Brewery jobs surging in Ohio

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Let's toast: Ohio is the nation's sixth-largest brewing employer –
directly employing or supporting 83,000 jobs statewide, according to
an industry group.

Ohio's breweries support $3 billion in workers' wages and pump $10
billion overall into the state's economy, according to the Beer
Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group. Kentucky ranks 32nd
in the nation, employing more than 16,000 and contributing $1.6
billion to the state economy.

Mike Wayne, general manager of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.'s
brewery in Over-The-Rhine, said Cincinnati's craft beer boom is
creating more jobs. More local aficionados have turned pro in the last
half decade looking to make Cincinnati a brewing capital again.

"We were the original brewing city outside of Germany," Wayne said.
"We were the best once, we can be the best again."

Christian Moerlein employs 25 at its brewery, while the Christian
Moerlein Lager House employs 300. Wayne said Moerlein hopes to employ
more than at the brewery within three to five years.

"We have the whole industry here in Ohio: from guys brewing half a
barrel at home all the way up to giants producing 1 million barrels a

MillerCoors operates the region's largest brewery in Trenton, creating
9 million barrels a year, while the region is dotted other local craft
brewing players: Rivertown, MadTree and Rhinegeist.

America's craft brewing renaissance is a strong source of industry
growth. Craft brewers sold $14.3 billion worth of beer last year – up
20 percent, according to industry estimates. Overall beer sales held
steady last year at $93 billion.

Chris Thorne, a spokesman for the beer institute, said craft brewing
is spawning start-up businesses and innovation.

"We've seen a surge in the number of brewers – it's something we're
proud of," Thorne said. "We're an innovative business."

The institute estimates every brewery job creates 45 others among
suppliers and vendors.

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