Economic Impact Study

Economic Impact of Texas Craft Beer Tops $608 Million in 2011, Could Reach $5.6 Billion Within the Decade

Texas Brewers Increased Volume by 46%, Account for 51.2% of All Brewery Jobs

We are pleased to make available the 2012 annual update of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild study, Economic Impact of the Texas Craft Brewing Industry, along with various support materials. This study was commissioned by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild to estimate the size and economic impact of locally-owned breweries operating within the state of Texas, specifically focusing on current and potential output, job generation, and wages.


Official Press Release – Texas Craft Beer’s Economic Impact

TCBG Economic Impact of the Texas Craft Brewing Industry

TCBG Economic Impact Study – Fact Sheet

TCBG Economic Impact Study – Supplement

TCBG Economic Impact Study – Position Paper of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild

The following are a few of the report’s findings.

  • Texas Craft Brewers had an economic impact of $608 million on the state in 2011.
  • Texas had 78 actively licensed small manufactures of craft beer at year-end 2011, compared to 52 at year-end 2010. (Despite the growth in number of breweries, Texas remains in the bottom ten states in breweries per capita.)
  • Texas craft brewers produced approximately 133,000 barrels of beer in 2011, a 46% increase versus 2010.
  • Texas craft brewers represent an estimated 12.3% of craft beer and 0.70% of all beer consumed in Texas.
  • Nationally, craft beer’s market share in 2011 was 5.7% by volume and 9.1% by dollars in 2011.
  • Survey respondents plan on spending $29 million in capital investment over the next five years.
  • 92% of survey respondents say they would further increase capital investment if statutory access to market restrictions were lifted.
  • The Texas craft brewing industry could have an economic impact estimated at $5.6 billion if certain statutory reforms were enacted and craft beer followed the same trajectory as Texas wine (see study for modeling details).

We’d like to thank University of Texas-San Antonio Professor of Economics Scott Metzger, founder/CEO of Freetail Brewing Co., for all his hard work in putting this study together. And thanks to the brewer members of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild who generously contributed essential information and time.

If you have questions about this study, please email:   Scott AT

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