Whether you consider yourself a beer connoisseur, a beer sommelier, or just a major fan, this one goes out to you.
Beer first landed in the United States around the 16th Century. Fast-forward to the 21st Century where it is currently being manufactured by more than 7,000 breweries. The majority of new breweries are smaller, mainly referred to as “craft breweries,” which generally produce wheats, sours, pale ales, and lagers.
These breweries can be found all over the country, including in the state of Missouri. Also known as the Show-Me State, Missouri is home to Anheuser-Busch, the creator of the first national beer brand Budweiser. As one of the largest international conglomerates to date, it is no wonder that the production of beer is an active part of the state’s heritage. This timeless tradition continues to contribute to the state’s growing market. In fact, Missouri currently has over 110 craft breweries operating, including 4 Hands Brewery Co., Kansas City Bier Company, and Logboat Brewery Co. With European-inspired ale to barrel-aged brews to American beer, Missouri produces it all.
According to the Brewer’s Association, Missouri produces over 367,000 barrels of craft beer per year and ranks in the top 20 for the highest number of breweries in the US. This production contributes nearly $10 billion annually to the state’s economy and supports more than 55,000 jobs. Who knew?!
Word on the street is you can’t pass through the state without downing an ice-cold bud! We say cheers to that!