In 2013, Americans drank more than 6.5 billion gallons of beer, which works out to about 27.6 gallons per person. That number has been in decline for some time, but it also can't tell you everything about beer in America. Craft beer has continued to increase its footprint in the States, and beer remains the most popular drink among Americans, according to data provided by 24/7 Wall St. It notes that 43% of Americans prefer beer, while 32% favor wine and 20% cite liquor as their go-to.
Using numbers from Beer Marketer's Insights, 24/7 Wall St. put together data on shipments of beer per capita, a metric commonly used to indicate consumption. That data was compiled on a state-by-state basis to show which states imbibe the most. In 2017, breweries shipped about 26.4 gallons per person in the US. That average isn't representative of every state, with some consuming more than 40 gallons per person and others coming in around 18 gallons per person.