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Study says beer industry supports nearly 44,000 jobs in Arizona

(KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino)

PHOENIX — A new study says the beer industry is responsible for supporting nearly 44,000 jobs in Arizona.

The Beer Serves America study commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute looked at 2018 data to determine how brewing and wholesaling impacts the country’s economy.

They found that the beer industry generated about $5.4 billion in economic impact in Arizona and totaled more than $1.7 billion in wages paid.

“We’re very excited that these numbers are out, and they’re only going to improve,” Rob Fullmer, executive director for Arizona Craft Brewing Guild, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Wednesday.

Beer businesses generated a total of $723 million in taxes in the state and paid a total of $234 million in taxes.

According to the study, each job in the brewing industry generates 31 additional full-time jobs in farming, manufacturing, beer wholesaling and retail.

“At the heart of our beverage, beer, is hospitality, so you have to consider transportation, sales, people in the hospitality industry, things like that,” Fullmer said.

“Those contribute to jobs and the overall aggregate economic impact.”

Fullmer said there has been a lot of growth over the last few years and local breweries, like SanTan Brewing Company, are helping drive that.

Launched in 2007 in Chandler, SanTan Brewing Company is known for its Devil’s Ale.

“It’s what put us on the map,” said Alejandro Fontes, SanTan’s sales analyst and brewery event supervisor. He added MoonJuice is now their best-selling beer.

Fontes said he’s also not surprised by the study’s findings.

“I study beer numbers and beer trends, and it’s not surprising for me at all,” he said.

Nationally, the beer industry generated more than 2 million jobs and contributed $328 billion to the economy, Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy said in a press release.

“Beer Serves America demonstrates how brewers, beer importers and beer industry suppliers are creating jobs, providing wages and benefits to working Americans and supporting the economy in every state and every congressional district,” he said.

KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Griselda Zetino contributed to this report.

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