How Popular is Beer?

Tis the season for beer festivals and the like. My personal favorite is Oktoberfest. I like the German food. Turns out that beer is very popular not only in the U.S. and Europe, but all around the world.

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea.

That according to the The Barbarian’s Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe

The United States continues to be a leader in beer consumption by total volume second only to China. Way to go China! However, The United States is way down at number 16 in gallons consumed per capita, which is about 20 gallons per person annually. #Slippin

More than 2,100 breweries in the United States produced 196 million barrels in 2009. More on import and export of beer in the image below.


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