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WASHINGTON - Beer has given the U.S. economy quite a buzz in the past year, according to a study released by The Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. The industry contributed more than $162 billion to the economy, and provided nearly 1.8 million jobs directly or indirectly, according to the research.
"Numerous businesses depend on the beer industry for their livelihood," said Beer Institute president Jeff Becker in a statement. "Whether it's farmers, packaging manufacturers, or truck drivers, the economic impact of the beer industry grows exponentially when you factor in products and services needed for the production, distribution, and sale of malt beverages."
The complete 2006 Beer Industry Economic Impact study, including a state-by-state and congressional district breakdown of the industry's economic contributions, is available at the Beer Serves America Web site, www.beerservesamerica.org.
The Beer Institute, established in 1986, is the national trade association for the brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association, founded in 1938, advocates before government and the public on behalf of nearly 2,000 licensed independent beer wholesalers with operations across the country.