Brewers Almanac 2008

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

  • Ever year, the average person in the U.S. consumes 22 gallons of beer, 2.3 gallons of wine, and 1.4 gallons of spirits.
  • China is the top producer of beer in the world, producing 21% in 2006.
  • The world produced 1.7 billion hectolitres of beer in 2006.
  • The beer industry claims to directly or indirectly account for 1.7 million jobs in the U.S.
  • There are over 1,500 breweries in the U.S. using over 7 billion pounds of materials per year (malt, hops, rice, etc.).
  • Alcohol is 14% of the average U.S. food budget.
  • Includes a table on sales restrictions (e.g. states that can sell in convenience stores, on Sundays, etc.).
  • The average domestic 6 pack costs $4.27.
  • The average imported 6 pack costs $6.78.

Beer Institute, Brewers Almanac 2008,

1 bottle of beer is 12 fluid ounces. 12 fluid ounces is 0.09375 gallons. Therefore, the average person consumes 235 bottles of beer per year. Assuming that most people only drink on the weekends (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), with 52 weeks in a year, that's 156 weekend days, or 1.5 bottles of beer every weekend.

For spirits, there are 1.5 fluid ounces in a shot. There are 128 fluid ounces in a gallon. Therefore, the average person consumes 180 shots of liquor per year. Except when you turn 21, and then it's 200.