U.S. beer consumption share 2018, by category

This statistic shows the beer consumption share in the United States in 2018, by category. In that year, the consumption of light beer took the largest share with 42.6 percent of total beer consumption in the United States.

Beer industry

Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States. In 2018, the country had a per capita beer consumption of roughly 20 gallons. The majority of U.S. consumers showed a preference for light beer during that year. In contrast to regular beer, this variety has reduced alcohol content and calories. Bud Light was the nation’s leading beer brand, followed by Coors Light and Miller Lite. The Bud Light brand generated over two billion U.S. dollars in sales in 2017. It is owned and manufactured by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest brewing company in the world in 2016.

Craft beer had a consumption share of more than eight percent in 2014. This type of beer is made by small, independent and traditional brewers. According to the American Brewers Association, craft breweries should produce only up to six million barrels of beer annually. Moreover, only less than 25 percent of the brewery can be owned or controlled by a non-craft brewer.

The cities of Portland and Seattle had the highest craft beer sales between 2014 and 2015. Samuel Adams was the leading craft beer brand during this period, generating over 263 million U.S. dollars in sales. This brand is owned by the Boston Beer Company, the country’s second-largest craft brewer in 2014, based on volume sales. The U.S. had more than 7,000 craft breweries in 2018.

Beer consumption share in the United States in 2018, by category

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Sources

Release date

July 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* The publication may be purchased on the Beverage Information Group's website.
** Including coolers/flavored malt beverages/ready-to-drink.

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