Community and Economic Development, Agriculture Secretaries to be “Brewer for a Day”
Harrisburg, PA – To honor Pennsylvania’s thriving craft beer industry this month, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding are serving as “Brewers for a Day” at two homegrown breweries.
“The addition of local Pennsylvania craft breweries to communities has spurred revitalization, created thousands of jobs, and built new and treasured social gathering places,” said Secretary Davin. “We raise our glass to an industry that’s grown significantly over recent years and is a real source of pride for the commonwealth.”
In celebration of Pennsylvania’s Craft Beer Month, today Secretary Davin took the helm at East End Brewing Company in Pittsburgh, and on September 20, Secretary Redding will brew a PA Preferred® creation at Appalachian Brewing Company in Mechanicsburg.
“The craft beer market in Pennsylvania is booming, as brewer entrepreneurs hone their craft to meet rising consumer demand,” Secretary Redding said. “Craft Beer Month highlights the skill and ingenuity of our brewers, and the diversity and quality of the crops that go into each hand-crafted brew. Cheers to Pennsylvania brewers, craft beer-lovers, and farmers who have made us number one.”
Pennsylvania is home to 354 craft breweries — an increase from 88 in 2011 — and produces more than 3.7 million barrels of craft beer a year, making it the nation’s top producer. The commonwealth’s craft brewers are increasingly recognized for creating quality beers that span styles including pilsners, India Pale Ales, lagers, stouts, hefeweizen, porters, bocks, and saisons. The industry injects $5.78 billion into the state’s economy while supplying more than 10,000 jobs which generate $2.2 billion in wages and benefits annually.
“Pennsylvania has become a destination point for craft beer enthusiasts from all across the country, and this drives tourism and economic development to the commonwealth,” said Adam Harris, Deputy Director of the Brewers of Pennsylvania, the state’s official brewers guild. “Pennsylvania is a large and diverse state, and that diversity is complemented by the many different types of award-winning beers our craft brewers produce. Having hundreds of breweries allows people in Pennsylvania and beyond to experience our state’s uniqueness one sip at a time.”
To further celebrate the month, a Pursue Your Hoppiness t-shirt is now available for purchase in the PA Mercantile online store. Pursue Your Hoppiness is an initiative to create an identity for craft brewing for Pennsylvania, elevate the state’s reputation as a craft brewing destination, and to promote attractions, dining, and lodging near craft breweries to enhance the visitor experience.
The Pennsylvania Tourism Office, under the Department of Community and Economic Development, is dedicated to inspiring travel to Pennsylvania. For more information, go to the visitPA website, sign up for the Happy Thoughts newsletter, and follow visitPA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Casey Smith, DCED, 717.783.1132
Shannon Powers, Ag, 717.783.2628
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