Brewers, Beer Importers Create Jobs Across Sectors 

Beer Institute: More than Two Million Americans at Work Because of Beer

WASHINGTON, DC  Through the sheer economic output of brewing and beer importing, more than two million Americans are at work in jobs linked to the beer industry, the Beer Institute announced ahead of this year’s Labor Day holiday. This workforce generated $246.5 billion in economic activity last year, according to a recent study jointly commissioned by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.

“Labor Day is the perfect time to recognize the men and women who work in brewing and beer importing, or any one of the dozens of industries associated with beer,” said Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute. “Creating jobs on farms and in factories, in breweries of all sizes and in local bars and taverns, the beer industry is a powerhouse in the American economy.”

There are more brewing establishments today than at any other time in U.S. history; these brewers and importers maintain high quality jobs, paying out $3.6 billion in wages and benefits in 2012. Additionally, beer distributors, retailers and other valuable supply chain industries, like barley growers, hops farmers, can makers and bottle manufacturers all depend on the brewers and importers to maintain their businesses and workforce.

“As Americans relax with a beer this holiday weekend, we hope they will toast the two million men and women who played a role in bringing that cold beer to their table,” added McClain.

The American beer industry includes:

·         2,851 brewing establishments

·         3,728 distributors

·         576,353 retailers

The men and women at work in the beer industry are active and responsible members of the communities in which they live and work. In the past three decades, brewers and beer importers have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in alcohol awareness and education programs designed to promote responsibility and help prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Furthermore, brewers and beer importers share a long commitment of support for education, health initiatives, environmental stewardship and our nation’s armed forces.

For more information about the economic impact of beer in the United States, including state and Congressional district data, please visit



Oskar Blues and Auburn Create Brewing Science Program

Head brewer Noah Tuttle teaches a brewing class at Oskar Blues Brewery in North Carolina

Longmont, CO/Brevard, NC/Auburn, AL – Oskar Blues Brewery and Auburn University have forged a historic partnership to create a new graduate-level certificate in Brewing Science and Operations. Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues, is a legacy alumnus of Auburn. Dale, his dad, and his older brother all matriculated at the Alabama university.

Martin O’Neill, head of the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Management in the College of Human Sciences, expects the university and state to benefit greatly from addressing the popularity of craft brewing across the Southeast and the country.

“Our program is designed to provide people, who already have a bachelor’s degree and an interest in brewing, with the necessary educational background to develop their skill base and upon graduation, to sit for the professional certification exams with the industry’s lead certification agency, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling,” Martin said.

The idea behind the brewing certificate at Auburn isn’t to promote craft brewing among undergraduates – in fact they can’t even enroll in the courses – but Martin said it’s rather to teach commercial beer brewers and others interested in joining the growing business sector how to develop higher quality products and how to market and distribute them successfully.




Jubelale Returns Featuring Artwork by Bend, Oregon’s Avlis Leumas

Bend, Oregon – 29 August 2013 – When the crispness of fall starts to fill the air, Jubelale starts to show up on shelves and tap handles. Dark and malty, layered flavors unwrap to reveal chicory and earth notes and a hoppy kick to finish. Each year, a different local artist creates an original piece of work to grace the label and packaging of Jubelale. For 2013, Bend, Oregon artist Avlis Leumas created a mysterious owl perched along a wintery Deschutes River.

This year marks the 26th bottling of Jubelale, the first brew that Deschutes Brewery ever bottled. For 19 of those years, a different local or regional artist has been chosen to create original artwork for the label. This “winter warmer” is a well-balanced favorite for the holiday season. Jubelale will be available in all 21 states where Deschutes Brewery beer is sold, starting in September. 6.7% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 60 IBUs; 12-ounce bottles and draft. To find out more, visit



VooDoo Brewery Trucks into Manhattan and Brooklyn

The Voodoo Brewery of Meadville, PA recently announced they will be rolling out products in the “NYC and Brooklyn” market.  They recently shipped out eight pallets packed full of beer to the Dora’s Naturals warehouse. The shipment included 22oz bottles of Gran Met Belgian Triple, Big Brown Ale and Pilzilla, also sent was draft of these three beers and an entire pallet of White Magick 12oz bottles.



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