brewers and beer
distributors, the 10th most of all states. More than 139,000 people worked in the beer
industry, more than in any other state except for California and Texas. The

7. Georgia
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 2.37%
> Beer economic output: $8.7 billion (10th highest)
> GDP: $365.8 billion (11th highest)
> Jobs: 64,610 (9th highest)
More than $186 per person in taxes on beer sales were collected in Georgia, the
seventh-most in the country. A 32 cent per gallon state excise tax is levied on beer
purchased in Georgia, while an additional 53 cents per gallon is levied by local
governments. These are among the highest beer taxes of all states.

6. New Hampshire
> Beer as a pct. of GDP: 2.39%
> Beer economic output: $1.4 billion (18th lowest)
> GDP: $56.6 billion (11th lowest)
> Jobs: 10,320 (11th lowest)
Despite New Hampshire’s small size, the beer industry managed to produce about
$1.4 billion in economic activity and employ more than 10,000 people, significantly
more than in states of similar size. The state is one of just four where the economic
output of beer sales per capita topped $1,000.

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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