The University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research (there's a mouthful) issued a press release yesterday about it's study of the the impact craft brewing has on Montana's economy. The independent study, initially released at the Montana Brewers Association fall conference in Missoula, shows some impressive results.
As a whole, "the impact of the industry represents more than 430 jobs, nearly $50
million in private-sector sales, $9.8 million in private nonfarm
compensation, $1.8 million in government compensation and $1.5 million
in state government revenues."
The study also found that from 2010 to 2011: production increased 18%:
87,000 bbls to 103,000 bbls; sales increased 20%: $21.8 to 26.1 million;
and employment increased 39%: 231 to 320 jobs.
The entire report can be found at the Bureau's website here.