Beer becoming bigger part of state economy

By LAUREN SHUN/Montana State News

There is nothing better than a locally brewed beer. In Montana, that is not too hard to find.

According to the nation’s Brewers Association, Montana only has 39 breweries statewide, ranking them 22nd in the nation, but they are third in the nation in terms of breweries per capita. Montana has an astounding 5.3 breweries per 100,000 adults. Oregon and Washington with are the only states in the nation ahead of Montana.

The beer brewing industry in Montana is booming. According to the Montana Brewers Association, there are 53 licensed brewers in the state, which manufacture and package over 140,000 barrels (4,340,000 gallons) of fine handcrafted beer in bottles, cans, and kegs.

Tony Herbert, executive director of the Montana Brewers Associations said, “Montana craft beer is very popular … People want more of it and we don’t really see any kind of point where this will slow down. Sure, one day it may. But (there) seems to still be potential for continuing growth for the craft beer market in the nation and in Montana.” Continue reading “Beer becoming bigger part of state economy”

Local economy leads state in growth

By WILLIAM NEVILLE/Montana State News

Montana has the 13th fastest growing economy in the nation, according the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. And 35 percent of the state’s economic growth comes from Gallatin County, with tourism being a strong component.

Out of the $666 million in out-of-state spending, almost half is making its way into the Bozeman area, from the downtown businesses to Yellowstone Park region and the Bridger Bowl and Big Sky Ski Resorts.

Although Bozeman is at the forefront of the state’s economic progression, other Montana cities are also experiencing positive economic growth, according to the bureau. Overall, GDP in Montana expanded by 4.5 percent in 2013. Montana’s largest cities are contributing to the state’s rapid economic growth, however, their drivers are starkly different. Continue reading “Local economy leads state in growth”

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