As quoted by the great beer-drinking philosopher of our generation, Homer J. Simpson, “It’s the cause of and solution to all life’s problems!” Yes, we are talking about the beloved brew that has been around for almost 5,000 years. And although it may not be the cause or solution to any of our problems, it is a drink that we all know, love, and enjoy (responsibly, of course).
These top beer guzzling states are proof that beer holds a special place in their hearts! Find out who made the cut!
Annual per capita consumption: 33.2 gallons. The average Texas resident 21 years and over consumed 33.2 gallons of beer in 2013, placing them at a tie for the 10th highest beer consumption nationwide.
Annual per capita consumption: 33.2 gallons. Nationwide, most drinkers preferred canned beer and Mississippians were no exception – with canned beer accounting for nearly 58% of consumption.
Annual per capita consumption: 34.1 gallons. Interestingly, more than 19% of Nebraska residents rated their general health as excellent.
Annual per capita consumption: 34.8 gallons. Unlike all but six other states, beer consumption increased in Maine since 2009.
Annual per capita consumption: 34.9 gallons. Drinkers in this state preferred bottled beer more than their peers in other states, with bottled beer accounting for 42.6% of all beer consumption
Annual per capita consumption: 35.8 gallon. Beer consumption fell in the nation by roughly 9.4% between 2003 and 2013. The trend in Wisconsin was no different, with alcohol consumption from beer falling by 7.5% over the same period.
Annual per capita consumption: 35.9 gallons. Despite the high per capita beer consumption, nearly 22% of residents reported excellent health (placing them at the fourth highest state in this measurement).
4. South Dakota
Annual per capita consumption: 38.2 gallons. Living in sparsely populated areas seems to increase the likelihood of beer consumption as most of the states that drank the most beer also had below average population densities.
Annual per capita consumption: 40.5 gallons. Montana’s drinking-age residents consumed an average of 40.5 gallons of beer per person annually.
2. New Hampshire
Annual per capita consumption: 42.2 gallons. New Hampshire’s beer consumption was the highest in the nation in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Nearly 22% of residents reported excellent health, the fifth highest percentage nationwide
1. North Dakota
Annual per capita consumption: 43.6 gallons. North Dakota led the nation for beer drinking, with each drinking-age resident consuming 43.6 gallons in 2013 on average.