Beer is big in Texas!
According to an economic study commissioned by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild (TCBG), an “explosive growth” for independent Texas craft brewers will create state economic contributions exceeding $608 million.
The study projects the industry’s economic impact could reach $5.6 billion annually in less than a decade should its growth follow that of the Texas wine industry.
In 2011 Texas had 78 actively licensed small manufactures of craft beer compared to 52 at year-end 2010.
States craft brewers produced approximately 133,000 barrels of beer in 2011, a 46% increase versus 2010. Annual brewery sales reached $75.9 million with volume nearly doubling.
Active job creation through direct and ancillary industries, with brewer payrolls contributing $24.5 million directly represents 51.2 percent of the state’s brewery jobs.
Almost $16 million was contributed to local and state tax revenue.
“No doubt about it, Texas independent craft brewers are local small businesses that are making a significant contribution to Texas’ bottom line,” says Tim Schwartz, TCBG president and director of brewing operations at Blanco-based Real Ale Brewing Co. “These contributions are directly benefitting local and regional economies. Craft brewers are keeping money in state, and show no signs of letting up.”
“Truly, the economic impact of Texas’ independent craft beer industry measured in this study is the tip of the iceberg,” says University of Texas-San Antonio Economics Professor Scott Metzger, author of the study and founder/CEO of San Antonio-based brewpub Freetail Brewing Co. “Given consumer demand and planned increases in capacity, a tremendous opportunity exists for ongoing and future growth — provided legislation may be passed allowing Texas’ craft brewers the same access to market enjoyed by brewers in other states and by the Texas wine industry.”
Some of the notable craft brewers in the San Antonio-Hill Country area include:
Boerne, Texas 78006
Pedernales Brewing Company
97 Hitchin’ Post Trail
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
4834 Whirlwind Drive #102
San Antonio, TX 78217
Real Ale Brewing Company
P.O. Box 1445
Blanco, TX 78606
Blue Star Brewing Company
1414 South Alamo # 105
San Antonio, TX 78210
Double Horn Brewing Company
208 Avenue H
Marble Falls, TX 78654
Fredericksburg Brewing Company
245 E. Main Street
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Freetail Brewing Company
4035 N. Loop 1604 West #105
San Antonio, TX 78257
Pecan Street Brewing
Johnson City, TX 78636
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