Fantastic news for the Texas craft breweries! According to an analysis released today by the Brewers Association, small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012, with California, Texas and New York among the top-grossing states.  

According to a new analysis by the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association that represents the majority of U.S. breweries—small and independent American craft brewers contributed $33.9 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.

The figure is derived from the total impact of beer brewed by craft brewers as it moves through the three-tier system (breweries, wholesalers and retailers), as well as all non-beer products that brewpub restaurants sell.

In addition to the national impact, the BA examined output of the craft brewing industry by state, as well as the state economic contribution per capita for adults over 21.

Top Five States (2012)

State                  2012 Output

1. California        $4.7 billion

2. Texas              $2.3 billion

3. New York         $2.2 billion

4. Pennsylvania    $2.0 billion

5. Colorado           $1.6 billion