Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Scott A. Graham, executive director of Michigan Brewers Guild, and Mike Lashbrook, president of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
Michigan craft beers deservedly are making a name for themselves at home and around the world.
Today, Michigan ranks fifth in number of breweries with sales growing at double-digit rates that far eclipse the national average for craft beer growth in other states. Michigan-made beers are the toast in specialty magazines, in international publications, and at global festivals. Our state is home to more than 140 breweries today; it barely had a handful in the 1990s. These terrific beers are getting into new markets on the strength of our products and a distribution network that employs more than 5,000 people who wake up every morning dedicated to delivering beer to every corner of the state.
Contributing to our success is a balanced system of alcohol regulations and safeguards that are responsible even as they promote economic growth. As the craft beer industry in Michigan grew, we encountered changes in the industry and the marketplace that nobody could foresee decades ago when our regulations were first put in place.
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