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California heads above the rest in national beer industry study

Berryessa Brewing Co. brewmaster and co-owner Chris Miller pulls spent grain from the mash tun at the brewery in Winters, Calif., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Miller says he gives the spent grain – a byproduct of brewing beer – to nearby farms as feed.
Berryessa Brewing Co. brewmaster and co-owner Chris Miller pulls spent grain from the mash tun at the brewery in Winters, Calif., on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Miller says he gives the spent grain – a byproduct of brewing beer – to nearby farms as feed. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

When it comes to beer, California is heads above the rest.

California’s beer industry topped three key economic sectors in a nationwide study released Tuesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association in Alexandria, Va.

The economic impact study is based on government and industry data and includes beer industry brewers, importers, distributors and retailers throughout the United States.

The report said the California beer industry’s overall economic activity of more than $32.8 billion in 2014 represented about 13 percent of the national total of nearly $253 billion.

California’s industrywide tax revenue of about $6.2 billion last year represented about 12.8 percent of the U.S. total of $48.5 billion, and the state’s 201,567 beer industry jobs accounted for 11.5 percent of about 1.75 million jobs nationally.

California has about 12 percent of the overall U.S. population, according to census data.

More information on the study can be seen at beerservesamerica.org.

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