SD #4 in the Nation for Beer Swillin’ (H/T – GP)

Just think how much of this beer drinking is Old Mil Light since they can’t afford Budweiser on their minimum wage jobs?

This week also marks the release of a new analysis of state-by-state beer consumption data from the Beer Institute, the national trade association representing America’s brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers. The annual ranking can be found in its entirety below. The analysis found that the five states that consumed the most beer per capita in 2012 were:

North Dakota – 45.8 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

New Hampshire  – 43.9 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

Montana – 41.0 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

South Dakota – 38.9 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

Wisconsin – 36.2 gallons of beer consumed per person in 2012

For the full per capita consumption ranking, please click here.


#1 Craig on 07.08.13 at 11:50 am

I know this probably isn’t politically correct, but I’d be curious what the numbers would be if you excluded reservations.

For example, White Clay liquor stores sell 4,000,000 cans of beer annually (11,000 cans every single day) primarily to residents of Pine Ridge, and that is just one such example.

Of course it depends upon how they calculate these numbers. Do they base them upon the point of purchase or the area where the beer is consumed, because if they base it upon where it is purchased Nebraska’s consumption figures are artificially inflated from sales that originate in White Clay, just as South Dakota’s figures are under-reported.

#2 pathloss on 07.08.13 at 2:33 pm

Brookings came in 4th this year in top ten small cities. Sioux Falls was once number one with Money magazine. It should now be number one for corruption and civil liberty infringement.

#3 Anthony D. Renli on 07.08.13 at 3:00 pm

Pathloss- What, exactly, does that have to do with the fact that South Dakota drinks a lot of beer? Really? I’m trying to stretch to see your point…I really am, but what is it?

#4 Detroit Lewis on 07.08.13 at 3:36 pm

He probably has the wrong thread, wait, he says that on every thread 🙂

#5 Big Guy on 07.08.13 at 6:28 pm

I proudly am one of the contributors to beer drinking.

Toss me a Bud Light with tomato juice!

#6 scott on 07.08.13 at 7:34 pm

There should be a “huethered” picture to go along with this.

#7 Poly43 on 07.08.13 at 9:16 pm

I would like to see these numbers broken down by quarters of a year. diamond jim can tell you without a doubt his beer sales in the 3 months of summer are ten times what they are the other nine months of the year combined.

#8 Lemming on 07.08.13 at 10:49 pm

I would attribute this to a lot of Cheers fans? One of my favorites was Cliffy talking to Norm about why we drink beer: The Buffalo Theory

A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it’s the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.

#9 Poly43 on 07.09.13 at 7:42 am

#10 l3wis on 07.10.13 at 12:10 am

Lemming. Hilarious. I used to watch Cheers when it was an ‘actual’ show. Then in HS, my friends started watching reruns, and thought they were ‘cool’ I just shook my head. Woody is still my favorite character.