The Ohio craft beer industry provided $2.7 billion in economic impact last year — the seventh largest output by a state, a new study says.


The Brewers Association on Tuesday (Sept. 26) released its biennial economic impact report, which shows craft beer contributed $67.8 billion to the U.S. economy. The industry provided 456,373 jobs nationwide, including 15,762 in the Buckeye State.


The analysis examined impact from everything from breweries to wholesalers to retailers.


"We’re excited to see the growth in the Ohio craft brewing industry," Ohio Craft Brewers Association spokesman Justin Hemminger said. "The economic impact is up $510 million over the last two years. Maybe more importantly, there are 4,000 more craft beer jobs than there were two years ago."


He noted that 50 new breweries opened in Ohio so far this year.


"That’s actually as good an indicator of the growth and health of this industry as any," Hemminger said.


The Ohio Division of Liquor Control has issued more than 250 brewing permits. (Some breweries hold more than one permit.)


The Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association noted that the per capita economic impact for Ohioans over 21 years of age was $319.41, ranking the state 18th. Colorado was tops with $764.34 per capita.


California had the largest economic impact at $7.3 billion, followed by Pennsylvania ($5.8 billion), Texas ($4.5 billion), New York ($3.4 billion) and Florida ($3 billion).


"With a strong presence across the 50 states and the District of Columbia, craft breweries are a vibrant and flourishing economic force at the local, state and national level," Brewers Association chief economist Bart Watson said in a prepared statement. "As consumers continue to demand a wide range of high quality, full-flavored beers, small and independent craft brewers are meeting this growing demand with innovative offerings, creating high levels of economic value in the process."


Earlier this year, the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association released their updated Beer Serves America report, which estimated that the overall beer industry — including national brewers and importers — had a $13 billion economic impact in Ohio. The Buckeye State benefits from being home to Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors and Samuel Adams breweries.