The Beer Serves America study estimates taxes paid by the industry and its employees and consumer taxes generated by the sale of malt beverage products. All told, over $48.5 billion in tax revenues are generated by the production and sale of beer and other malt beverages. This is equal to nearly 40 percent of the retail price paid for these products by consumers.
Beyond the numerical indicators of brewers' economic activity there is another powerful story. The brewing industry has a presence in every congressional district in the U.S., and family names appear on most beer packages sold in the United States. Brewers and beer distributors are responsible corporate citizens who care deeply about the responsible use of their products. Members of the brewing industry have worked individually and collectively on dozens of successful education and awareness programs to reduce drunk driving, underage drinking, and all other forms of alcohol abuse.