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The tasting room at the Aurora Ale & Lager Co. in Ledyard.

The New York State Brewers Association released the results of a 2018 economic impact study Wednesday.

The state's 434 craft breweries generated $5.4 billion in economic contribution that year, the association reported. The figure is up from $4.1 in 2017, when the state had 329 breweries.

The $5.4 billion breaks down to $3.5 billion in direct economic impact (brewing, wholesaling, retailing and tourism impact), $1.1 billion in supplier impact (production and sale of goods and services, such as equipment, bottles and banking and marketing services), and induced economic impact (wages spent by employees). 

According to the association's website, Cayuga County's five breweriesGood Shepherds Brewing Co. and Prison City Pub & Brewery in Auburn, Lunkenheimer Craft Brewing Co. in Weedsport, Aurora Ale & Lager in Ledyard and Summerhill Brewing in Summerhill — generated $61,607,470 in output that year. (The study does not include the county's sixth brewery, Next Chapter Brewpub, which opened in August.) The association also reported that the area's breweries comprised 74 brewery jobs and 206 total jobs, generating $13,669,624 in wages.

"With a record number of breweries in our state, our economic impact now rivals the wine industry," said the association's executive director, Paul Leone. "Thanks to great beer, craft-friendly legislation, and continued support from government leaders on both sides of the aisle, we can say that New York craft beer is a true manufacturing success story throughout the entire state."

Additional statewide figures from the association's study include:

• 19,918 jobs supported by the industry's impact 

• 10,627 jobs directly created by the state craft beer industry, generating $722 million in wages

• $545 million in state and federal taxes paid by the businesses and their employees, as well as excise and sales tax revenue from in-state consumption

• 2 million barrels of beer produced

• 48.6 million customers served at state craft breweries, of which 8.9 million were tourists

"I was really blown away by the results of this study," said Chris Ericson, president of the state Brewers Association and owner of Lake Placid Pub & Brewery and Big Slide Brewery & Public House. "These numbers validate that New York state brewers have a substantial impact on the lives of residents. We are providing excellent careers for thousands of New Yorkers in every corner of the state."

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