Where Does Tennessee Rank In Beer Consumption?

Beer Is Still A Favorite Alcoholic Beverage In The U.S., But In 2020, Tennessee Beer Consumption Per Capita Was The 15th Lowest In The Country. 

Tennessee Capitol Building in Nashville

Photo: Half-finished mugs of Calfkiller Brewing Company‘s craft beers. Calfkiller is a small family-owned brewery in Sparta, Tennessee.

Photo Credit: Calfkiller Brewing Company / Facebook

Published April 7, 2021

By Hristina Byrnes [24/7 Wall St. via The Center Square] –

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lifestyle restrictions have changed alcohol consumption habits, including shifting consumer preferences to wine and spirits. But beer is still a favorite alcoholic beverage in the U.S.

The average American adult consumed nearly 26 gallons of beer in 2020, which was about 3.2 gallons less than in 2010 but about the same as in 2016. Beer consumption tends to vary considerably across the country.

To determine the states where people drink the most and least amounts of beer, 24/7 Tempo reviewed annual beer shipment data per capita provided by Beer Marketer’s Insights, a brewing industry trade publisher. We used shipments as a proxy for consumption.

In 2020, beer consumption per capita was the 15th lowest in Tennessee. The average resident drank 24.2 gallons, about 1.4 gallons less than in 2016.

The five-year decline of 5.5% in beer consumption per capita in the state was the 19th smallest decrease in the U.S.

The 10-year change in Tennessee of 9.4% was the 18th smallest decrease in the country, down from 26.7 gallons in 2010.

There were 6,400 brewing facilities around the U.S. in 2019, producing the equivalent of more than 2.8 billion 24-container cases of 12-ounce cans or bottles, according to a report by the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Most of the beer people drink does not come from where they might think it does — there are at least 10 “imported” beers that are actually brewed in the U.S.

StateBeer shipment per adult 21+ in 2020 (gallons)5-yr changeRank10-yr changeRank
Maryland18.5-11.1%4th largest decrease-22.93rd largest decrease
Connecticut19.8-7.0%18th largest decrease-12.818th largest decrease
Utah19.97.0%the largest increase2.6the largest increase
New Jersey20.0-6.5%19th largest decrease-13.014th largest decrease
Rhode Island20.1-14.5%the largest decrease-26.6the largest decrease
New York20.2-10.6%6th largest decrease-13.313th largest decrease
Massachusetts21.5-10.8%5th largest decrease-18.66th largest decrease
Georgia23.0-8.4%10th largest decrease-12.917th largest decrease
Kentucky23.1-5.3%18th smallest decrease-6.59thsmallest decrease
West Virginia23.3-4.5%16th smallest decrease-11.123rd smallest decrease
Indiana23.6-0.8%2nd smallest decrease-12.916th largest decrease
Michigan23.6-8.2%12th largest decrease-14.212th largest decrease
Arkansas23.9-1.6%5th smallest decrease-10.522nd smallest decrease
Virginia24.2-4.0%11th smallest decrease-12.323rd largest decrease
Tennessee24.2-5.5%19th smallest decrease-9.418th smallest decrease
California24.7-3.1%8th smallest decrease-7.513th smallest decrease
Pennsylvania24.9-7.8%14th largest decrease-15.610th largest decrease
Idaho25.0-6.4%20th largest decrease-15.311th largest decrease
Ohio25.5-9.9%7th largest decrease-18.57th largest decrease
Florida25.6-4.8%17th smallest decrease-9.521st smallest decrease
North Carolina25.80.4%the smallest increase-6.510th smallest decrease
Alaska26.0-4.4%14th smallest decrease-8.815th smallest decrease
Illinois26.1-7.8%15th largest decrease-12.719th largest decrease
Missouri26.6-7.3%16th largest decrease-16.99th largest decrease
Hawaii26.7-12.5%3rd largest decrease-11.924th largest decrease
Oklahoma26.83.9%2nd largest increase-6.611th smallest decrease
Arizona27.0-0.4%the smallest decrease-12.620th largest decrease
Minnesota27.1-5.9%21st smallest decrease-6.27th smallest decrease
Kansas27.43.4%3rd largest increase-5.25th smallest decrease
Delaware27.4-9.9%8th largest decrease-20.64th largest decrease
New Mexico27.7-4.5%15th smallest decrease-17.68th largest decrease
Oregon27.7-9.5%9th largest decrease-11.524th smallest decrease
Washington27.8-1.1%3rd smallest decrease-9.419th smallest decrease
Louisiana28.1-7.3%17th largest decrease-19.35th largest decrease
Colorado28.4-1.7%6th smallest decrease-6.912th smallest decrease
Alabama28.7-4.3%12nd smallest decrease-5.96th smallest decrease
Nevada28.8-14.3%2nd largest decrease-23.22nd largest decrease
Wyoming30.01.7%2nd smallest increase-11.825th largest decrease
Iowa30.9-5.5%20th smallest decrease-12.521st largest decrease
Nebraska31.3-8.2%11th largest decrease-12.322nd largest decrease
Mississippi31.5-2.2%7th smallest decrease-9.017th smallest decrease
Texas32.0-1.5%4th smallest decrease-8.014th smallest decrease
Wisconsin32.3-8.0%13th largest decrease-12.915th largest decrease
South Carolina32.52.8%4th largest increase-3.32nd smallest decrease
Maine32.5-3.8%9th smallest decrease0.3the smallest increase
Vermont33.91.8%3rd smallest increase-3.74th smallest decrease
North Dakota37.2-4.4%13th smallest decrease-9.520th smallest decrease
South Dakota37.3-3.9%10th smallest decrease-3.43rd smallest decrease
Montana41.02.2%4th smallest increase-1.2the smallest decrease
New Hampshire41.40.0%no change-6.38th smallest decrease
Source: 24/7 Wall St.
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