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Sexy Data: 2010 Beer Consumption by State


UPDATE: I Removed all the production data from this post, as it was wr…wr…wr..not quite accurate.  Apparently the author of this post confused “shipments” of beer with “production” of beer.  What a moron!  Thanks to Billy Broas for cracking the case! The consumption data is still good though and I think quite interesting.

 

I just came across the Beer Institute’s data for 2010 showing, among many other things,  per capita beer consumption by state in 2010.  As always, there’s some interesting stuff to discover. 

New Hampshire tops the list, which I found surprising, but it’s no shock to see Utah all the way on the bottom.  Those Mormons are no fun!

I’d also expect Alaska to be higher (what else is there to do there but drink?), but it’s in 37th place.  And while California has the most breweries in America, they only come in at number 45 below.  they must be drinking wine.

Here’s how the 50 states and the District of Colombia ranked for beer consumption in 2010 (figures are in gallons per average adult):

1.     NEW HAMPSHIRE

32.7

2.     MONTANA

30.5

3.     NORTH DAKOTA

29.8

4.     SOUTH DAKOTA

27.5

5.     NEVADA

26.8

6.     WISCONSIN

26.3

7.     VERMONT

26.2

8.     IOWA

25.4

9.     DELAWARE

25.4

10.  NEBRASKA

25.2

11.  LOUISIANA

24.7

12.  WYOMING

24.4

13.  SOUTH CAROLINA

24.2

14.  MISSISSIPPI

24.2

15.  MAINE

24.2

16.  TEXAS

23.9

17.  NEW MEXICO

23.7

18.  MISSOURI

23.1

19.  WEST VIRGINIA

23.0

20.  OREGON

22.7

21.  OHIO

22.5

22.  HAWAII

22.4

23.  ARIZONA

22.0

24.  COLORADO

22.0

25.  ALABAMA

21.9

26.  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

21.7

27.  PENNSYLVANIA

21.7

28.  ILLINOIS

21.4

29.  FLORIDA

21.0

30.  MINNESOTA

20.6

31.  KANSAS

20.5

32.  OKLAHOMA

20.4

33.  VIRGINIA

20.1

34.  IDAHO

20.1

35.  RHODE ISLAND

20.0

36.  NORTH CAROLINA

19.9

37.  ALASKA

19.8

38.  MICHIGAN

19.8

39.  MASSACHUSETTS

19.5

40.  INDIANA

19.1

41.  WASHINGTON

19.1

42.  ARKANSAS

19.1

43.  TENNESSEE

19.0

44.  GEORGIA

18.4

45.  CALIFORNIA

18.4

46.  KENTUCKY

17.9

47.  MARYLAND

17.4

48.  NEW JERSEY

16.8

49.  NEW YORK

16.5

50.  CONNECTICUT

16.2

51.  UTAH

12.4

There’s more data where this came from.  Click here for an Excel version of the 2011 Brewer’s Almanac, or visit the Research page of their website here.

How does your state rank?

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21 Comments on “Sexy Data: 2010 Beer Consumption by State”

  1. Fred Colby
    October 11, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    Some one is doing some Funky math Idaho only has 22 breweries the largest produces 7000 -8000 BBl a year they have us making over a million BBLs I THINK NOT

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Hmmm…macro factories out there, Fred?

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      Turns out you’re right and I’m a moron.

      I find neither of those two things shocking.

  2. October 11, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Poorly. Colorado ranks poorly on this list. I can’t believe South Carolina is out-producing Colorado. Do they have a ton of macro-breweries there?

    Also, I spent a good minute trying to figure out the color-coding on your map.

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:13 am #

      I have a hard time believing that most of those states produce more than Colorado. Macros could account for some, but Colorado has those as well.

      • October 11, 2011 at 11:16 am #

        I agree – it is weird to see Arizona on the list above Colorado, but these numbers are from the brewers themselves. Maybe there are satellite breweries to consider here.

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      Turns out I’ve spent over half my life in a yellow states – who knew?!

      And I agree about Colorado. Perhaps it’s due to satellite macro breweries. New Jersey for instance doesn’t have a robust craft brewing scene, but there’s an huge Budweiser (and now Rolling Rock) plant next to the airport that probably accounts for most of the 4.7 million barrels we produced in 2010.

      • October 11, 2011 at 11:26 am #

        I don’t think this is production. The spreadsheet calls it “shipments”, and this press release says that CO produced 23.3 million barrels in 2006, whereas their shipments were 3.5 million according to the spreadsheet: http://www.beerinstitute.org/tier.asp?nid=318&archiveyear=2007&bid=102.

        • October 11, 2011 at 11:30 am #

          That’s more like it!

        • October 11, 2011 at 11:42 am #

          You’re right, and I’m wr..wr..wr..uhh..not.

          I’ve nixed the “production” data from the post entirely and threw you a link in the update paragraph at the top of the post.

          Nicely done, Billy!

  3. Evan
    October 11, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    And I don’t see how Alaska ranks below places like North Dakota. Alaska has quite a lot of breweries, including one pretty substantial regional craft brewery. What does ND have?

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:43 am #

      My bad…the production numbers were actually “shipment” numbers, so the data wasn’t accurate as I portrayed it.

      I’m willing to refund the entirety of your subscription fee to the site because of the error… 🙂

  4. October 11, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I’m doing my best to boost the California numbers. We do drink a lot of wine out here and I don’t have any data to back this up, but I would guess we have more health conscious consumers that perceive beer at as a “get you fat” beverage. I calculated my consumption a couple months ago and posted it on Google+:

    If, on average, I consume 2 beers/weekday and 3 beers/weekend at an average of 14oz a beer (12oz in a bottle, 16oz in my draft pour) then I consume approximately 11,680oz of beer a year. That equals 91.25 gallons of beer a year. I’m going to say that’s a conservative estimate. It sounds so “you have a problem” when you state it in gallons!

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      I too, an efforting to make New Jersey more Wisconsin-like, but I’m only one man…

  5. October 11, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Well, among the Mid-Atlantic States, poor ol’ MD (at 17.4 gals.) is lookin’ pretty wimpy for consumption (a whole 8 gallons below DE–unbelievable!). But at least we’re ahead of NJ–sorry Jim–by about half a gallon.

    VT is a surprise to me since they brew some damn fine craft beers up there.

    VA and WV are a bit of a surprise, since they host a combo of a large percentage of conservative Christians and a thriving underground market in Corn Squeezin’s/Apple Jack. Must be all those transplants near DC that throw the VA numbers off.

    WI, at 26.3 gals., I can believe, but my born-to state of IL at 21.4 shud be a lot higher. I can still picture the plentiful bars–one or two at every intersection–in 1950’s era Chicago as well the overwhelming number of blue collar workers who frequented them–most drinking boiler makers or shot & a beer (Jim Beam w/ Hamms or Old Style).

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      We’re too busy drinking antifreeze and eating razor blades to bother drinking beer, Massugu! We’re manly men!

  6. October 11, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Just doing what any proud Colorado beer drinker would do! Good post guys.

    • October 11, 2011 at 11:46 am #

      Yeah, I’ve learned that you don’t mess with Colorado when it comes to beer!!

  7. October 11, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Solid work for New Hampshire, I’ll do my best to keep our stats up

  8. Don
    October 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    Oh no! I’m doomed! Turns out I’ve lived in BLUE states over half my life. All of a sudden I want to pay more taxes, help!

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