Texas Ranks Ninth in Beer Consumption

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The Beer Institute (BI) released data on your drinking habits. (Yes, they're watching you. Always watching you). In an annual state-by-state analysis, the BI found that overall beer consumption in the U.S. rose 1.5 percent in 2012, pointing to "above normal winter and spring temperatures" as the culprit to the boost in beer sells.

Here are some interesting points from the study:

• On average, each legal-aged drinker in the U.S. "drank a little less than one 12-ounce beer per day in 2012. That equates to about 300 beers per year."

• The brewing business employs more than two million Americans from barley farmers to retailers to delivery drivers.

• If you partake in any activities associated with beer, you're also doing your part to keep the lights on in this great country. The beer industry contributed $49 million to the tax coffers in 2012.

• The report goes on to point out that "more than 40 percent of the retail cost of beer paid by consumers goes toward taxes, on a national average, making taxes the most expensive ingredient in beer."

• One last number: Joe McClain, president of the Beer Institute, said that in total beer contributes more than$246 billion to the U.S. economy.

The B.I. also broke out beer sells per state.

North Dakota ranks first in consumption per capita with a dizzying 45.8 gallons of beer per person a year. That's about a gallon a week. New Hampshire is second in consumption at almost 44 gallons per person. The leanest states are Connecticut and Utah at around 20 gallons per capita per year.

Texas just barely broke the top 10, coming in ninth in total consumption per capita, with an average of 34.4 gallons. In all, Texans consume a total of 17,934,667 gallons of beer a year.

Below is the top 10 for consumption:
1. North Dakota
2. New Hampshire
3. Montana
4. South Dakota
5. Wisconsin
6. Nevada
7. Vermont
8. Nebraska
9. Texas
10. Maine

Bottom 10:
51. (D.C. is included in rankings, thus 51) Utah
50. Connecticut
49. New Jersey
48. New York
47. Maryland
46. Kentucky
45. Washington
44. California
43. Georgia
42. Indiana

The kids at Wisconsin News got busy with the numbers and whipped out this interactive map that's fun to tinker with.

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Thanks for paying my taxes. I'll just ride my bike.


Come on Texans!  We can't allow those damn yankees top us in beer consumption.  But don't stop drinking the tequila.

Sotiredofitall topcommenter

"Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy?"   Don't care if Old Ben really said it or not; it's still true.


Iff'n I have didn't dat beera, I wouldn't have done the yard today....3 Shiner's  and 3 Budweiser's,  perfect summer compliments!  The only break I took in the 2 hour excursion was to cook lunch for the Kergie kid; he loves that Chix Parm-atttt's my boy.

Alejandro Monjaras
Alejandro Monjaras

Wow I'm shocked how low that is considering texas has the second largest population. Everything's not bigger in Texas lol

Austin Sandlin
Austin Sandlin

Seriously Dallas Observer I love your articles but you need a real editor to review articles before they are published. I swear the grammatical and spelling errors kill a little piece inside me every time I read one of your blogs or articles.

Gregor Yan Derson
Gregor Yan Derson

And this affects us how? C'mon, DO, there are bigger stories than this happening today, , ,


I excite to drink beer tonight! Hope I won't be disapoint.


@Gregor Yan Derson 

Don't poke the bull; when you poke the bull you have someone run off a story like a car in a high school parking lot.......DON'T POKE THE BULL!

ps-Besides, this story is relevant and is written by the LDD, which makes it goodness. 


@Gregor Yan Derson 

Yet you read it and took the time to comment.


Coulda been more words about food trucks...and yet it was about the greatest invention of all mankind..and yet Gregor the grenis took offense.  Without beer ugly people would never make sweet sweet love!

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