Economic Contribution of Minnesota’s Craft Brewing Industry and the Impact of COVID-19

Last updated: May 25, 2023

After a decade of exponential growth in Minnesota’s craft breweries, COVID-19 led to an 18 percent drop in economic activity during 2020 — a tough hit for an industry that generated more than $1 billion in economic activity only a year earlier.

University of Minnesota Extension researchers documented the toll of COVID-19 on brewers in a newly released report for the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild.