The National Beer Wholesalers Association announced today that despite the economic downturn California’s beer industry contributes $32 Billion annually to the state’s economy.

Here are some of the statistics from the press release:

  • 229,746 jobs and $10.5 billion in wages and benefits were generated by the industry.
  • $6 Billion in business, personal and consumption taxes were paid in 2010.
  • 117,240 people are directly employed by the beer industry paying them $4.1 billion in wages.
  • 11,743 people are employed by 222 beer distributors.
  • 5,940 people are approximately employed by brewers and beer importers.
  • Beer sales support roughly 99,557 jobs at licensed retailers and other outlets.

These numbers demonstrate that our industry continues to play an integral role in providing jobs and revenue necessary to heal our recovering economy,” said Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute. “For this reason, it is important that California and federal officials consider equitable tax policies that do not unduly harm an industry that aids economic growth.

The study was conducted by John Dunham & Associates based in New York City using 2010 data.