Whether it's Prison City Pub and Brewery in Auburn or Brooklyn Brewery in downstate New York, the growth of the craft beer industry has provided a boost to the state's economy.
According to a report conducted by Stonebridge Research Group for the New York Wine and Grape Foundation and New York State Brewers Association, the craft beer industry had a total economic impact of nearly $3.5 billion and supported more than 11,000 jobs in 2013.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the report shows why the state has supported initiatives, including Taste NY, to help craft beer producers.
"By cutting the costs of doing business, rolling back red tape and promoting products through Taste NY, we are seeing monumental success across the state," Cuomo said in a statement. "When these craft beverage producers do well, it creates jobs, puts more money in local economies and sets the stage for future growth."
Here is the state's craft beer industry, by the numbers:
- 207. The number of breweries operating in New York as of January 2015. This is an increase from 95 breweries in 2012.
- 859,535. The number of barrels of beer craft brewers produced in 2013, up from 557,436 in 2011 — an increase of 54 percent.
- 11,366. The number of full-time equivalent jobs supported by the craft beer industry. This figure includes 3,011 tourism jobs and 1,031 brewery employees.
- $554 million. The total wages paid to employees supported by the craft beer industry.
- $748,073,208. The estimated amount of local and state taxes generated by New York's craft brewers and related activities.
- $210,050,282. Estimated total of federal taxes paid by craft brewers and related activities.
- 3.66 million. The number of visits to craft breweries in 2013.
- $450 million. The estimated amount visitors spent at craft breweries in 2013.
- 54 percent. The percentage of New York-made craft beer sold in the state.
- 49. The number of counties with at least one brewery. There are 62 counties in New York state.