The Michigan Senate on Tuesday recognized July 2010 as Craft Beer Month in Michigan, said state Sen. Mike Nofs.
Senate Resolution 164, which passed unanimously, celebrates the contributions that Michigan’s craft beer industry has made to the state’s economy, its communities and history.
“The craft beer industry is one of the bright spots in our economy,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “It has seen double-digit growth over the past two years, despite the overall economic downturn. Our brewers employ thousands of residents, and support the state’s agriculture, restaurant and tourism industries. It has also taken the lead in promoting the safe, responsible use of its products.”
Joining Nofs for the occasion were representatives from the Michigan Brewers’ Guild, including President Eric Briggman from Rochester Mills Beer Co., and Tim Surprise, president of the Battle Creek-based Arcadia Brewing Co.
Surprise thanked the Senate for the honor.
“Michigan brewers are producing nationally and internationally recognized beers, as well as jobs and investment in our local communities,” said Surprise. “We appreciate Sen. Nofs’ support and advocacy for our industry.”
More than 100 types of beer are brewed here, many of them award winning, making Michigan one of the top beer producing states in the nation.