MAP: The States That Drink the Most Beer in America


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America loves beer. We reportedly drink nearly 7 billion gallons of the stuff annually.

How and where we consume, however, varies significantly by state. To get to the bottom of this phenomenon, VinePair culled data from 24/7 Wall St. to see what states drink the most beer. We spent hours poring over the results.

In some instances, legal or administrative precedents drive trends — and statistical aberrations.

According to the data, tiny New Hampshire consumes the most beer per capita. What gives? New England winters are cold, yes, but other factors are at work here. The Granite State doesn’t tax alcohol, making it a magnet for thirsty residents of Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and other neighboring states.

The states drinking the most and least beer might surprise you. To make sense of it all, we broke the data into color-coded maps and straightforward charts.

The States That Drink The Most Beer Per Capita

New Hampshire notwithstanding, Big Sky Country topped this ranking. Residents of Montana, and North and South Dakota, consume nearly 40 gallons of beer per person each year.

The States That Drink The Most Beer Per Capita 2017

The States That Drink The Most Beer Overall

Large states like California and Texas led this category, with hard-living Floridians taking the bronze. Ohio and North Carolina, two relatively sparsely populated states, also cracked the top 10. We wonder if either state’s academic population might be able to shed some light on that.

The States That Drink The Most Beer Overall 2017

Ranking The States

Rank State Gallons Per Capita
1 New Hampshire 40.6
2 Montana 39.4
3 North Dakota 38.3
4 South Dakota 38.2
5 Wisconsin 34.3
6 Maine 33.8
7 Nebraska 33.3
8 Nevada 32.9
9 Vermont 32.8
10 Texas 31.8

Looking at things from the perspective of total gallons of beer consumed, the data largely mirrors population ranks.

Rank State Gallons Overall
1 California 724.9M
2 Texas 626.3M
3 Florida 423.1M
4 New York 327.5M
5 Illinois 259.4M
6 Pennsylvania 254.1M
7 Ohio 234.7M
8 North Carolina 188M
8 Michigan 186.7M
10 Georgia 179.6M

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