Beer is good for Florida’s economy, according to a study released by — drum roll — the beer industry.
The National Beer Wholesalers Association and the lobbying arm for the beer industry, the Beer Institute, have released a study that taps the financial benefits of malted barley and hops.
Beer is responsible for a $14.1 billion annual economic impact in Florida, according to the study from the association and institute. The “Beer Serves America” study also places the number of people employed in Florida due to beer at 125,402 through brewers, beer importers, beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers. The study also claims that beer is tied to more than $5 billion in wages for Floridians and $3 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
Nationally, the only states where knocking more than one back has a greater economic impact than in Florida, according to these beer experts, are California, $34.2 billion, Texas, $21 billion, and Colorado, $14.8 billion.
Florida’s beer-flavored economy is chugging just ahead of New York, $14.04 billion, and Missouri, $13.2 billion.
The institute’s website also provides a glimpse of where Florida’s beer-related jobs are located.
Looking at Senate districts, the highest numbers of beer jobs fall under Sens. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, Gwen Margolis, D-Miami, Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach, and Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland.
At the other end, the state’s least beer-soaked employment is found in the districts of Sens. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, Tom Lee, R-Brandon, Charlie Dean, R-Inverness, and Anitere Flores, R-Miami.
The News Service of Florida