Colorado Becomes Largest Beer Producing State in the Nation

Beer Industry Contributes $12.4 Billion Annually to State's Economy

Sep 27, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Beer Institute

    DENVER, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In 2006, the state of Colorado
 officially became the largest beer producing state in the country,
 according to newly released data from the Beer Institute. The Colorado
 brewing industry produced over 23.3 million barrels or 724.5 million
 gallons of beer. This makes the state tops in production, edging out second
 place California and other large states such as Texas and New York.
     A recent study commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer
 Wholesalers Association (NBWA) also found that the beer industry, made up
 of brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers, and
 retailers, directly and indirectly contributes $12.4 billion annually to
 Colorado's economy. The industry's economic impact includes 67,918 jobs -
 paying $3 billion in wages - as well as $1.6 billion in federal, state, and
 local taxes.
     "Colorado is tremendously important to the beer industry and produces a
 number of high quality brews enjoyed by adults around the country," said
 Jeff Becker, president of the Beer Institute. "With a strong beer culture
 and a rich brewing history, it's no surprise the state has become number
     "The beer industry has been a positive force in our state for many
 years, providing a number of important economic benefits including good
 jobs and a steady source of revenue for our local communities," said United
 States Senator Ken Salazar. "We're extremely proud to be the nation's
 leader in beer production and share this great product with the rest of the
     "As a state widely recognized around the country for our natural
 beauty, rich history, and extensive cultural attractions, we're pleased to
 now also be known as the beer brewing capitol of the United States," added
 Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. "Colorado breweries are also increasingly
 using and producing renewable energy, which is good for the industry, good
 for the environment, and good for developing more home-grown sources of
     Colorado is also home to other major industry trade groups such as the
 Brewers Association, based in Boulder, representing America's small brewers
 since 1942. The state also plays host to the annual "Great American Beer
 Festival" in Denver.
     "In addition to housing many long established large brewers, Colorado
 is also leading the way among small, independent craft brewers," said
 Charlie Papazian, founder and president of the Brewers Association. "We
 invite beer lovers from every state to visit us and sample firsthand some
 of the many fine varieties of craft beer produced here."
     The state's wholesalers also serve an important role delivering product
 to communities far and wide. "Colorado's beer distributors are local,
 independent family businesses that help provide a wide selection of fresh,
 quality beer to retailers ensuring consumers enjoy a great beer
 experience," added Steve Findley, president of the Colorado Beer
 Distributors Association.
     The brewing industry also takes its role as good neighbor seriously in
 the towns and communities across the Rocky Mountain state, playing a
 significant role in promoting responsible consumption of its products and
 protecting and improving our natural environment. Brewers, importers, and
 independent beer distributors have invested hundreds of millions of dollars
 in communities across the country to develop and implement numerous
 programs to promote responsibility and help fight alcohol abuse. These
 efforts, along with those of parents, law enforcement, federal and state
 alcohol beverage regulators, educators, and other community groups, have
 all contributed to declines in illegal underage drinking and drunk driving
 over the past two decades, according to a variety of independent and
 government data.
     Brewers and beer importers have also devoted great resources towards
 the development of energy and water conservation techniques, reusing
 byproducts and waste, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, establishing
 comprehensive recycling programs, and supporting environmental
 organizations around the country.
     For more information about beer's economic impact in Colorado, please
 visit or for a complete
 list of state production rankings.
     The Beer Institute, established in 1986, is the national trade
 association for the brewing industry, representing both large and small
 brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. The Institute is
 committed to the development of sound public policy and to the values of
 civic duty and personal responsibility:

SOURCE The Beer Institute