The bulk of the states with the highest beer intake reside in the Upper Midwest and Montana. Though, there are exceptions. New Hampshire takes the top spot. Its ranking is likely influenced by its non-existent alcohol tax. The state's liquor commission estimates that up to half of New Hampshire's alcohol sales might be purchased by residents of neighboring states looking to save money, reports Food & Wine.
Other states may have their rank influenced by similar situations. Up until July 2017, Minnesota didn't allow liquor sales on Sundays, which undoubtedly drove Sunday sales in neighboring states.
At the other end of the spectrum, Utah consumes the least alcohol at 18.7 gallons per person. There are a number of factors that influence its ranking, including the high number of Mormons, many of which abstain from alcohol consumption entirely. Additionally, liquor laws in the state are atypical. Some areas sell beer at 4.0% ABV, there are restrictions on alcohol consumption in restaurants, high alcohol taxes, and the sixth lowest number of bars and restaurants per capita in the nation.
Here's a look at the states that consume the most and least beer per capita.