According to the Brewers' Association, a craft brewery is:
An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.
Having a craft brewery makes a city even more enticing and adds to a city's signature that it is a place that is growing and evolving. Craft beer culture is becoming synonymous with the arts and intellectual circles across the nation.Craft breweries are good for local economies. They create jobs, contribute to city coffers, are often generous to local charities and causes, and are usually willing to move into areas that are in need of rehabbing. ~ CraftBeer.com (http://bit.ly/N5ZMnq)
Connecting the dots between creativity and job creation, [Richard Florida] notes, “The key to economic growth lies not just in the ability to attract the creative class, but to translate that underlying advantage into creative economic outcomes in the form of new ideas, new high-tech businesses and regional growth.”... “Places that succeed in attracting and retaining creative-class people prosper; those that fail don’t.”...it’s about building community, of creating a mindset that places value on creativity, that nurtures its creators and provides them ways and means to polish their respective crafts. ~ YES Weekly (http://bit.ly/LGiKiL)
A recent yearlong study conducted in Guilford County, the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofits arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, showed these industries generated more than $118 million dollars annually in Guilford County with $11.3 million dollars in local and state government revenues and supported 4,269 full-time equivalent jobs with more than $70 million dollars going directly back into the local economy. ~ News 14 (http://bit.ly/LGl7Sy)