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Beer production in the U.S. 1860-2019

In 2019, approximately 180 million barrels of beer were produced in the United States. The country’s beer production numbers peaked in 1990 and have decreased overall in recent years.

On-premise and off-premise sales

On-premise retail dollar sales for beer in the United States amounted to roughly 50 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. U.S. off-premise retail sales have gained a lot of traction over the past decade, reaching over 60 million U.S. dollars that same year. On-premise locations, such as restaurants and bars, sell alcohol that is meant to be consumed on-site, while alcohol bought in off-premise establishments, such as grocery and liquor stores, is intended to be consumed elsewhere.

Supermarket alcohol sales

Alcoholic products most commonly bought in supermarkets in the United States were beer, malt-flavored beverages, and cider. This category generated over 11 billion U.S. dollars’ worth of sales in 2018. U.S. supermarket sales for spirits amounted to just over four billion U.S. dollars that year.

Beer production in the United States from 1860 to 2019

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

1860 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.
Data prior to 2015 were taken from the Brewers Almanac, published by the Beer Institute.

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