It's the start of summer, warm days and cold beer with plenty of outdoor activities! And while beer means great taste and cool refreshment, it also means economic impact for Mississippi. A new economic study commissioned by the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) and the Beer Institute shows that 8,527 jobs are impacted by the beer industry in Mississippi and account for $300 million each year in wages and benefits. The beer industry contributes $1.2 billion annually to Mississippi's economy and generates $242 million annually in business, personal and consumption taxes. That's big!