What countries drink the most amount of beer per capita?
What countries come to mind when you think of big beer drinkers? Germany? The UK? The US? Well, they’re not even close to no. 1.
It’s not surprising that the country with the most people in the world is also the country that consumes the most beer. China consumes more than 9.5 million gallons of beer per year, but with a population of 1.4 billion citizens, they’re at the bottom of the list when it comes to the amount of beer consumed per person (25.1Litres).
Big beer drinking nations
So, what about the countries known for its quality of beer and pub culture, like Ireland, the U.K., Germany? The Irish, known for their Guinness and St. Paddy’s day, are at number 11 on the beer consumption per capita list (81 L), just behind Spain, which rounds out the top 10 at 81.6 liters per year.
Germany loves its beer and comes in at no. 5 with an average of 92.5L per person per year. A lot of that is probably consumed in the months of September and October and in Munich, the capital of Bavaria and the home of the Oktoberfest, which will be back in full swing in 2022.
The UK is way down on the list (no. 26), which may surprise a lot of people. The English, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish average out at 60.2L per person despite producing some of the best beers on the planet and their beloved pub culture.
The US, known internationally for Budweiser and its huge craft beer industry, is situated at no. 16. The Americans average 72.8L of beer per person, which works out to roughly 220 cans of beer per year.
And the winner is…
The country that drinks the most beer per capita is the Czech Republic. It has topped the list for almost 30 years straight, since 1993. The Czechs drink on average 181.7L of beer per year per person. That is almost twice as much as the second-ranking country, Austria, which averages 96.8L per person. The Czechs average approximately a pint of beer per day, maybe because it is cheaper than bottled water, at approximately $1 dollar for half a liter of beer.