GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — July is a time for beer lovers to celebrate: It’s Craft Beer Month here in Michigan.
The state’s craft breweries bring in plenty of tourism, and it’s not just about the taste — it’s about the people.
“I think it’s the great beer and the culture around beer. Not only is beer a fun, social beverage, but the places that you go to drink it, the brewers are so unique and there’s a lot of creativity and passion put into them,” Scott Graham, the executive director of the Michigan Brewers Guild, told News 8 in a Zoom call. “I think you just run into a great culture when you get around it and it makes people enjoy and appreciate that and want to contribute to it.”
He said that though the pandemic put a stumbling block in front of breweries, there is still growth in the industry and room for more.
“I think it’s worth noting that while local breweries have gained a lot of attention, the share of market that we have is still under 15% of all the beer sold in Michigan and is brewed here in Michigan,” Graham said. “…Most of the breweries in the state are very small, local breweries serving a local clientele right out of their tasting room and there’s certainly more room for that.”