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July 2024: Michigan Beer Month

WHEREAS, Michigan breweries are a vibrant affirmation and expression of Michigan’s entrepreneurial traditions, operating as community-based small businesses and employing more than 16,000 people; and,

WHEREAS, Our state has more than 400 breweries in every region, and we rank sixth in the nation for the overall number of breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Brewers Guild celebrates locally-made beer by hosting its Summer Beer Festival in July – one of five annual events held around the state; and,

WHEREAS, Brewers in Michigan support state agriculture by purchasing hops, malted barley, wheat, beet sugar, cherries, apples, and numerous other fruits, herbs, spices, and vegetables grown in Michigan, along with water sourced from the Great Lakes Region; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan brewers promote a spirit of independence through a renaissance in locally-produced beers, and strive to educate legal drinking-age residents about the differences in beer flavor, aroma, color, alcohol content, body, and other complex variables, beer history, and gastronomic qualities of beer; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan brewers champion the message of responsible enjoyment to their customers and work within their communities to prevent alcohol abuse and underage drinking; and,

WHEREAS, Breweries in Michigan produce dozens of distinct styles of flavorful beers, the quality and diversity of which have made Michigan the envy of many states, contributing to the balanced trade with increased Michigan exports and promoting Michigan tourism; and,

WHEREAS, the brewing industry in Michigan has seen great growth and success, with a total economic contribution of more than $2.2 billion, and Michigan brewers are vested in the future, health, and welfare of their communities as employers providing a diverse array of quality local jobs. They are contributors to the local tax base and are committed partners for a broad range of local, regional, and state non-profit organizations and other philanthropic causes; and,

WHEREAS, The Michigan Brewers Guild represents a passionate beer community that believes in quality artisanship, bold character, fun, responsibility, and pushing the boundaries while promoting and protecting the Michigan beer industry with an overarching goal to help locally brewed beer attain 20 percent of all beer sales in the state by 2025;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim July 2024 as Michigan Beer Month in Michigan. We commend Michigan breweries for providing jobs, improving the balance of trade, supporting Michigan agriculture, and educating residents about the history and culture of beer while promoting the responsible consumption of beer as a beverage of moderation.