Step aside, John Hickenlooper, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has taken your throne at the Beer Institute and been named as their beer champion for encouraging free trade and tax relief for brewers.

The king is dead, long live the king!

“Colorado’s beer industry provides 73,000 jobs, $3.8 billion in wages, and $13.6 billion in economic output to our state’s economy and is part of our state’s identity and culture,” said Senator Gardner. “It’s important that Washington doesn’t stand in the way of its continued success. I’m proud to fight for policies to help brewers grow, create jobs, and boost communities across the four corners of Colorado and throughout our country.”

Colorado is home to 523 breweries, and the beer industry has created 73,000 jobs in the state. 

As if these tremendous economic accomplishments weren’t enough, it’s beer!

“America’s brewers and importers are pleased to honor Senator Gardner. His tireless effort to build support for policies enable our nation’s breweries and beer importers to continue to innovate, hire more employees and contribute $328 billion to our nation’s economy,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. 

Beer, it does America good.