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The top 10 beer-brewing countries in the world

The USA produces a truly titanic volume of suds each year -- in fact, according to Kirin Brewing Company's global beer production report, American brewers turned out nearly 6 billion gallons of beer in 2013. That's billion, with a B. And beer, also with a B.

Before you celebrate American beerceptionalism by shotgunning a brew, though, you should know we're not actually no. 1 in the beer-brewing world; that title goes to China, which out-produced America by more than 6 billion gallons of suds. If you need context, that's more than twice the output of the U.S., and quadruple of Germany, the land effectively founded on beer and sausage.

Check out the full list below, along with each country's largest brewery. And yes, some countries have the same top brewer. But that's globeerization for you.

10. Spain: 863,842,610 gallons

Largest brewery: Mahou-San Miguel Group
Top domestic brands: Cervezas Alhambra, Mahou
Most popular beer style: Pilsner

9. Poland: 1,045,064,637 gallons

Largest brewery: Heineken Group
Top domestic brands: Zywiec, Tyskie, Żubr
Most popular beer styles: Pilsner, Porter, Bock

8. United Kingdom: 1,108,360,261 gallons

Largest brewery: Heineken UK
Top domestic brands: John Smith's, Guinness, Tennant's
Most popular beer style: Pilsner

7. Japan: 1,461,426,208 gallons

Largest brewery: Asahi Breweries
Top domestic brands: Asahi, Kirin, Suntory
Most popular beer style: Rice lager

6. Mexico: 2,179,419,429 gallons

Largest brewery: Mahou-San Miguel Group
Top domestic brands: Corona, Modelo, Tecate
Most popular beer style: Pale lager

5. Russia: 2,354,327,744 gallons

Largest brewery: Carlsberg Group
Top domestic brands: Baltika, Bochkarev
Most popular beer styles: Pilsner, Porter

4. Germany: 2,492,859,568 gallons

Largest brewery:Radeberger Group
Top domestic brands: Krombacher, Weihenstephaner, Spaten
Most popular beer styles: Pilsner, Weissbier

3. Brazil: 3,555,755,819 gallons

Largest brewery: Anheuser-Busch InBev
Top domestic brands: Brahma, Antarctica, Bohemia
Most popular beer style: Pilsner

2. United States: 5,925,458,377 gallons

Largest brewery: Anheuser-Busch InBev
Top domestic brands: Bud Light, Coors Light, Budweiser
Most popular beer styles: Pale lager, IPA

1. China: 12,295,571,153 gallons

Largest brewery: CR Snow
Top domestic brands: Snow, Tsingtao, Yanjing
Most popular beer style: Rice lager

Gianni Jaccoma is an editorial assistant for Thrillist Travel. He once ordered a Corona in Mexico, to be cool, and was laughed out of the country. Follow him to a land of poor decisions on Twitter @gjaccoma.