Beer: Michigan’s $9.9 billion business

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — That’s a lot of beer: A recent study found that the beer industry had an overall economic impact of $9.9 billion in Michigan in 2020.

The beer industry supported more than 66,000 jobs at breweries, distributors, retailers and more, the study from Beer Saves America found.

“Michigan’s independent, locally owned beer distributors are proud to work hand-in-glove with brewers big and small right here in Michigan, across the country and around the world to help them grow and thrive on a level playing field,” Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers association, said in a statement. “This new data makes clear that Michigan is not just the Great Lakes State but also the Great Beer State, and Michigan’s beer distributors are proud to play a role in the beer industry’s continued success.”

A report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute showed that Michigan beer distributors employ 4,866 people in well-paying jobs with good benefits.

“Michigan’s beer distributors have deep roots in the communities they serve,” Nevins said. “That was on display throughout 2020 as our members partnered with local distilleries to produce and deliver hand sanitizer to frontline medical workers and nursing homes when there was a worldwide shortage because of the COVID-19 pandemic and supported local restaurants and their employees.”

The beer industry also supports other industries, like agriculture, transportation and manufacturing.

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