How the Craft Spirits Boom Is Creating Middle-Class Jobs


R Street's Kevin Kosar has written before about how the craft spirits industry should be recognized as a key source for creating the types of blue collar manufacturing jobs that policymakers often emphasize. Now several other commentators have picked up on the theme, including two Bloomberg View columnists. Noah Smith writes:

[C]raft beer offers one small way in which an enterprising, hard-working individual can bootstrap themselves to the middle- or upper-middle-class and accumulate some capital, without moving to the big city or getting a degree from a top school. It’s one tiny step toward creating an American version of what Germany calls its “mittelstand” -- a network of small businesses that anchors the middle class and spreads economic activity to outlying regions...

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Smith's fellow columnist Justin Fox had a similar piece, as well:

One of the fun things I discovered looking through the jobs data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics last week was that, during a generally impressive stretch for manufacturing employment growth, "breweries, wineries and distilleries" was among the industries leading the way.

This wasn't a one-year fluke, either. Over the past seven years, the breweries, wineries and distilleries sector has been adding jobs at an 11.1 percent annual rate, compared with 1.7 percent for nonfarm payroll employment as whole...

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