It’s Labor Day Weekend, which means it’s time to raise a cold can of beer up in honor of the working men and women who keep this country chugging along.

And when you’re raising that can of beer, give a special tip of the hat to the men and women who actually work at the brewery – because their work doesn’t just extend to that delicious beverage in your hand.

According to the Beer Institute, one job inside the brewery supports another 45 jobs in other industries.

We’re talking about farmers and factory workers. We’re talking about truck drivers and tavern owners.

That’s right. Chugging beer this weekend will do more than just quench your thirst. It will also put people to work.

The beer industry employs more than two million Americans, directly and indirectly.

It also contributes nearly $250 billion to America's economy – and generates almost $50 billion in local, state, and federal taxes.

When you think about it that way, drinking beer is actually … patriotic.