Governor Whitmer proclaims November ‘Michigan Craft Beverage Month’ as ​​holiday season kicks off

With more than 300 breweries, 200 winery tasting rooms, 100 distillers, and 90 hard cider producers, Michigan’s craft beverage industry thrives at the intersection of agricultural development and beverage manufacturing.

LANSING, Michigan – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed November Michigan Craft Beverage Month, recognizing the vital economic development and social benefits of Michigan’s robust craft beverage industry.

“Michigan is home to some of the best breweries, wineries, cider houses and distilleries in the country, and my administration will continue to work to support this thriving industry and grow our economy,” Governor Whitmer said. “As we enter the holiday season, I encourage the people of Michigan to join us in supporting our award-winning craft beverages. It’s not only important to Michigan’s economy and tourism, but they have Let’s continue to support Michigan’s strong businesses and create economic opportunity in every region of the state.

Michigan currently ranks sixth in the nation for the number of craft breweries and is one of the nation’s top producers of hard ciders. The state ranks ninth in the nation for wine production, bottling more than 3.5 million gallons annually. With more than 300 breweries, 200 winery tasting rooms, 100 distillers, and 90 hard cider producers across Michigan, the industry thrives at the intersection of agricultural development and beverage manufacturing.

“Michigan is known around the world as an agricultural powerhouse, which has helped our craft beverage industry gain national recognition,” said Gary McDowell, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. “Our dynamic growth within this industry encourages new entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Michigan while supporting our local businesses and tourism efforts. In November, and every month, we encourage Michiganians to buy local craft beverages and support “Michigan Made” products!”

Craft beverage companies contribute directly to the economic development of a community. It is common to see craft beverage companies investing in and revitalizing buildings in downtown and less developed areas. These investments can breathe economic life into underutilized spaces, serving as an anchor for increased economic development.

“While many Michiganders realize the impact of this industry and are passionate members of this community, we want to encourage everyone to support their local craft beverage producers this holiday season,” said Jenelle Jagmin, director of the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. “Whether it’s buying a gift for a friend or pairing a drink with celebrations of all kinds, keep Michigan craft drinks and other local products in mind.”

To learn more about the Michigan Craft Beverage Council, visit michigancraftbeverage.com.

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The Michigan Craft Beverage Council is a 10-member governor-appointed board that is advisory to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and was established to provide research, marketing, and promotion of Michigan agricultural products that are used in the Michigan craft beverage production.

Elisha A. Tilghman