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Visualizing Which Countries Drink the Most Beer

Visualizing Which Countries Drink the Most Beer

Humans have been drinking beer for thousands of years—and since it’s still one of the most popular beverages worldwide, it seems we haven’t gotten sick of it yet. The latest available data shows that beer consumption exceeded 177 million kiloliters around the world in 2020.

Beer consumption occurs all over the world, but the amount varies greatly depending on the location. So, which countries drink the most beer?

This graphic uses data from Kirin Holdings to compare global beer consumption by country. Kirin is a Japanese company that has been tracking beer consumption around the world since 1975.

Which Countries Drink the Most Beer?

When it comes to total beer consumption, China ranks number one.

In 2020, the country’s consumption reached 36 million kiloliters—that’s enough beer to fill more than 14,000 Olympic-sized pools. The country accounts for a whopping one-fifth of total beer consumption worldwide. Archaeological evidence also suggests that China has a beer producing history that goes back thousands of years.

Here’s a look at the top 25 countries for beer consumption, and their global market share:

Ranking 2020CountryTotal Consumption
(thousand kl)
Global Market
1 🇨🇳​ China36,08820.30%
2 🇺🇸​ United States of America24,10513.60%
3 🇧🇷​ Brazil13,8477.80%
4 🇷🇺​ Russia8,6464.90%
5 🇲🇽​ Mexico8,2874.70%
6 🇩🇪​ Germany7,7464.40%
7 🇯🇵 Japan4,4162.50%
8🇬🇧​ United Kingdom4,0882.30%
9 🇻🇳​ Vietnam3,8452.20%
10 🇪🇸 Spain3,8152.10%
11🇵🇱 Poland3,6332.00%
12🇿🇦​ South Africa3,2841.90%
13 🇨🇴​ Colombia2,2461.30%
14 🇫🇷 France1,9841.10%
15🇨🇦​ Canada1,9791.10%
16 🇨🇿 Czech Republic1,9461.10%
17🇰🇷 South Korea1,9361.10%
18🇮🇹​ Italy1,8861.10%
19 🇺🇦​ Ukraine1,8811.10%
20 🇷🇴​ Romania1,8281.00%
21 🇦🇺 Australia1,8251.00%
22 🇦🇷​ Argentina1,7971.00%
23🇮🇳 India1,6860.90%
24 🇹🇭 Thailand1,6800.90%
25​​🇵🇭​ Philippines1,4620.80%
Rest of the World31,56317.78%

China is the most populous country in the world, accounting for about 18% of the global population. Of course, a large population doesn’t necessarily translate to high beer consumption at the individual level. For instance, India, which has the second highest population in the world, ranks 23rd on the list for beer consumption, and only accounts for 1% of what foamy liquid gets guzzled down each year.

The U.S. comes second on the list, with more than 24 million kiloliters of beer consumed throughout the country in 2020. Americans don’t just drink a lot of beer—they brew a lot of beer, too. The U.S. is the second-largest beer producer worldwide (after China).

Beer Consumption Per Capita

Things look a bit different when you look at beer consumption per capita, rather than total beer consumption. The Czech Republic comes in first when it comes to beer consumption per capita.

In 2020, the average Czech drank more than 181 liters of beer.

chart showing beer consumption per capita by country in 2022

The Czech Republic is well-known for inexpensive beer. Some travel sites even claim that, in certain parts of the country, beer can be cheaper than bottled water.

International Beer Day

While consumption levels vary across the world, beer is an integral part of many countries’ cultures. In fact, the beverage is so popular, that it’s been given its own day. International Beer Day is celebrated on the first Friday of every August in over 200 cities across the globe.

Cheers, and happy sipping!

The post Visualizing Which Countries Drink the Most Beer appeared first on Visual Capitalist.

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