Report: Arizona beer has an economic kick, too, in terms of jobs, taxes

When Rob Fullmer, the executive director of the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, says "everything is improved by the presence of a brewery," he's talking about the economic buzz it brings and not the alcoholic kind.

"Anytime you can put a business between two breweries, you'll see a much more foot traffic in that area, and you'll see a real benefit to your employees," said Fullmer – not to mention "the lunches and happy hours."

New industry-generated numbers appear to back up that claim that beer brings economic growth and prosperity.

A recent report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association said the beer industry in Arizona – from brewers to drivers to bartenders – had an economic output of almost $4.3 billion in 2014, generated more than $800 million in federal and state taxes and was responsible for 38,627 jobs in the state.

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