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Beer study: Sippin’ has $924 million impact on S.C.

River Rat Brewery on Shop Road contributes to the town's growing brewery trend.
River Rat Brewery on Shop Road contributes to the town's growing brewery trend. Gerry Melendez

The beer industry in South Carolina generates almost 12,500 jobs directly, pays $380.2 million in wages and provides $924 million to the economy, according to a study by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association.

JOBS

10,181 from retailing

2,120 from distributing

125 from brewing

Total: 12,426

WAGES

$250,774,400 from retailing

$125,022,800 from distributing

$4,391,600 from brewing

Total: $380,188,800

ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTION

$581,936,800 from retailing

$305,329,400 from distributing

$36,688,300 from brewing

Total: $923,954,500

– Clif LeBlanc

SOURCES: Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association

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