Americans downed about 13.2 million barrels of beer in 2012. I don’t know exactly what that equates to per person, but it sounds like a fun amount. Quick side note: I’m going to start telling people how many barrels of beer I consume instead of cans or bottles. “I feel like shit this morning, guys. I must’ve had damn near a barrel and a half last night.” I think it’ll really set me apart as a guy who takes his beer drinking seriously, and not at all in a pretentious way.
So, which five states carried their weight more than all the others? Yahoo! Finance has the answer. Based on beer consumption per capita, the top five states in the U.S. were:
- North Dakota
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
North Dakota drank about 45.8 gallons of beer per resident 21 and older last year, the institute said.
Does this list surprise you? It’s not exactly a who’s who of American powerhouse states, but it does make some sense. These states strike me as the no frills, blue collar, “Let’s grab some beer and get drunk” type of states, contrary to say…California. Left coasters have way more going on out there, plus they drink a lot of wine and cocktails, one would think.
You may not be surprised to learn why North Dakota is holding down the top spot. Researchers point to North Dakota’s high rate of young, employed males as one reason for their high beer consumption.
Thanks to its oil and gas boom, “North Dakota has a lot of employed young males,” Watson said.
Postgrads drink a lot of beer.
[via Yahoo! Finance]