Despite the rapid expansion of Michigan farmland dedicated to growing hops and grains for the state’s craft beverage sector, experts say the industry has more room to grow. A new Michigan State University Product Center study examines the potential economic impact for Michigan craft breweries to produce beer exclusively with in-state ingredients.
Michigan hop producers have been on a growth streak in recent years, fueled by demand from the state’s craft beer industry for locally sourced ingredients.
The headlines about acquisitions, expansions and outside investments — and even bankruptcies — provide proof that the West Michigan craft beer industry has started to mature. That’s not surprising for Bart Watson, the chief economist at the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association.