Brewing Colorado’s economy

Brewing Colorado’s economy

Study finds the state No. 1 in nation for beer production
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A new study done by the University of Colorado Business Research Division found that Colorado’s 139 licensed brewers made more than $100 million in 2011. Durango plays its part in the beer industry. It was found to have the highest number of breweries per capita in the nation with one for every 3,480 residents. The state’s symbol is on Steamworks Brewing Co.’s Colorado Kolsch, a beer that co-founder Kris Oyler chose to be part of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s inauguration.
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Josh Klarer arranges bottles for filling at Ska Brewing Co., one of Durango’s breweries. A new study reports the craft-brewing industry has generated 4,200 jobs in Colorado.
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Facts about brewing in The Centennial State

Craft brewing equals about 4.6 percent of all beer brewed in Colorado, but of the 6,600 brewery-related jobs in the state, 4,200 involve craft beer.
The federal excise tax on beer originally was collected to pay for the Civil War. However, the...

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