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beer business is good

03-25-2013

(beer) business is good

 

It is an established fact that the beer business is good in Michigan. With more research confirming this fact, it is also obvious that the state of the growing and vibrant craft beer segment in Michigan is not just a positive note for beer lovers but for the state, in general, craft beer is a positive economical force.

 

This shows that Michigan is proving itself worthy of its Great Beer State title (Michigan is 5th in the state in terms of breweries), with Grand Rapids or Beer City USA the epicenter of the craft beer business boom. According to the article, Michigan beat the national craft beer industry growth rate by 8 percent, growing 20 percent for the year 2012 while the average national growth clocked in at 12 percent for 2012. That double digit growth resulted in more than 100 breweries within the state, packing a $133 million positive economic impact in Michigan.

 

The positive force that the craft beer business exudes in Michigan goes beyond just economic profit, however. It is a force within the local movement, as well. I remember hearing that no matter where you are in Michigan, you are within 20 minutes of a fresh water source and I bet pretty soon the same can be said for how close you are to a craft brewery. Already, living in Grand Rapids, I’m within walking distance of seven craft breweries.

 

Although promoting local craft breweries is a great boon to our economy, out of state craft breweries and their own positive impact in Michigan and in their local territories should not be undermined. Out of state breweries also employ local residents to help represent their breweries within the state, often support the same ideals as local breweries in terms of environmental and social awareness, provide support for local causes in their distribution footprint and are a driving source of local economic growth in their own hometowns.

 

At the end of the day, with the beer business succeeding so phenomenally and with the positive impact craft breweries wield in their local and distribution areas, drinking a craft beer in Michigan is not only an enjoyable but a socially responsible act (in moderation), right?

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