Beer Industry Statistics

(Updated June 2022)

We here at The Barbecue Lab can appreciate cracking open a nice cold beer to accompany our barbecue. We are, after all, seeking the best experience when it comes to flavor. We were curious at some of the numbers of the beer industry - we wanted to know which beer is the most popular.

We found that even though it’s consumption has been declining, beer remains the most popular alcoholic beverage in the United States. The number of 2.25 gallon cases consumed in the US in 2019 was around 2.7 million. 

Quick Beer Industry Statistics

  • Beer is the worldwide market leader of alcoholic beverages
  • While beer sales decline, craft beer sales continue to increase
  • Bud Light is the top selling brand of domestic beer in the US at $2 million dollars in sales
  • Corona is the favorite imported beer
  • Budweiser is the #1 brand in of beer in the world
  • US Beer sales in 2019 was $116 million
  • Craft beer sales in 2019 was $29.3 million
  • 6% of Americans drink beer daily
  • 55% of Americans who watch the Super Bowl will usually drink beer
  • 21% of Americans drink beer or wine with their home-cooked meals

Beer Industry Analysis

It’s projected that the worldwide alcoholic beverage market leader in 2021 will be beer with a market volume of $651, 398 m.

Is the beer industry growing? 

Looking at the numbers for the US beer market share 2019 show us some interesting data. While beer sales declined 2% from previous years in 2019, craft beer continued to grow by 4%. A craft beer market analysis shows that craft beer reached 13.6% of the beer market volume in 2019. Imported beer makes up 19% of the beer market share. 

What is the number 1 beer in the United States?

Bud Light is the top selling brand of domestic beer in the United States, while Corona is the favorite imported beer. 

What is the number 1 beer in the World?

Budweiser brand beer is the number one brand in the world, worth $14.65 billion. Second place goes to Heineken, and Stella Artois comes in 3rd.

What were the U.S. beer sales in 2020? What were the U.S. beer sales in 2019? 

U.S. Beer sales accounted for $116 Billion in 2019 while craft beer accounted for $29.3 Billion.

Beer Industry Statistics


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