In September 2015, Governor Pat McCrory expressed his support of local manufacturing: “North Carolina’s manufacturers are an important part of the backbone of this state’s economy. Whether it’s in our traditional industries, such as textiles or furniture, or in automotive, aerospace or high-tech, North Carolina’s manufacturing segment helps make our state a major factor in this country’s economic growth.”
Craft beer is an industry that can significantly impact the economic growth and well-being of North Carolina.
At present, more than 96% of the beer consumed in North Carolina is made out-of-state. By supporting the growth of NC breweries, you are supporting a shift from “importing” beer and exporting wealth to strengthening the NC economy by increasing manufacturing here, so that more of the money spent on craft beer stays right here in the local economy.
Consider a hypothetical dollar spent on beer in NC. If you purchase a beer produced outside of NC, about 30 cents of that dollar goes to a distributor, which may or may not be a local company, and the remaining 75 cents returns to the state (or country) in which it was made. If that hypothetical dollar is, instead, used to purchase a NC-made beer, the entire brewing-sale-consumption process is completed within our state – the dollar contributes to more economic activity for North Carolina and the majority of the wealth stays in-state.
We want fellow North Carolinians to understand that the craft brewing industry is growing – and growing stronger. The economic impact of NC breweries was over two billion dollars in 2014, a 138% increase from 2012. But more than that, we want North Carolina to know that giving us the choice of whether we engage a distributor will help us grow into bigger and better breweries – and that giving us more control over our business choices and our breweries’ destinies ultimately benefits North Carolina.
Craft Freedom is all about this simple request: We want to have a choice. We think this choice should belong to us, and should not be a government mandate. We hope you agree and support our efforts to lift the self-distribution cap in NC.