Here are the more interesting beer facts & statistics I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.
Please note that some of these beer facts are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company/industry tallies. You’ll also note that beer industry statistics are slow to be updated and most 2015 stats have not yet been released. All stats are linked to their source. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.
Beer Facts & Statistics
Earliest known evidence of barley beer:
Percent of all beer consumed in the US that is imported:
Last updated 3/29/16
Total value of the U.S. beer market in 2014:
Number of breweries in the US:
Amount of beer sold by US breweries in 2014:
US beer brewery with highest share of market:
Number of beer distributors in the US (as of 2014):
Total Value of the U.S. Craft Beer Market in 2013:
Total Value of the U.S. Craft Beer Market in 2014:
Amount of beer consumed per person in U.S. in 2014:
Amount of beer consumed per person in U.S. in 2013:
US State that consumed the most beer per capita in 2013:
Amount of beer consumed in Canada in 2014:
Percent of beer consumed in Canada in 2014 that was Canadian beer:
Number of licensed breweries in Canada in 2014:
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Amount of beer consumed per capita in Canada in 2014:
Canadian province with the highest per capita beer consumption:
Top country to import beer into Canada:
Last updated 3/29/16
Amount of beer exported from Europe in 2014:
European country with highest level of beer production in 2014:
European country with highest level of beer consumption in 2014:
European country with highest level of beer consumption per capita in 2014:
European country with lowest level of beer consumption per capita in 2014:
European country that imported the most beer in 2014:
European country that exported the most beer in 2014:
European country with the most active breweries:
The world’s strongest beer (by ABV):
Biggest beer-drinking country in the world:
The country with the most expensive beer:
Most expensive beer in the world:
Year that the Guinness brewery building lease in Dublin, Ireland expires:
U.S. rank among global beer producers in 2013:
Did you know that beer and pot are cousins???
Hops (ingredient in beer) is actually from the same plant family as marijuana.