Raised Grain Brewing in Waukesha has 13 full-time
employees with plans to add
two more within the next 2-3 months.
WAUKESHA — While a cold can of
beer is synonymous with summer activities in Wisconsin — from music
festivals to fishing — it’s a year-round industry that contributes
about $9 billion annually to the state’s economy.
On Wednesday, a study released by the National Beer Wholesalers
Association and the Beer Institute shows that 62,856 jobs were
impacted by the beer industry in Wisconsin and account for $2.5
billion each year in wages and benefits. The industry also generates
$1.3 billion annually in business, personal and consumption taxes,
according to the study.
This comes as no surprise for Nick Reistad, one of Raised Grain
Brewing’s owners, who said the Waukesha brewery’s impact goes beyond
“The local nature of craft beer means that it significantly impacts
local economies. Raised Grain currently employs 13 fulltime
employees with plans to add two more within the next 2-3 months, and
we have an amazing staff of 35 part-time employees that help us run
our taprooms and pop-up beer gardens. Many of our employees live in
or near Waukesha,” Reistad said Wednesday.
He also highlighted that Raised Grain’s charitable giving
contributes to the well-being of the community.
The beer industry can be divided into three distinct partners:
brewers and importers; independent beer distributors; and licensed
“America’s 3,000 independent beer distribution companies are proud
to employ 141,600 hardworking Americans with jobs that pay a
collective $9.5 billion in wages, offer solid benefits and provide
the opportunity for advancement,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig
Purser in a statement. “Independent beer distributors are Main
Street businesses whose economic contributions are felt in every
community and congressional district across the country as they work
with brewers large and small to grow brands and safely deliver
America’s favorite alcohol beverage to more than 640,000 licensed
Reistad said that in addition to a local brewery’s “direct economic
impacts of employment and tax payment,” craft breweries become a
true part of the community.
“Craft breweries are a part of a vibrant local scene that help
attract and retain employees and members of the community. Part of
our mission has always been drawing people into Waukesha where they
can experience all of the wonderful things the city and county has
to offer, whether it is our brewery, downtown, or everything else
that is great about our city,” he said.
Beer Institute President & CEO Jim McGreevy said beer is not only
America’s most popular alcohol beverage, but it generates more than
2 million jobs and contributes $328 billion to the American economy.