America's No. 1 state for beer consumption is in the Midwest, but it isn't the one you'd expect

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The Beer Institute recently published its annual state-by-state beer consumption rankings, and the results will surprise you.

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Shamefully, Minnesota's level of beer imbibing in 2012 was mediocre, as we ranked 29th in per-capita consumption. As you'd expect, Wisconsin clocks in toward the top of the list at 5th overall. But the number one overall state is a bit of a shocker.

Turns out North Dakotans, of all people, consume more beer than residents of any other state.

Apparently cold ones are NoDakians' preferred way to wash down all that oil wealth. Either that or the single dudes up there are buying lots and lots and lots of beers for their few-and-far-between female romantic prospects.

Here's the top 10 per-capita beer consumption list along with some other notables (to see the full list, click here):

1. NoDak
2. New Hampshire
3. Montana
4. South Dakota
5. Wisconsin
6. Nevada
7. Vermont
8. Nebraska
9. Texas
10. Maine
13. Iowa
29. Minnesota
48. New York
49. New Jersey
50. Connecticut

In other words, we're dead last in the Midwest in beer consumption. Let's get our act together, you guys!

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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Brian Wardwell
Brian Wardwell

Good point. Some things you shouldn't be proud of. And I'm not. lol

Brian Wardwell
Brian Wardwell

I'm from Fargo (looking to move to Minneapolis) and yeah sadly it's true. It's likely because we're bored, lol.

klenser
klenser

Houstonians in Texas consume a lot of beer and the prices for beer in the sports bar are high. But some good things are in Houston. http://t.co/o7HpRb8vjI

Victoria Michels
Victoria Michels

and the water is contaminated by the oil companies...so you have to drink the beer

Victoria Michels
Victoria Michels

Yup North Dakota....they have nothing else to do up here......First place I've lived in years that you can spell booze on peoples breath in the middle of the afternoon (Monday afternoon)

LewdUhFisk
LewdUhFisk

At least we have good beer being brewed right here on our fine MN soil. I have never had nor seen a beer made in ND, and I'm not sure I would drink one either.

Jonathan Healy
Jonathan Healy

Liquor is quicker, and beer consumption is down across the board for a reason.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

After seeing UND fans every year at various hockey events I'm not surprised to find out North Dakota is a state filled with drunken assholes.  

Jennifer Merchant
Jennifer Merchant

why would consuming the most beer per capita be a point of pride? Are we trying to be the state with the most alcoholics too?

ShitstormUSA
ShitstormUSA

Surprising? No.

1. Have you ever been to North Dakota? Beer is about the only thing to do.

2. If you're looking for a high per-capita statistic, look to a state with a low population. That's how statitstics work. That's why New York is 49th. Out of the top 10, Wisconsin, Texas and Nevada are the impressive contenders.

Kyle J. Holman
Kyle J. Holman

Well, I was wrong, I guess all the oil mining helps.

Branden Strot
Branden Strot

not shocking at all. combine all those construction workers, and nothing to do, and you get lots of beer being drunk. i bet they are at or near the top in prostitution as well.

Ryan Siverson
Ryan Siverson

North Dakota: Because really, what else are you going to do?

Bryan Gerrard
Bryan Gerrard

Pretty sure gallons of natty ice don't count as beer

Evan Hanson
Evan Hanson

After going to the University of North Dakota, I can confirm this.

Marcos Lopez-Carlson
Marcos Lopez-Carlson

Not really a surprise. Bunch of single guys on the prairie with ridiculously large paychecks and nothing else to do.

David Witt
David Witt

that's the price of also being one of the most fit states in the nation. We just drink very good beer.

Onan
Onan

Shocker? No. not even close. Think of the oil boom out there, the sausage-fest of oil workers, the enormous paychecks, and lack of anything else to do for entertainment and you have a huge beer-swilling state.

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@Onan And the amount of Bowling alleys has to have a giant effect on their beer consumption

burris_good
burris_good

Yep thats it, big bowlers up here...hey bartender, "put one on my tab for chaz!"

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