While Michigan’s craft beer industry continues to contribute substantially to Michigan’s brighter future, it’s not the only industry benefitting from a greater interest in Mitten State beer.
As Brian Dews, co-owner of Rockford Brewing Co., mentioned during a stop on the #MIBrewingJobs tour, a growing craft beer industry in Michigan also benefits the state’s tourism and agriculture industries, especially in areas like Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Holland. The three cities now form an area that is lovingly referred to as the Beermuda Triangle.
A recent Detroit News article talks about how more people in Michigan are starting to farm, especially hops, simply because of their love of craft beer and their desire to be a part of that industry. These small growers have support from some big players in the craft beer industry, such as New Holland Brewing Co. and its president and co-founder Brett VanderKamp.
In the article, VanderKamp expresses an interest in continuing to use Michigan-grown hops and malt, seeing the link between the brewing companies and hop growers as beneficial not only for the brewers, but also the farmers and the state as a whole.
Our hopping craft beer industry – which, according to the Detroit News article, it now has an economic impact of more than $600 million on the state – continues to have a positive impact on an already growing agriculture and tourism industries. These three industries, along with our state’s new booming tech sector, are contributing to Michigan’s reinvention under Republican leadership.
With each new industry’s growth, we can see a greater impact on our state’s economy and a brighter future for all residents of our state.