While national headlines continue to tell the story of the United States’ slow-moving economic recovery, the craft beer industry continues to grow, logging double-digit increases year after year, including a 25% increase in 2013 and 17.6% increase in 2014, according to the Brewers Association.
Iowa’s beer trends are no exception. Iowa currently boasts nearly 60 breweries with another two dozen in the planning stages. A recent Iowa Craft Beer Economic Impact Study, funded by the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board, revealed that the Iowa craft brewing industry supports 1,500 jobs, has a $100 million impact on the economy, and produced nearly 41,000 barrels of beer in 2014. The industry is projected to triple in five years, producing more than 146,000 barrels annually by 2019.
Brewing award-winning beers, creating Internet buzz and having fun are just a part of what Iowa’s craft beer industry does. We also contribute to historic preservation, spur the Iowa travel industry, and create jobs. We work hard to give our friends, family and fans a full-flavored impact. Join us as we work to promote and protect the Iowa craft beer industry.