Key bit:   The number of operating breweries increased dramatically in the U.S. in recent years. According to the Brewer’s Association, the country had 1,460 of them in 2006 and by 2016, that had grown sharply to 5,301. At the same time, the number of brewery workers went up dramatically, increasing 120 percent between 2008 and 2016 alone. The following infographic was created with Bureau of Labor Statistics data and it shows that 26,274 workers were employed at U.S. breweries in 2007. A decade later, employment levels in the beer industry increased sharply, reaching 69,359. Even though sales have started to slow down, small and independent breweries still contributed an impressive $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016.

I think I’ll have a Lagunitas IPA to celebrate.

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