I'm North Dakotan to the core.

Never lived anywhere else. So if we're talking beer consumption between the ages of 16 and 26, it's my experience that North Dakota can take a victory lap. My parents have both passed and my daughter is over 30 and hopefully knows better, so if it's safe to admit now...that I should have known better then.

I just had a conversation with co-workers about the tenacity of Old Milwaukee.

These days, if I had Old Milwaukee in the car (I wouldn't), I would bring it home and put it in the fridge. Eventually, I'd drink it...maybe. But back in the day, when I was but a teenage lad, I'd somehow come across Old Milwaukee beer, and hide it in my car. Not beer I stole from my folks, it just seemed to be everywhere in the late '70s.  The curling house even sold it in the vending machine.

That's right I said curling house.

Thing is, Old Milwaukee was indestructible. Freeze it and thaw it. Take it out of the cooler and keep it chilled in a lake. Take it out of a 100-degree car and pour it on ice...still tastes like an Old Mil. Take that Budweiser!

I'm sorry Bud Light.  I'm also sorry Busch Light...neither of you is ND's favorite!

At least according to these guys. They'll tell ya that Fargo beer is now North Dakota's favorite beer! Makes sense. It's a darn good beer. Seems we're just not drinking enough of it. North Dakota, at least in my memories (and my uncles), was the number one beer-drinking state.  But these days North Dakota is ranked number three.

Kids don't drink...Seriously, there's plenty of time later in life.

So how in the world did New Hampshire CONTINUE to hold the title of Best Beer Drinkers (volume)? I guess they work harder. Seems Montana at number two might be set on drinking beer more than us too.  Here's how New Hampshire took the crown.

New Hampshire took the top spot in 2020, outdrinking other states with 41.5 gallons of beer consumed annually per capita. In contrast, the lowest consuming state was Maryland which only consumed 19.7 gallons per capita, about half as much.


The most popular overall beer?


Despite the growing trend of craft breweries in some states, the most popular beer across the country was Budweiser of Anheuser-Busch, which took the top spot in 23 states.

To see where all states rank for beer drinking, beer preferences, and beer breweries- please read here. I agree with Fargo Beer since it's really good.  But New Hampshire? Maybe we should invite them over for a garage party.

Bought a six-pack of Old Milwaukee after writing this...30 years later same Old Mil.

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