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! 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. 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 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:
Total sales for IPA beers in the US in 2016:
Total value of the U.S. beer market in 2018:
Total value of the U.S. beer market in 2014:
Number of breweries in the US:
Number of homebrewers in the US:
Percentage of US beer sales that come from craft beer sales:
Last updated 1/1/19
Percentage of beer sales in the US that occur during the summer:
Last updated 6/28/18
Amount of beer sold by US breweries in 2014:
US beer brewery with highest share of market:
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