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Which US State Drinks the Most Beer?

Which US State Drinks the Most Beer?

July 11, 2013 15

Alright America, which state has the biggest drinkers in the nation?  The Beer Institute, an organization that actually acts in the interest of beer before Congress, recently released a study that calculated the amount of beer consumed in each state for 2012. You can see the full list with all the numbers here, but the top ten states for beer consumption per capita are as follows:

10. Maine: 34.0 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

9. Texas: 34.4 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

8. Nebraska: 35.2 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

7. Vermont: 35.3 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

6. Nevada: 35.8 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

5. Wisconsin: 36.2 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

4. South Dakota: 38.9 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

3. Montana: 41.0 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

2. New Hampshire: 43.9 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

1. North Dakota: 45.8 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

So if your state is on the list go celebrate with a drink. If your state is not on the list, go get a drink, you have some catching up to do!

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  1. pm1933 July 10, 2013 at 7:32 am - Reply

    As much as I hate to admit it, well done WI. With a population of around 5.6 million to the combined populations of the top four of around 4 million, you’re a bunch of drunks! Minnesota has no excuse not to be in the top 10 with something like 5.3 million.

  2. Thisguy July 28, 2013 at 11:29 am - Reply

    per cap·i·ta
    /pər ˈkapitə/
    For each person; in relation to people taken individually.
    per head
    Population is taken out of the equation.

  3. Josh August 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Its impossible that Nevada isn’t number one. Does anybody honestly have a clue how many bars and liquor stores there are. If Nevada doesn’t drink the most beer the only reason is that because most people are drinking hard.

  4. Mumbler November 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Oh come on, they cut #1 off the map!

  5. DrunkinND November 10, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Josh, Nevada doesn’t have the most bars per capita. North Dakota does and Nebraska has the most liquor stores per capita. Now if we talk about casinos, that might be a different story!

  6. Becca Braton November 11, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Y\’all are just jealous!! Nodak drinkers go hard!!

  7. Derek November 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    If you knew how much beer is drank in North Dakota you would piss your pants and pass out. Other states can\’t hang with the big dogs! 640k people in our state! Alllll drunks

  8. Dylan Bosch November 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Josh, You obviously have never been to North Dakota.. And lucky for you! The Winter’s are so brutal that people live at the bar. There is absolutely nothing else to do, but drink. They sell tap beer for pennies. North Dakota has been known for being the Drunkest State in the U.S. long before this list was made. But you are right, People here are drinking hard. 10 more gallons harder then Nevada.

  9. Forrest Ross November 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    With songs like Seeing Double at the Triple Rock, bands like Trampled By Turtles, our frigid winters, and the drinking habits of my friends and I. Minnesota should STILL be in the top 10.

  10. Chris November 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    ^ just guessing you haven’t lived in ND.. I am disappointed when I have to put my beer down to breath.

  11. Tony November 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Good Old Nodak!!! Number 1!! All there is to do there is play hockey and drink!

  12. Alex November 16, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    probably a little untrue as far as the Dakotas. the infamous Sturgis Bike Week and bikers pilgrimmage to the two states all summer long. the amount of alcohol that 750K visitors specifically there to consume alcohol probably consume would be massive, so that per capita would be skewed excessively compared to actual state citizens.

    • John November 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      Sturgis Bike Week is in South Dakota only, not in North Dakota. Plus South Dakota has a lot more tourism since they have more things to see and do , like Mt. Rushmore and the surrounding area, world class pheasant hunting, mild winters and “The Corn Palace”, a must see. They should be kicking our butts. We drink all that beer all by ourselves and strangely, seem to be very proud of that fact. Go Sam Adams!!!
      Bottoms up Dude…Ahhh…refeshing. Burrrp!

    • notquitesure November 21, 2013 at 6:15 am - Reply

      Sturgis is in south dakota.. not in north dakota

  13. Lea Pea November 20, 2013 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I have lived in North Dakoters for a hella long time, I have bartended at the Empire Tavern for Almost six years and I can tell you when you cant go outside for more than twenty minutes without dieing of hypothermia, you had better believe that your gonna have a winter bender, Most of our patrons drink every single day and I dont blame em. were freezing up here, send us a biodome to put over our city or maybe some extra space heaters.

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