Local economies, including Central Connecticutâ€™s, see ups and downs no matter how well the national economy is performing.
Unfortunately, high taxes, the residual effects from the previous recession and serious state budget woes continue to negatively impact cities and towns as well as large and small businesses throughout Connecticut.
But not all the news is bad. Some entrepreneurial efforts are growing. In New Britain and Bristol and other nearby communities, micro-breweries are springing up as the demand for craft beers continues to grow.
According to reporter Angie DeRosaâ€™s story in The Bristol Press, 2016 data from the Brewers Association shows the craft beer industry in Connecticut contributed $718 million to the economy. In 2016 there were 49 breweries that produced a combined 129,825 barrels of craft beer per year.
Today, there are currently 65 breweries operating throughout the state and another 49 breweries are either in the planning and construction phases or set to open soon.
So what does this mean for all who call Connecticut home?
Well, first it means that those who have an adventurous palate for beer have a wide variety of craft brews to try and enjoy.
And, for those who drink other spirits, or who donâ€™t drink at all, the popularity of craft breweries has a positive impact on the local economy. These small breweries bring jobs and infuse money into the local market by buying supplies and services.
In addition, breweries like Alvarium in New Britain and Firefly in Bristol, offer a pleasant place to socialize and have a little fun.
So, we raise a glass to the local brew masters with the hope that the communities they serve continue to drink in their success.