The craft beer industry in New York state grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

The craft beer industry in New York state grew 59 percent from 2013 to 2014, with a total economic impact estimated at $3.5 billion, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.
The results are according to a research report prepared for the New York State Brewers Association and the New York Wine and Grape Foundation.
The report, prepared by Stonebridge Research Group, finds significant growth in the craft beer industry since the 2012 passage of New York Farm Brewery legislation and other supports. The number of craft breweries has more than doubled from 2012 to 2015, from 95 breweries in 2012 and 207 in January, 2015.
Craft beer production was up 54 percent from 2011 to 2013, to 859,535 barrels.
According to the report, craft beer accounts for 6,552 direct industry jobs, while supporting another 4,814 jobs in related industries. It is responsible for more than $2.9 billion in direct and indirect revenue within the state, and another $554 million in direct and indirect wages, making up the nearly $3.5 billion in total economic impact on the state.
“Tourists and New Yorkers alike are flocking to craft breweries and brewpubs. Their visits support more than 3,000 jobs that pay more than $77 million in annual wages and generate more than $450 million in revenue,” according to the release from the governor.