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The suds serve as a social lubricant, but beer also can be an economic stimulus.
The oldest beers date to the 5th millennium B.C. in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Later, European monasteries produced beer in the 7th century A.D. It wasn’t until the Industrial Revolution that brewing became an industry.
Today, 1.75 million Americans work in the beer business, according to the Beer Institute, with a total economic impact of about $253 billion.
Below are the top states of the beer economy, according to the 2015 Beer Serves America Study by the Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association.