The beer industry directly and indirectly supports nearly 2,500 jobs in the Sixth Congressional District, which includes all of Chester County, according to a report from the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Chester County’s many breweries, including both larger operations such as the nationally renowned Victory Brewing in Downingtown and smaller setups such as Braeloch Brewing in Kennett Square, directly employ 241 people in brewing and distribution.
This translates into a direct economic impact of $16,075,100 in wages and economic output of $79,175,800.
Supplier economic impact in the district affects 858 jobs across several industries, including agriculture, retail, and travel and entertainment. This translates into $53,643,100 in wages and $169,207,200 in economic output.
Induced economic impact from the beer industry also accounts for 1,380 jobs, $70,119,800 in wages, and $237,381,300 in economic output.
Nationwide, the beer industry contributes more than $328 billion in economic output, or 1.6 percent of the national GDP. Brewers and beer importers employ close to 70,000 Americans directly. Meanwhile, suppliers to the brewing industry, including manufacturers of bottles and cans and brewing equipment, are responsible for nearly 437,000 jobs and generate around $102 billion in economic activity.
The industry also generates close to $59 billion in tax revenue.