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Beer Is Better Than Wine for the American Worker

Workers gather in the brewhouse at Brooklyn Brewery on Oct. 23, 2012
Workers gather in the brewhouse at Brooklyn Brewery on Oct. 23, 2012Photograph by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Anyone who’s spent much time in the beer aisle of their local supermarket, liquor store, or bodega has probably noticed that the number of U.S. beer makers has multiplied in recent years. A new Census Bureau report confirms it: There were 869 breweries in the U.S. in 2012, more than double the number in 2007. Wine drinkers have also enjoyed the fruits of an increase in producers, with the number of U.S. wineries jumping 34 percent over the same period.

Not all adult beverages are equal—at least not in the eyes of the American worker. On average, U.S. breweries paid higher salaries and benefits than wineries did in 2012.