National Drink Beer Day - Who Drinks The Most Beer In America?

National Drink Beer Day

According to a Gallup Pole, beer is the preferred alcoholic beverage in the U.S.  The report says that 4 in 10 people drink beer most often.  So how much beer do American's drink? The U.S. Census reports that in 2017, consumers 21 and older consumed 26.9 gallons of beer and cider per person. Roughly 73% of the nation (about 239 million people) are actually of legal drinking age.

Wondering which U.S. states drink the most beer? Here's how the states rank per capita (total gallons consumed, divided by population) or gallons consumed per person, per year:

50. UTAH = 18.7 gallons

49. CONNECTICUT (tied) = 20.2 gallons  

48. MARYLAND (tied) = 20.2 gallons 

47. NEW JERSEY = 20.6 gallons

46. NEW YORK = 21.9 gallons 

45. RHODE ISLAND = 23 gallons

44. INDIANA = 23.4 gallons

43. KENTUCKY (tied) = 23.6 gallons

42. MASSACHUSETTS (tied) = 23.6 gallons 

41. ARKANSAS = 23.7 gallons

40. GEORGIA = 24 gallons 

39. TENNESSEE (tied) 24.4 gallons

38. VIRGINIA (tied) = 24.4 gallons

37. WASHINGTON = 24.7 gallons

36. NORTH CAROLINA = 25 gallons

35. CALIFORNIA (tied) 25.1 gallons

34. OKLAHOMA (tied) 25.1 gallons

33. MICHIGAN = 25.3 gallons

32. KANSAS = 25.7 gallons

31. IDAHO = 25.9 gallons

30. ALASKA = 26 gallons

29. FLORIDA = 26.3 gallons

28. PENNSYLVANIA = 26.4 gallons

27. ARIZONA = 26.6 gallons

26. OHIO = 27.3 gallons

25. ILLINOIS (tied) 27.4 gallons

24. WEST VIRGINIA (tied) 27.4 gallons

23. MISSOURI = 27.7 gallons

22. COLORADO = 28.3 gallons

21. MINNESOTA = 28.4 gallons

20. HAWAII = 28.5 gallons

19. DELAWARE = 28.7 gallons

18. NEW MEXICO = 28.8 gallons

17. ALABAMA = 28.9 gallons

16. WYOMING = 29.5 gallons

15. LOUISIANA = 29.6 gallons

14. OREGON = 30 gallons

13. MISSISSIPPI (tied) 30.9 gallons

12. SOUTH CAROLINA (tied) 30.9 gallons

11. IOWA 31.7 gallons

10. TEXAS = 31.8 gallons

9. VERMONT = 32.8 gallons

8. NEVADA = 32.9 gallons

7. NEBRASKA = 33.3 gallons

6. MAINE = 33.8 gallons

5. WISCONSIN = 34.3 gallons

4. SOUTH DAKOTA = 38.2 gallons

3. NORTH DAKOTA = 38.3 gallons

2. MONTANA = 39.4 gallons 

1. NEW HAMPSHIRE = 40.6 gallons 

Read the entire USA Today article. 

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