Local microbreweries have positive impact on economy

CALGARY — The microbrewing industry has a great positive economic impact on their communities wherever they are, says an expert in the field who gave a webinar presentation to the Calgary industry on Thursday.

“That impact is really driven by the relative inefficiency that small breweries have. That sounds like it might be a bad thing but from an economic perspective it’s actually a very good thing because it takes a small brewer a lot more (people) to produce a barrel of beer than it might take some of the large breweries,” said Scott Metzger, founder and chief executive of Freetail Brewing Co., board member of the Texas Craft Brewers Guild and lecturer at the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. “Where these breweries exist they provide a lot of jobs and therefore a lot of ripple effects in terms of the economic impact they have on those communities.”

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