Beer Institute Marks Holiday Week by Releasing 2012 State Consumption
DC – If you are reaching into a picnic cooler for an ice cold beer this
Independence Day holiday, you are in good company. More than 99 million
Americans drink beer responsibly, making beer the top choice over wine and hard
liquor for celebrating occasions like the Fourth of July – America’s top
the two weeks ending on July 7, 2012, beer was the largest selling category of
all food and beverage categories in Nielsen measured channels, with sales
reaching $1.36 billion. This year, brewers and beer importers hope to see beer
again be the top choice for Americans celebrating the occasion.
week also marks the release of a new analysis of state-by-state beer consumption data from the Beer Institute, the national trade association representing
America’s brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers. The annual ranking
can be found in its entirety below. The analysis found that the five states
that consumed the most beer per capita in 2012 were:
For the full per capita consumption ranking, please click here.
beer consumption rose 1.5 percent in the United States in 2012 as the economy
began to come back after the recession and above normal winter and spring temperatures
helped boost beer sales. This means that, on average, each American over the
age of 21 drank a little less than one 12 ounce beer per day in 2012. That
equates to about 300 beers per year.
another reason to feel good about drinking a beer in salute to America’s
birthday. The U.S. brewing and beer importing business puts more than two
million Americans to work, from barley farmers to shopkeepers and truck drivers.
And with the taxes levied on all aspects of brewing, importing, trucking and
selling beer, American beer drinkers contribute significantly to local, state
and federal government -- $49 billion in taxes in 2012, according to a recent economic
study. In fact, 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.
“From hops producers to can and bottle makers in
communities across the country, beer is an economic engine that contributes
more than $246 billion to the U.S. economy,” said Joe McClain, president of the
Beer Institute. “As folks raise a beer this July Fourth in backyards, on front
porches and at holiday celebrations, I ask that they salute the millions of
Americans who worked to get that beer from grain to glass.”
more information about the economic impact of beer in the United States,
including state and Congressional district data, please visit www.BeerServesAmerica.org.
Beer Institute, established in 1986, is the national trade association for the
brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as
importers and industry suppliers. The Institute is committed to the development
of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal