Ohioans love craft beers, and a recent study by the Ohio Craft Brewers Association (OCBA) proves it. Ohio’s craft breweries generated almost $1 billion in economic impact in 2018, a 39% increase from 2015. That encompasses jobs, wages and federal, state and local taxes.
The OCBA noted that about 300 craft brewers churn out an estimated 1.4 million barrels annually, and 8,341 jobs are created as a result. That compares with 135 craft breweries in 2015 producing approximately 1.2 million barrels of beer.
About 50 craft breweries opened last year, a nearly 17% increase in one year.