The American beer industry’s economic impact today is $253 billion.
That's roughly 1.5 percent in U.S. Gross Domestic Product, creating 1.75 million direct and indirect jobs.
That’s a far cry from nearly four decades ago.
“In 1976 there were 50 breweries left in the United States. Today there are somewhere north of 3,000 and growing.”
That's Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of The Beer Institute. The agency just released its 2014 Beer Serves America report, revealing Michigan’s beer production as a revenue generator.