- Per capita consumption of spirits is up 33% over the last 10 years; over the same period, beer consumption ticked up just 2.8%--and beer consumption has fallen over the last five.
- Of the top 10 craft breweries in the U.S. in 2007, all got their start in states with low excise taxes. The average tax rate when they started was $2.33.
- Between 2004 and 2008, the impact of local breweries on the economy grew substantially. The percentage of Oregon-made beer consumed in Oregon grew from 9.9% to 12% and the number of jobs grew from 2,950 to 5,200.
- From 2004-2008 for every 1,000 barrels Oregon brewed beer that was consumed in Oregon more than 30 jobs were created.
[Update. Via email, I was alerted to this post. Good to see that Madison, WI, my old grad-school haunt, now has a vibrant beer-blogging community. See also Madison Beer Review for interesting content. I'll have to update the blogroll.]