National Beer Day: How Beer Gets the Economy in High Spirits

Every year, Americans consume copious amounts of beer. While per capita consumption has been holding steady, the number of people of legal drinking age has increased, and imports are up, as well as domestic production. Here's a more detailed look at the beer economy:

How much beer does America drink?

Recent data from the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) shows that last year, out of all alcohol consumed per capita by the more than 237 million Americans of legal drinking age, nearly half was beer. Americans consumed 2.86 billion cases of beers last year. Statistically speaking, every person of drinking age in the country accounted for nearly 2.5 gallons of alcohol, of which 1.24 gallons was for beer, 0.39 gallons was for wine and 0.87 gallons was for hard liquor.

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