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Economic Impact

Small and independent American craft brewers contributed $82.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2019.

The figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as non-beer products like food and merchandise that brewpub restaurants and brewery taprooms sell.

The industry also provided more than 580,000 total jobs, with more than 160,000 jobs directly at breweries, brewpubs, including serving staff at brewpubs. Learn more about how these figures were calculated in the study methodology

In addition to the national impact, the Brewers Association examines output of the craft beer industry by state, as well as the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21.

New Hampshire’s 2019 Economic Impact

91

Craft Breweries

8.7

breweries per capita*

*per 100,000 21+ Adults

Total Jobs Created

(Full Time Employees)

4,516

$41,801

Average wage

Nationally, the industry provided more than 580,000 jobs

Economic Impact

506

Million Economic Impact

485.63

Impact Per Capita

Production

117,314

Barrels of Craft beer
produced per year

Breweries Per Year

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
91
81
58
54
44

For more insights one the growth of the NH craft beer industry over the last three years, click here.

Craft beer sales and production by state, breweries per capita, economic impact of craft breweries and other statistics as gathered and maintained by the Brewers Association.

Craft Beer Facts

Did you know...?

There are over

8,300

craft breweries in the US.
New Hampshire is home to over

90

licensed breweries.
In 2019 the equivalent of approximately

4,516

full time jobs were created by the NH craft beer industry.
NH ranks

8th

for the number of breweries per capita in the US — 2019.
The NH Brewers Association, formerly Granite State Brewers Association, was founded in

2013.

NH was home to 

19

breweries in 2012, my how we’ve grown!
There are three main license types in NH: 

Nano, Beverage Manufacturer and Brewpub.

In 2011 NH became the first state to distinguish the 

Nano Brewery license.

The association’s original logo was inspired by 

Portsmouth, NH’s historical Frank Jones Brewing Co.

In 1882, Frank Jones Brewing Co was the country’s largest ale producer at 150,000 barrels and soon reached 250,000 barrels in 1896. After 90 years, the brewery closed in 1950.

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