The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lifestyle restrictions have changed alcohol consumption habits, including shifting consumer preferences to wine and spirits. But beer is still a favorite alcoholic beverage in the U.S.
The average American adult consumed nearly 26 gallons of beer in 2020, which was about 3.2 gallons less than in 2010 but about the same as in 2016. Beer consumption tends to vary considerably across the country.
To determine the states where people drink the most and least amounts of beer, 24/7 Tempo reviewed annual beer shipment data per capita provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights, a brewing industry trade publisher. We used shipments as a proxy for consumption.
In 2020, beer consumption per capita was the ninth lowest in Kentucky. The average resident drank 23.1 gallons, about 1.3 gallons less than in 2016.
The five-year decline of 5.3% in beer consumption per capita in the state was the 18th smallest decrease in the U.S.
The 10-year change in Kentucky of 6.5% was the 9thsmallest decrease in the country, down from 24.7 gallons in 2010.
There were 6,400 brewing facilities around the U.S. in 2019, producing the equivalent of more than 2.8 billion 24-container cases of 12-ounce cans or bottles, according to a report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Most of the beer people drink does not come from where they might think it does — there are at least 10 “imported” beers that are actually brewed in the U.S.
StateBeer shipment per adult 21+ in 2020 (gallons)5-yr changeRank10-yr changeRankMaryland18.5-11.1%4th largest decrease-22.93rd largest decreaseConnecticut19.8-7.0%18th largest decrease-12.818th largest decreaseUtah19.97.0%the largest increase2.6the largest increaseNew Jersey20.0-6.5%19th largest decrease-13.014th largest decreaseRhode Island20.1-14.5%the largest decrease-26.6the largest decreaseNew York20.2-10.6%6th largest decrease-13.313th largest decreaseMassachusetts21.5-10.8%5th largest decrease-18.66th largest decreaseGeorgia23.0-8.4%10th largest decrease-12.917th largest decreaseKentucky23.1-5.3%18th smallest decrease-6.59thsmallest decreaseWest Virginia23.3-4.5%16th smallest decrease-11.123rd smallest decreaseIndiana23.6-0.8%2nd smallest decrease-12.916th largest decreaseMichigan23.6-8.2%12th largest decrease-14.212th largest decreaseArkansas23.9-1.6%5th smallest decrease-10.522nd smallest decreaseVirginia24.2-4.0%11th smallest decrease-12.323rd largest decreaseTennessee24.2-5.5%19th smallest decrease-9.418th smallest decreaseCalifornia24.7-3.1%8th smallest decrease-7.513th smallest decreasePennsylvania24.9-7.8%14th largest decrease-15.610th largest decreaseIdaho25.0-6.4%20th largest decrease-15.311th largest decreaseOhio25.5-9.9%7th largest decrease-18.57th largest decreaseFlorida25.6-4.8%17th smallest decrease-9.521st smallest decreaseNorth Carolina25.80.4%the smallest increase-6.510th smallest decreaseAlaska26.0-4.4%14th smallest decrease-8.815th smallest decreaseIllinois26.1-7.8%15th largest decrease-12.719th largest decreaseMissouri26.6-7.3%16th largest decrease-16.99th largest decreaseHawaii26.7-12.5%3rd largest decrease-11.924th largest decreaseOklahoma26.83.9%2nd largest increase-6.611th smallest decreaseArizona27.0-0.4%the smallest decrease-12.620th largest decreaseMinnesota27.1-5.9%21st smallest decrease-6.27th smallest decreaseKansas27.43.4%3rd largest increase-5.25th smallest decreaseDelaware27.4-9.9%8th largest decrease-20.64th largest decreaseNew Mexico27.7-4.5%15th smallest decrease-17.68th largest decreaseOregon27.7-9.5%9th largest decrease-11.524th smallest decreaseWashington27.8-1.1%3rd smallest decrease-9.419th smallest decreaseLouisiana28.1-7.3%17th largest decrease-19.35th largest decreaseColorado28.4-1.7%6th smallest decrease-6.912th smallest decreaseAlabama28.7-4.3%12nd smallest decrease-5.96th smallest decreaseNevada28.8-14.3%2nd largest decrease-23.22nd largest decreaseWyoming30.01.7%2nd smallest increase-11.825th largest decreaseIowa30.9-5.5%20th smallest decrease-12.521st largest decreaseNebraska31.3-8.2%11th largest decrease-12.322nd largest decreaseMississippi31.5-2.2%7th smallest decrease-9.017th smallest decreaseTexas32.0-1.5%4th smallest decrease-8.014th smallest decreaseWisconsin32.3-8.0%13th largest decrease-12.915th largest decreaseSouth Carolina32.52.8%4th largest increase-3.32nd smallest decreaseMaine32.5-3.8%9th smallest decrease0.3the smallest increaseVermont33.91.8%3rd smallest increase-3.74th smallest decreaseNorth Dakota37.2-4.4%13th smallest decrease-9.520th smallest decreaseSouth Dakota37.3-3.9%10th smallest decrease-3.43rd smallest decreaseMontana41.02.2%4th smallest increase-1.2the smallest decreaseNew Hampshire41.40.0%no change-6.38th smallest decrease