Beer Facts and Statistics for 2024

Last Updated on: January 8th, 2024

Here are a few of the most interesting Beer facts and statistics I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.

Beer is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world. It has a rich history and cultural significance, and has been a staple of human society for thousands of years. From its humble origins as a basic fermented grain beverage, beer has evolved into a complex and diverse drink with many different styles, flavors, and ingredients. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just enjoy a cold one on a hot day, there’s always something new and interesting to learn about this beloved beverage. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most fascinating beer facts and stats and explore the history, science, and culture of this beloved drink.

Fun Beer Facts

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

Annual retail sales for beer in the US:

$34 billion

Annual sales for IPA beers in the US:

$1 billion

Annual value of the U.S. beer market:

$114.2 billion

Total value of the U.S. beer market:

$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:


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


Amount of beer sold by US breweries:

208.6 million barrels of beer (2.9 billion cases)

US beer brewery with highest share of market:

Anheuser Busch Inbev (46.9% of market) followed by Molson Coors (28.4% of market)

Number of beer distributors in the US:

27,182 distributors

Estimated amount that craft breweries contributed to the US economy:

$67.8 billion

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

$27.58 billion

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

27.5gallons per drinking-age adult

US State that consumes the most beer per capita:

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:

800+ licensed breweries

Amount of beer consumed per capita in Canada:

75.5 litres per person

Canadian province with the highest per capita beer consumption:

Newfoundland (93.4 litres per person)

Top country to import beer into Canada:

United States followed by the Netherlands

Amount of beer exported from Europe:

8 billion litres

European country with highest level of beer production:

Germany followed by the United Kingdom

European country with highest level of beer consumption:

Germany followed by the United Kingdom

European country with highest level of beer consumption per capita:

Czech Republic followed by Germany and Austria

European country with lowest level of beer consumption per capita:


European country that imported the most beer:

The United Kingdom followed by France and Germany

European country that exported the most beer:

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:


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:

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:


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

$2 billion

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


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


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


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


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


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The world of beer is a fascinating and ever-evolving realm filled with intriguing facts and figures. From its ancient origins to its massive global market, beer holds a significant place in cultures around the world. The statistics reveal the immense impact of beer on economies, the enduring love for craft brews, and the changing preferences of beer enthusiasts. As the brewing industry continues to thrive and adapt to new trends, one thing remains certain: beer has an enduring allure that brings people together, sparks innovation, and creates unforgettable experiences. So, whether you’re savoring a classic brew or exploring new flavors, raise a glass to the remarkable world of beer and the joy it brings to millions of people worldwide. Cheers!

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. Most of these fun facts come from internet reports and may not be official tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.

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