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Ranked: Which Countries Drink the Most Beer?

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Ranked: Which Countries Drink the Most Beer?

Visualizing Global Beer Consumption

Global beer consumption exceeded 185 million kiloliters in 2021, enough to fill more than 74,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

So, which countries drink the most beer?

This graphic uses data from Kirin Holdings to compare global beer consumption by country. The Japanese company has been tracking beer consumption around the world since 1975.

Which Countries Drink the Most Beer?

Every region in the world increased its overall beer consumption in 2021 compared to 2020, with global consumption rising by 4%.

Asia holds a 31% share of the global beer market, remaining the world’s largest beer-consuming region over the last 14 years.

RankCountryTotal Consumption (thousand kl)Market Share
1🇨🇳 China38,09320.5%
2🇺🇸 U.S. 24,17013.0%
3🇧🇷 Brazil14,5407.8%
4🇷🇺 Russia8,9374.8%
5🇲🇽 Mexico8,6604.7%
6🇩🇪 Germany7,5844.1%
7🇬🇧 United Kingdom4,6082.5%
8🇯🇵 Japan4,1882.3%
9🇻🇳 Vietnam4,1592.2%
10🇪🇸 Spain4,1312.2%

China was the largest beer-consuming country for the 19th consecutive year.

The tradition of brewing and enjoying beer in China spans approximately nine millennia. Recent archaeological discoveries have revealed that as far back as 7000 BC, ancient Chinese communities were engaged in producing beer-like alcoholic beverages, primarily on a small and localized basis.

China was also the leading producer of beer in 2022, followed by the United States.

Beer Consumption Per Capita

When examining per capita beer consumption, Asia falls behind Europe. In fact, nine of the top 10 consumers of beer per capita are European nations.

The Czech Republic remains the leader in per capita beer drinking for the 29th year. In 2021, the average Czech drank more than 184 liters of beer.

RankCountryPer Capita Beer Consumption (volume in liters)Total Consumption (thousand kl)
1🇨🇿 Czech Republic184.11,969
2🇦🇹 Austria98.7888
3🇱🇹 Lithuania96.3260
4🇷🇴 Romania95.61,826
5🇵🇱 Poland94.13,557
6🇪🇪 Estonia91.4119
7🇩🇪 Germany90.47,584
8🇪🇸 Spain88.54,131
9🇳🇦 Namibia85.7223
10🇭🇷 Croatia82.4338

The Czech Republic is known for its affordable beer. In some parts of the country, beer can even cost less than bottled water.

Small Brewers and Technology

Beer production is expected to rise over the next decade, boosted by new smaller brewers, particularly in Western countries.

Investments have also been made in new technology to expedite the brewing process, including the utilization of ‘BeerBots’ capable of accelerating the fermentation process.

According to Future Market Insights, the global beer market is projected to be valued at $690 billion in 2023, rising to $996 billion by 2033.

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Ranked: America’s Most Popular Beers, by Generation

We visualize the results of a YouGov survey that determined the most popular beers among each U.S. generation.

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America’s Most Popular Beers, by Generation

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In this graphic we’ve visualized the most popular beers for each U.S. generation as of Q4 2023, according to a consumer survey conducted by YouGov.

The “popularity” metric represents the % of people who had a positive opinion of that beer. Note that YouGov surveys are conducted with a representative sample of 1,500 respondents.

Overview: Millennials

U.S. millennials appear to favor foreign beers, with the top five spots taken by Dutch (Heineken) or Mexican beers (Modelo, Corona).

BeerPopularity (%)
🇳🇱 Heineken60
🇲🇽 Modelo59
🇲🇽 Corona59
🇲🇽 Corona Extra58
🇲🇽 Corona Light58
🇺🇸 White Claw56
🇮🇪 Guinness55
🇧🇪 Stella Artois55
🇺🇸 Budweiser54
🇺🇸 Miller54

While not exactly a beer, White Claws (which have a similar alcohol content) claimed sixth place. Hard seltzers have become very popular in recent years due to their variety of flavors, attractive packaging, and relatively low amount of carbs and calories.

Overview: Gen X

Gen X also has a strong preference for foreign beers, particularly Guinness (fun fact: Over 31 million Americans claim to be of Irish descent).

BeerPopularity (%)
🇮🇪 Guinness57
🇳🇱 Heineken49
🇲🇽 Corona49
🇲🇽 Modelo47
🇺🇸 Samuel Adams47
🇧🇪 Stella Artois46
🇲🇽 Corona Extra45
🇲🇽 Corona Light44
🇺🇸 Blue Moon43
🇺🇸 Miller41

Two American beers that weren’t on Millennials’ top 10 list are Samuel Adams and Blue Moon.

Samuel Adams is the flagship brand of the Boston Beer Company, named after U.S. Founding Father Samuel Adams. On the other hand, Blue Moon is a Belgian-style witbier brewed by Molson Coors.

Overview: Baby Boomers

Boomers’ top 10 favorite beers are similar to Gen X, with a few key differences. One is the absence of Modelo, which ranked second and fourth for Millennials and Gen X, respectively.

Modelo (which became America’s best-selling beer in 2023) has focused its advertising efforts on sports, which may not reach Boomers as effectively as younger generations.

BeerPopularity (%)
🇮🇪 Guinness49
🇳🇱 Heineken48
🇲🇽 Corona48
🇺🇸 Samuel Adams46
🇺🇸 Coors43
🇺🇸 Miller38
🇺🇸 Michelob Light38
🇺🇸 Miller Lite37
🇲🇽 Dos Equis37
🇧🇪 Stella Artois37

An interesting pick for Boomers is Dos Equis, which is produced by Heineken-owned Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery. The brand gained popularity for its “most interesting man in the world” commercials, which ran from 2006 to 2018.

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