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California
3,664,080
Pennsylvania
3,606,444
Colorado
1,529,613
Florida
1,401,142
New York
1,347,435
Ohio
1,334,762
North Carolina
1,296,320
Texas
1,180,393
Oregon
1,012,854
Michigan
903,153
Wisconsin
883,648
Minnesota
644,655
Massachusetts
638,231
Washington
583,097
Georgia
514,414
Illinois
421,809
Missouri
363,383
Maine
361,705
Vermont
345,590
Virginia
344,972
Delaware
317,328
Maryland
301,966
Indiana
266,443
Louisiana
237,721
Connecticut
236,444
Montana
218,547
Alaska
202,797
Tennessee
194,669
Arizona
194,013
Utah
174,323
New Jersey
171,097
New Mexico
144,530
Iowa
141,942
Kentucky
130,940
New Hampshire
117,314
South Carolina
109,987
Idaho
91,819
Nevada
87,469
Hawaii
85,256
Alabama
84,013
Oklahoma
79,747
Rhode Island
65,140
Wyoming
56,403
Nebraska
54,892
Arkansas
46,272
Kansas
45,846
Mississippi
25,257
West Virginia
22,964
North Dakota
21,225
South Dakota
20,843

Beer Production by State 2024

Beer Production by State 2024

The minimum drinking age in the United States is 21 years old and is strictly enforced. The U.S. consumes about 8.7 liters of pure alcohol per person per year. Consumption varies by state, but overall, most of the alcohol is consumed in the form of beer. Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States. It accounts for about 85% of the volume of alcoholic beverages sold annually.

How Beer is Made

There are over 4,000 breweries in the United States, and no two are exactly the same. Breweries are of different sizes with different equipment, methods, and intent. What they all have in common is to turn water, hops, malt, and yeast into beer. The process starts with grains, which can be combined with malt, depending on the recipe. Whole grains will process through a mill or crack open the kernels. The grains are then mixed with and steeped in hot water (over 155℉), which helps process the simple sugars that will later be used to create alcohol.

The resulting sugary liquid from the first step is called wort. The remaining grains, now an oatmeal-like substance, are called mash. The wort is drained and transferred to a brew kettle. The wort is boiled, typically around 90 minutes, and hops are usually added for bitterness, aroma, and taste. When the hops are added depends on that brew’s recipe. For most ales and lagers, after the boil is done, the wort is transferred through a heat exchanger to quickly cool it down before being pumped into a fermentation vessel. Here, yeast is added. Sometimes, the wort will head to a coolship, or koelschip, a shallow tub that exposes the wort to the open air. The wort reacts with ambient yeast to start the brewing process. From the coolship, the liquid is then transferred into a fermentation vessel.

There are two main fermentation vessels: horizontal tanks, typically used for lagers, and conical fermenters, typically used for ales. Conical fermenters stand upright. Yeast is added to the vessels to convert the sugars in the wort to alcohol and release carbon dioxide. Fermentation can last days to weeks. After completion, many beers are filtered to remove any particulates, and some are transferred to write tanks to mature. Before packaging, the beer receives additional carbon dioxide and is packaged into cans, bottles, or kegs. Sometimes additional yeast is added to the packaging. The beer is now ready to drink.

Most Popular Beers in the United States

The most popular beers in the U.S. are non-craft brands. The three most popular beers sold are Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite. Bud Light shipped approximately 27.2 million barrels in 2019, while Coors Light and Miller Light shipped 14 million and 12.2 million, respectively. Of the 25 best-selling beers, only six are imports, and the rest are American brands. Additionally, 18 of the top 25 are under the parent companies Anheuser-Busch or Molson Coors Brewing Company. Bud Light’s parent company is Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Coors Light and Miller Light are both under Molson Coors Brewing Company.

While craft beers aren’t the most popular in the United States, their popularity is significantly increasing in recent years. In 2008, the country’s craft breweries shipped about 9.1 million barrels, increasing to 25.9 million in 2018. Some of the most popular craft breweries are New Belgium Brewing Co. in Fort Collins, Colorado; Boston Beer Co. in Boston, Massachusetts; and Goose Island Brewery in Chicago, Illinois.

Beer Production by State

State
Beer Barrels Produced
California3,664,080
Pennsylvania3,606,444
Colorado1,529,613
Florida1,401,142
New York1,347,435
Ohio1,334,762
North Carolina1,296,320
Texas1,180,393
Oregon1,012,854
Michigan903,153

The number of craft breweries and the amount of beer produced varies significantly between states. California has, by far, the most breweries of any state at 1571, including the well-known Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico. New York is the state with the next most breweries at 762, wi hPennsylvania close behind at 761 breweries. Mississippi and North Dakota have the fewest breweries at 33, followed by West Virginia with 40 and Hawaii with 52.

Beer Production by State 2024

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State
Beer Barrels Produced
Breweries
California3,664,0801,571
Pennsylvania3,606,444761
Colorado1,529,613614
Florida1,401,142571
New York1,347,435762
Ohio1,334,762563
North Carolina1,296,320578
Texas1,180,393618
Oregon1,012,854451
Michigan903,153670
Wisconsin883,648391
Minnesota644,655314
Massachusetts638,231340
Washington583,097692
Georgia514,414234
Illinois421,809436
Missouri363,383249
Maine361,705227
Vermont345,590117
Virginia344,972479
Delaware317,32854
Maryland301,966200
Indiana266,443295
Louisiana237,72175
Connecticut236,444176
Montana218,547139
Alaska202,79775
Tennessee194,669220
Arizona194,013184
Utah174,32361
New Jersey171,097211
New Mexico144,530161
Iowa141,942166
Kentucky130,940138
New Hampshire117,314156
South Carolina109,987164
Idaho91,819129
Nevada87,46972
Hawaii85,25652
Alabama84,01384
Oklahoma79,747102
Rhode Island65,14054
Wyoming56,40359
Nebraska54,89282
Arkansas46,27282
Kansas45,84692
Mississippi25,25733
West Virginia22,96440
North Dakota21,22533
South Dakota20,84364
United States26,324,90714,091
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Beer Production by State 2024