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Craft Beer Contributes $6.5B to Calif. Economy: Report

The California Craft Brewer's Association finds that the craft beer industry contributes more to California's economy than in any other state in the U.S.

Monica Garske, NBC7 SAN DIEGO

Saturday, May 9, 2015

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According to research from the National University System Institute for Policy Research (NUSIPR), a non-partisan, non-profit organization that conducts research in San Diego County, the craft brewing industry’s contribution to the San Diego region has doubled in the past three years to $600 million in 2014.
With this economic growth, job growth has followed. The NUSIPR said San Diego breweries and brewpubs created 3,752 jobs in 2014 and overall sustained 6,203 jobs – an overall 122 percent increase in those areas since 2011.
“Year-to-year growth has mostly been driven by the expansion efforts of larger breweries,” the research stated.
The NUSIPR said the number of breweries and brewpubs in San Diego more than doubled in 2014. At the end of the year, there were 97 breweries and brewpubs in the county, a 165 percent increase from 37 in 2011.
The craft beer industry’s sales in 2011 reached $847 million – up from $752 million in 2013.