Craft beer lovers can raise a glass and cheers to this, according to new data from the California Craft Brewer’s Association (CCBA), California’s economy benefitted from the craft beer industry’s contribution. The industry saw an 18 percent increase in 2014 from 2013 stats.
That means that California’s craft beer industry is creating a higher economic impact than in any other state in the nation. The beer is flowing and strengthening the California economy. The $6.5 billion figure the industry quotes is likely going to be even higher when new data comes out in June.
In California, there are about 520 breweries producing 3.5 billion barrels of beer. I can hear the bottles clinking now. That’s a growth spurt of about 24 percent in 2014. California ranks behind only Colorado and Pennsylvania for exporting beer but California craft brewers are still exporting quite a bit, 1.3 million barrels in 2014.
This all adds up to more money for the state. In 2014, state and federal excise taxes paid by craft brewers totaled $56 million and more than $1.3 billion in income and other local, state, and federal taxes.
California Produces More Craft Beer Than Any Other State
In San Diego, alone, there are more than 100 craft breweries. The scene is growing and trying to keep pace with the thirsty craft-beer-lover demand.
The “golden state” is taking on a new meaning; it’s found liquid gold. And, it all began not that long ago. According to the CCBA, Fritz Maytag bought into the then ailing Anchor Brewery (which was on the verge of going out of business in 1965). Maytag began brewing flavorful beer and introducing “lost styles”.
CCBA writes on its Website, “His Anchor Brewery became the first “craft” brewery since prohibition and was the inspiration that sparked a revolution in brewing.”
Maytag was the only brewer until Jack McAuliffe built the then first modern microbrewery in America, New Albion Brewery, and began brewing in 1977 in Sonoma, California.
The rest, as they say, is history.
In San Diego, one local, family-run brewery is growing a community of loyal fans. Iron Fist Brewing Company started out as a hobby and stovetop brewing. Today, it’s “iron fist” brew is a favorite for many.
Watch the video to hear how it all began and find out where the next Iron Fist Brewing location is opening in the summer of 2015.
Sushi Smackdown At Iron Fist Brewing Company, Vista
Photo Gallery pics courtesy: Chris Brake Photography