The beer industry is a major contributor to the United States economy and is comprised of suppliers, wholesalers and retailers, making up the three-tier system. According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA), the overall beer industry directly or indirectly employs 2.5 million Americans and provides wages and benefits of $60 billion. The beer industry also pays $14 billion in direct federal, state and local taxes.
The United States is the world's largest producer of beer. More than 90 million Americans enjoy a glass of beer responsibly and moderately.