Montana: Second ‘Biggest Beer Drinker’

By Beacon Staff

Bloomberg Businessweek decided to rank the biggest per-capita beer markets in the country this month and found that Montana ranked No. 2. In 2010, according to the study, 30.5 gallons of beer were sold for every legal drinking-age resident in the state. That’s a lot of beer. From the report:

Montana has 30 brewers, according to the Beer Institute – that’s far fewer than states such as California, which has 318, but it’s plenty per capita for a place with only 989,415 people. Montana brewers manufacture more than 75,000 barrels of beer each year, according to the Montana Brewers Association.

New Hampshire sells the most beer in the country – 32.7 gallons per capita, a full 10 gallons more than the national average. Part of that high number can be attributed to cross-border sales.

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