The Nation’s Biggest Beer Swilling States

Americans enjoy their beer, but some states take their love of the sudsy ale to a whole new level. Guess which state consumes the most beer per capita.

The Nation’s Biggest Beer Swilling States Photo (cc) by David, Bergin, Emmett and Elliott

Although beer consumption has taken a small dip in the United States, many Americans still enjoy cracking open a cold brew, or two.

The share of Americans’ total alcohol intake from beer dropped by nearly 10 percent from 2003 to 2013, while the popularity of wine and spirits has grown, according to 24/7 Wall St. But there are some states where beer continues to fly off shelves.

Using data from Beer Marketer’s Insights, 24/7 Wall St. found that North Dakota residents are tipping back the most beer (43.6 gallons in 2013) per drinking-age adult in the country. At the other end of the beer-drinking spectrum is Utah, where drinking-age residents consumed a modest 19.6 gallons each in 2013.

Low population density was correlated to greater beer consumption rates, 24/7 Wall St. observed:

All but three of the 11 states with the highest beer consumption were less densely populated. [Eric Shepherd, executive editor at Beer Marketer’s Insights] suggested there may be fewer entertainment options in rural areas. Not only that, but beer may also be among a shorter list of available beverage options in rural states compared to more urban states.

According to the report, these are the 10 states that drink the most beer:

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