Despite Positive Economic Effects, Utah Last In Beer Consumption
A new report released by the Beer Institute, the national beer industry representative, shows the growing economic impact beer brewing has on the state’s economy. According to the report, beer brings in a total of $179 million in local, state and federal taxes, with a total economic impact of over $1 billion.
The report shows over 10,000 jobs and $333 million in wages are supported by beer each year in the state. Jobs include those directly involved in the industry, such as brewers, along with jobs on the supply side of beer, such as those involved in agriculture and government.
Utah’s first brewery since prohibition, Wasatch Brew Pub, opened in 1986. Since then, nearly 20 breweries have opened across the state.
Despite the industry growth, Utah still ranks last in the nation for per capita consumption of beer.