Top Beer-Drinking States: July 4th Sales To Exceed $1 Billion, Where Does Your State Rank?
The Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday according to the Beer Institute, which says that beer sales could reach $1 billion this July 4th. Last year, in the two weeks ending just after Independence Day on July 7, beer was the biggest seller in all food and beverage categories.
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The Beer Institute has ranked the states in order of how much beer they consumed per capita in 2012. Coming in at number one is North Dakota, with annual beer drinking coming in at a whopping 45.8 gallons per person. Last in the list is Utah--not so surprising, given its large non-drinking Mormon population -- with a per-person beer drinking of 20.2 gallons.
Right there in the middle of the list, at 32, is Washington D.C., which gets its own ranking (thus making the list go up to 51). So whatever you think of the government, at least heavy beer drinking doesn't seem to be affecting their performance. (Looks like those Washington bigwigs, unsurprisingly, are more into fancy whiskies anyway -- a 2009 National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism report ranks D.C. as the second-highest per capita consumer of spirits.)
According to the Beer Institute, beer drinking rose 1.5 percent in the U.S. last year, which they credit with the economy improving combined with warm winter and spring temperatures. On average, each American over the legal drinking age consumed a little less than one beer a day in 2012, or about 300 beers for the whole year.
Below, see where your state ranks in terms of beer drinking. For more detailed information on the beer drinking rankings, click here for a Beer Institute PDF. And if you're one America's 99 million beer drinkers, remember to enjoy your Fourth of July responsibly!
RANK OF BEER-DRINKING STATES IN 2012
1. North Dakota
2. New Hampshire
4. South Dakota
16. South Carolina
17. New Mexico
21. West Virginia
32. District of Columbia
35. North Carolina
39. Rhode Island
48. New York
49. New Jersey
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