BETTENDORF, IA - Crawford Brew Works has joined the Iowa Brewers Guild. The Guild organizes its efforts to showcase and improve the quality of Iowa beer, promote communication among the state’s brewers, advocate for the promotion of the local brewing community, and lobby for progressive changes in Iowa laws to benefit the state’s craft brewing industry.
Iowa currently boasts over 80 brewery locations with many more in the planning stages.
Including breweries-in-planning, the IBG has approximately 90 brewery members, and 50 allied trade members.
A 2015 Iowa Craft Beer Economic Impact Study, funded by the Iowa Wine and Beer Promotion Board, revealed that the Iowa craft brewing industry:
- Supports over 1,500 jobs
- Has a $100 million impact on the economy
- Produced nearly 41,000 barrels of beer in 2014
- Is projected to triple in five years, producing more than 146,000 barrels annually by 2019
According to the Brewers Association, Iowa breweries produced 61,232 barrels of beer in 2016.