Craft Beer Boosts Employment in Breweries

  • By Gwak Rae-geon

    March 03, 2021 11:25

    Jobs in breweries have increased since regulations in the industry were eased in 2012, allowing craft beers to flourish.

    According to a report by the Korea Labor Institute on Monday, jobs in the brewing industry increased from 9,070 in 2013 to 10,617 in 2018, up 17 percent.

    The increase is unusual since domestic alcoholic beverage production overall has been dwindling since it peaked at 3.81 million kiloliters in 2014. The increase is mainly due to the opening of fashionable microbreweries.

    The government eased regulations for breweries and licensing requirements for alcohol retail in 2013, and allowed small beer brewers to sell craft beer in 2014.

    It also allowed online shops to sell traditional liquors in 2017 and microbrewers to sell their products in supermarkets and convenience stores in 2018.

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