A new report released shows how big of a beer business is in Michigan. The Beer Serves America data, released by the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, finds that Michigan’s beer industry had an overall economic impact of more than $10.5 billion in 2016. “Michigan’s independent, locally owned beer distributors strive to support small businesses, like craft brewers and local retailers, and help them grow and thrive on a level playing field,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association.
According to the report, Michigan beer distributors employ 4,752 people and have a direct economic impact of more than $860 million. Ludington has recently welcomed the opening of a new brewery in downtown and is home to multiple breweries and craft brewers.