2011 Top Beer Consumption States Per Capita

By Jim Cohen | June 26, 2011 | 3 Comments |
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Who loves their beer the most? Across the country, craft beer is exploding – we’ve all seen the news and major craft breweries like Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, and Yuengling. Well, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is America – how much do you really love beer?

The obvious answers that we may all think about (Colorado, California, and Texas) do not rank amongst the top. Remember this is per resident, how much alcohol is purchased (and specifically by the population that is 21+). Based on that sentiment, according to the Beer Institute, an industry lobbying group in Washington D.C., New Hampshire has the highest beer sales per person in the United States.

New Hampshire houses 17 breweries, including an 865,000-square-foot Anheuser-Busch facility in Merrimack. In 2010, an average of 32.7 gallons of beer, the equivalent of nearly 350 12-ounce cans, was sold per legal drinking-age person in New Hampshire.

The overall rate for the rest of the country was 20.7 gallons. New Hampshire clocked in ~58% higher than the national average.

The typical rule is the colder the state is the more beer they sell. However, the Summer is the peak selling season for beer.

"The bulk of our sales are in the summer," said Andy Schwartz, brewer at Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth. "When the long winters end, we come out to play and try to maximize our summers."

New Hampshire also has the highest rate of alcohol use, 63.1%, compared with a U.S. rate of 51.4 percent, according to the most recent survey by the Health and Human Services Department. Utah, on the other hand, has the lowest rate of 27.8%.

Following New Hampshire is Montana, with per-capita beer sales of 30.5 gallons, North Dakota at 29.8 gallons, South Dakota at 27.5 gallons, and Nevada at 26.8 gallons. Utah had the lowest consumption rate, 12.4 gallons per person, followed by Connecticut at 16.2 gallons, New York at 16.5 gallons, and New Jersey at 16.8 gallons.

Want to see the full list? Scroll down to page 8 to see the data from 2010.

Your Choice. Your Beer. Drink Up.
- Beer Universe



3 Comments · 2011 Top Beer Consumption States Per Capita

  • Great post! The link is telling, because California is still l#1 in overall volume consumption with Texas close behind.

  • I don't think its a very accurate survey at all. The top three just happen to be canada border states and canada has extremely high alcohol taxes. New Hampshire also has 0% tax on everything, so the reason they are so high on the list isn't because of residents, but because of people jumping borders to purchase at high discount. I was just up in New Hampshire, I've never seen so many cars from Quebec at the beer stores.

  • For poster one yes California and Texas consume the most total but the list should is per capita not for overal population. For poster two, the alcohol cunsumption in these states in fact has nothing to do with taxes it has more to do with the fact that those or some of the highest income states in the United states and that there is simply nothing else to do then to go get shit faced for fun.

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