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Nationwide, beer consumption per capita has declined by roughly 4 percent since 2011. Still, beer is big business in the United States.The beer industry generates $252.6 billion in economic output each year, or about 1.5 percent  of total gross domestic product, according to a study conducted on behalf of the Beer Institute, an organization representing the interests of beer makers and distributors nationwide.

24/7 Wall St. reviewed the volume of beer sold per drinking-age adult in each state to determine the nine states where residents are drinking the most beer. Beer Marketer’s Insights, a company that publishes industry information and news, provided the data.

9. Nebraska
Annual per capita consumption: 34.0 gallons of beer

8. Maine
Annual per capita consumption: 34.1 gallons of beer

7. Nevada
Annual per capita consumption: 34.2 gallons of beer

6. Wisconsin
Annual per capita consumption: 35.7 gallons of beer

5. Vermont
Annual per capita consumption: 35.7 gallons of beer

4. South Dakota
Annual per capita consumption: 38.7 gallons of beer

3. Montana
Annual per capita consumption: 39.7 gallons of beer

2. North Dakota
Annual per capita consumption: 40.0 gallons of beer

1. New Hampshire
Annual per capita consumption: 43.0 gallons of beer

In order to determine the nine states drinking the most beer, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed total gallons of beer distributed in each state per resident 21 and older in 2015 data provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights. We also reviewed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on excessive drinking and alcohol-related death figures and rates. Beer excise tax rates as well as sales tax rates came from the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization. The share of the population living in rural localities came came from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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