A new report holds some exciting news for craft beer enthusiasts: according to the Brewers Association, craft beer production now contributes $2 billion to the Pennsylvania economy, and a whopping $34 billion to the national economy. Check out this cool infographic:
Thirty years ago, there was hardly any craft beer production in the United States. Large corporations controlled most of the market and the available beers, mass-produced, didn’t vary much in taste. In Europe, it took a 1970s grassroots movement called — no joke — the Campaign for Real Ale to return to a focus on craft and quality. In the U.S., smaller brewers never had a chance to get started prior to the 1980s. Homebrewing was illegal under federal law until 1979! Once it was federally legal, states were free to relax their restrictions. The last holdout? Mississippi, which daringly legalized homebrews…last year.
Now, local craft brewers like Yards Brewing Company are flourishing. Yards, located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia near the Delaware river, produces some 22,000 barrels of beer each year. They’re committed to excellent taste and also to sustainability — the whole operation runs on wind energy. And their tasting room is available for private events! This makes me want to host a party, and soon.
Next time you host an event, why not consider treating your guests to the delicious product of a brewer local to your area? The choice of where to host an event is also the choice to support a healthy local economy, which might make a tasting room or brewpub the perfect place to consider next time you’re looking for space.
One of our favorite spots here in Philly is JG Domestic, one of Iron Chef Jose Garces’s restaurants. The restaurant features US-sourced, artisanal, farm-fresh food. Currently in season, for instance: dayboat scallops with a Luna Farm kohlrabi remoulade, Anson Mills grits, and Benson’s bacon. (Now we’re hungry!) They also feature handcrafted American beers and whiskeys. The bar area is available to rent for private events — treat your guests to a whiskey flight or beer tasting! — as are the private dining rooms and the entire restaurant.
Interested? Book it now!