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Wyoming: This mostly rural western state doesn't have a lot of residents (about 584,000 in 2014), but its beer industry is still making an impact. The industry was directly responsible for more than $216 million in output last year, and 2,698 people earned a combined total of $80,677,200 brewing, wholesaling and retailing that beer. Saddle up, cowboy, there's beer over them mountains.
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Beer is worth billions of dollars in revenue and tax dollars -- both for the federal economy and for states' economies.
Whether you're drinking it, brewing it or simply driving it around town, you're doing your part to help an industry that is no small part of the business world.
Last year, the beer industry contributed $252.6 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the
Beer Serves America study, from the Beer Institute, an industry organization.
Across the country, the beer industry directly employs more than 49,570 Americans, and with all the connected industries creates more than 1.7 million jobs.
Beyond its direct contributions, the industry spawns all kinds of connected revenue -- about $83 billion from suppliers and another $60 billion in other economic activity related to beer.
On the tax side, Homer Simpson's favorite beverage is no slouch either. The Beer Institute's study estimated that beer leads to more than $48 billion in taxes to states and the federal government.
We pulled the state-by-state data for the Western half of the U.S. and put together a slideshow. So, pull up a chair, open your favorite beer, and see if you can learn something about the value of beer in each state.