Michigan Craft Beer Month an opportunity to toast success of state’s craft beer industry
LANSING - July is Craft Beer Month in Michigan and the state’s independent, locally owned and family owned beer distributors are proud to celebrate another successful year of Michigan craft beer.
“Michigan is at the epicenter of the hazy IPA trend and our craft brewers are pioneers in new and creative beer styles that have propelled Michigan to a Top 10 beer producer in the country,” said Spencer Nevins, president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. “Michigan’s beer distributors are proud to play a role in the continued success of our craft beer industry and look forward to helping craft brewers grow and thrive for years to come.”
With more than 330 breweries dotted across the state, Michigan’s beer distributors play a vital role in helping craft brewers big and small compete, grow, and thrive on a level playing field. Distributors help breweries access retailers, expand to new markets and grow their brands – all while ensuring the freshest beer possible is on tap at bars and restaurants and on store shelves.
“Craft beer in Michigan has grown by leaps and bounds, especially over the last several years, and the industry deserves its month in the sun,” Nevins said. “Michigan Craft Beer Month showcases everything from Michigan’s unique hop varieties and locally grown barley to the brewers who conjure up creative recipes and the distributors who ensure the freshest beer possible is on store shelves and tap handles.”
Michigan’s independent, family owned beer distributors employ nearly 5,000 people and pump hundreds of millions of dollars back into the local economy. Beer is big business in Michigan and has an annual economic impact of $10.5 billion