MADISON, Wis. - The Beer Institute ranked Wisconsin fifth for states that consumed the most beer per capita in 2012, according to a release.
North Dakota took the top spot followed by New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin, according to the release.
"Wisconsin has always had beer as a part of its culture going back to Germanic heritage; especially German immigrants starting breweries here," said Page Buchanan, House of Brews owner.
The Beer Institute, a national trade association representing America's brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers, released the state-by-state beer consumption data Tuesday.
According to the release, beer consumption rose 1 1/2 percent in the United States in 2012 as the economy began to come back after the recession and above normal winter and spring temperatures helped boost beer sales.
On average, each American over the age of 21 drank a little less than one 12-ounce beer per day in 2012, according to the release. That equates to about 300 beers per year.
More than 99 million Americans drink beer responsibly, making beer the top choice over wine and hard liquor for celebrating occasions like the Fourth of July – America's top beer-selling holiday, according to the release.
Another reason to celebrate America's birthday with a beer is the U.S. brewing and beer-importing business puts more than two million Americans to work, from barley farmers to shopkeepers and truck drivers, according to the release.
Taxes on the brewing industry also help the U.S. economy, according to the release. With taxes levied on brewing, importing, trucking and selling beer, American beer drinkers contributed $49 billion in taxes in 2012, according to the release.
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