45 Beer Facts and Statistics (2020) | By the Numbers



beer facts and statistics

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.

It is safe to say that beer is one of the most popular drinks of all time. It is easily one of the most-consumed drinks in the world trailing only water and tea. It is a drink that has been around for roughly 5,000 years, making it the oldest alcoholic drink and one of the oldest drinks in total. With a history as long and rich as beer has had, it only makes sense that there is plenty to measure about it.

I recently sat down to see what I could dig up for you in terms of facts about beer. There are plenty!

Beer Facts and Statistics

Earliest known evidence of barley beer:

3500-3100 BC in Western Iran


Percent of all beer consumed in the US that is imported:

over 13% of all beer in the US is imported

Last updated 3/29/16


Total retail sales for beer in the US in 2016:

$34 billion


Total sales for IPA beers in the US in 2016:

$1 billion


Total value of the U.S. beer market in 2018:

$114.2 billion


Total value of the U.S. beer market in 2014:

$101.5 billion


Number of breweries in the US:

more than 6,000


Number of homebrewers in the US:

1.1 million


Percentage of US beer sales that come from craft beer sales:

24%

Last updated 1/1/19


Percentage of beer sales in the US that occur during the summer:

40%

Last updated 6/28/18


Amount of beer sold by US breweries in 2014:

206 million barrels of beer (2.8 billion cases)


US beer brewery with highest share of market:

Anheuser Busch Inbev (44.2% of market) followed by Miller Coors (26% of market)


Number of beer distributors in the US (as of 2014):

27,182 distributors


Estimated amount that craft breweries contributed to the US economy in 2016:

$67.8 billion


Total Value of the U.S. Craft Beer Market in 2013:

$14.3 billion


Total Value of the U.S. Craft Beer Market in 2014:

$19.6 billion


Total Value of the U.S. Craft Beer Market in 2018:

$27.58 billion


Amount of beer consumed per person in U.S. in 2014:

27.5gallons per drinking-age adult


Amount of beer consumed per person in U.S. in 2013:

27.6 gallons per drinking-age adult


US State that consumed the most beer per capita in 2013:

North Dakota (43.3 gallons of beer per drinking-age adult)


Amount of beer consumed in Canada in 2014:

22 million hectolitres


Percent of beer consumed in Canada in 2014 that was Canadian beer:

84% of beer consumed in Canada


Number of licensed breweries in Canada in 2014:

520 licensed breweries


Amount of beer consumed per capita in Canada in 2014:

63.35 litres per person


Canadian province with the highest per capita beer consumption:

Newfoundland (79.93 litres per person)


Top country to import beer into Canada:

United States followed by the Netherlands

Last updated 3/29/16


Amount of beer exported from Europe in 2014:

8 billion litres


European country with highest level of beer production in 2014:

Germany followed by the United Kingdom


European country with highest level of beer consumption in 2014:

Germany followed by the United Kingdom


European country with highest level of beer consumption per capita in 2014:

Czech Republic followed by Germany and Austria


European country with lowest level of beer consumption per capita in 2014:

Turkey


European country that imported the most beer in 2014:

The United Kingdom followed by France and Germany


European country that exported the most beer in 2014:

Germany followed by the Netherlands and Belgium


European country with the most active breweries:

The United Kingdom


The world's strongest beer (by ABV):

Snake Venom by Brewmeister (67.5% ABV)


Biggest beer-drinking country in the world:

Czech Republic (almost 40 gallons per year)


The country with the most expensive beer:

Iran


Most expensive beer in the world:

Vielle Bon Secours @ $1,000/bottle


Year that the Guinness brewery building lease in Dublin, Ireland expires:

The year 10,759 (yes, Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease in 1759)


U.S. rank among global beer producers in 2013:

2nd w/224 million hectoliters produced


Did you know that beer and pot are cousins??? 

Hops (ingredient in beer) is actually from the same plant family as marijuana.


Reported percentage of beer drinkers in the US that have substituted cannabis for beer or would if it was legal in their state:

27%

Last updated 3/13/17


Estimated amount of revenue the US beer industry could loose due to the legalization of marijuana:

$2 billion

Last updated 3/13/17


Percentage of US millennials that say it is a great time to be a beer lover:

95%

Last updated 4/7/16


Percentage of regular US beer drinkers that say their favorite beer change with the season:

40%

Last updated 4/7/16


Percentage of regular US beer drinkers that say they are fans of local beers:

64%

Last updated 4/7/16


Percentage of regular US craft beer drinkers that say they are fans of local beers:

86%

Last updated 4/7/16


Percentage of US alcohol drinkers that say they most often drink beer:

43%

Last updated 8/9/17