When it comes to establishments such as bars, breweries, and taprooms, these places have always been about much more than just serving beer. They serve as general hubs of the community, as well as sources of local identity. However, these types of establishments are also emerging as real engines of economic development for various towns and cities.
The craft beer industry itself is continuing to expand, and it contributed a total of $55.7 billion to the United States economy. Because of this, even more local neighborhoods and states are attempting to take advantage of this as a way to help spur growth, as approximately 80% of Americans currently live within ten miles of a brewery.
Taprooms typically make approximately 300-gallon batches of alcohol multiple times each day. Because of this, both men and women have a chance to be employed to carry the kegs across a factory floor and load them. This means that the craft beer industry has a rather impressive industrial scale of brewing operations, as well as all of the many different jobs that can be provided as a result.
On top of various economic benefits, breweries are also a successful draw when it comes to craft beer tourism. Recent data shows that approximately 1.6% of those who drink craft beer annually take a total of ten trips to breweries that are located more than two hours from their area of residence. Additionally, businesses such as breweries generated a total of $7.05 million in direct spending money from a total of 42,426 visitors, all of whom stayed more than 14,000 nights in hotels.
Local governments all across the country are also hard at work attempting to attract breweries, as well as the craft beer industry itself, in terms of both economic growth and development, as well as bringing more beer into city limits.
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