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American Whiskey Took Over the World in 2014

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In case you've been hiding under a rock with a vodka bar in it, whiskey is officially America's favorite spirit, and -- according to new 2014 data from the Distilled Spirits Council -- it's leading the charge in the popularity of American drinks worldwide. Exports of our nation's booze are up 3.7% to an estimated $1.56 billion, and bourbon whiskey continues to gain ground on international soil by finding its way into the hearts and stomachs of spirits-lovers worldwide. In fact, it now accounts for almost 70% of all our hard liquor exports.

That isn't to say that it doesn't have firm footing within the country, too; the total volume of bourbon produced in America has continued to climb higher and higher, up 7.4% to 19 million cases' worth of the stuff. Apparently, new innovations in flavored-booze technology are piquing the interest of some newly minted whiskey drinkers, and flavored booze overall (whiskey, rum, and vodka) has shot up by 1.9 million cases in volume. Fireball shots all around!

All this popularity is coming at the expense -- at least partially -- of beer, which has been steadily ceding market share to spirits for the last five years. So the next time you're at a bar, just order a Boilermaker -- that way, everyone wins!

Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and is proud to have done his part to contribute to whiskey's consumption figures. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.