Beer Distributors of Massachusetts Recognize the Industry’s 2,200+ Workers, Highlight Economic Impact

September 8, 2015

BeerAs Americans across the country this week celebrated the nation’s hardworking men and women, the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts highlighted the tremendous work of the over 2,200 men and women directly employed by the beer distribution industry, the jobs it contributes to Massachusetts, and the industry’s impressive innovation and growth.

Nearly all of the over 2,200 jobs provided by members of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts are full time. According to an economic impact study jointly commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute, over 41,000 jobs in Massachusetts are linked to its strong beer industry, as branding, marketing and distributing products creates a need for additional labor.

The NBWA/Beer Institute study also found that America’s beer industry contributes more than $5 billion annually to Massachusetts’ economy.

“When someone buys that new craft beer they have been wanting to try, they are not only contributing to an entrepreneurial craft beer culture in Massachusetts, but they are supporting countless full time jobs,” said Bill Kelley, president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts. “Many people do not realize the hard work that goes into promoting a brand, from driving trucks to designing logos and writing marketing plans. This is an industry that promotes good middle class jobs, and it is growing.”

According to the Brewers Association, there are 61 craft breweries in Massachusetts, up from 45 in 2011. Massachusetts beer makers Boston Beer Co. and Harpoon, which were pioneers of the national craft beer movement in the 1980s, were recently cited for being “among the 15 largest craft beer makers in America.”  Boston Beer Co., maker of Samuel Adams, is actually the No. 2 craft brewer in the United States, and the 5th largest brewer overall behind only Anheuser Busch, Miller Coors, Pabst Brewing Co. and D.G. Yuengling and Son, according to the Brewers Association.

There were over 3,400 brewers operating in the U.S. in 2014, compared to fewer than 70 in the 1980s. The year 2014 saw 600 new breweries open, with more being planned.

“This innovative spirit that inspires craft brewers in Massachusetts is a win for local economies, for jobs and for the middle class,” said Kelley. “But most of all, our state’s robust craft brewing industry is a win for consumers, who are never short on variety and choice. This Labor Day, it is worth toasting to the beer distribution industry’s hard workers, as well as to the entire industry that is flourishing here in Massachusetts.”


The Beer Distributors of Massachusetts is the leading trade association advocating on behalf of family-owned businesses in the beer distribution industry and working to promote the responsible use of the products they distribute. Learn more at

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