Illinois Falls in Beer Consumption

Illinois drops two places in consumption of beer

Your beer consumption is slipping, Illinoisans. So says a Washington-based industry group, the Beer Institute.

The state’s over-21 population consumed 28.9 gallons of beer per capita in 2011, the group reported, down from 30 gallons the year before. That ranks 28th among the states, down two spots from 2010.

“We’re all aware of it, but I don’t know if there is any one factor to explain it,” Bill Olson, president of the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois told the Bloomington Pantagraph.

However, Illinois still ranks sixth among states in total beer shipments received, which are not measured per capita. That’s the same rank as in 2010, but down from the No. 5 spot the state held from 2004 to 2009.

The top five states in per capita consumption last year were: New Hampshire (43 gallons), North Dakota (42.2), Montana (40.6), South Dakota (38) and Nevada (36.5), according to Beer Institute data.

“Beer Institute” (gonna have to look into that!!)

I’m doing my part for Illinois, I’m drinking for 3, maybe 4 other people to get the numbers back up.

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