New York state’s craft beer industry generated $5.4 billion in economic contributions, according to an economic impact study funded by the New York State Brewers Association.
The report measured the number of jobs, wages paid to employees and total output of the state’s 434 licensed craft breweries.
Locally, there are 18 craft breweries in Ontario County, directly employing 135 people and contributing to the employment of another 255 people in wholesaling, retailing and tourism-related jobs in breweries and tap rooms.
Seneca County has seven craft breweries, directly employing 44 people and indirectly helping support 118 other jobs. In Yates County, there are two craft breweries that directly employ eight people and indirectly support 64 other jobs. Wayne County does not have any craft breweries but does have 102 people employed in support jobs.
Suffolk County has the highest number of craft breweries in the state, 36, followed by Monroe County with 26 and Erie County with 24.
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