In a new Gallup poll released today, more Americans choose to drink beer than wine or liquor, and the gap between the spirits is growing.
The new survey released by Gallup basically confirms what everyone already knows: Beer reigns supreme in the Game of Spirits, and the gap between beer and wine is the largest it has been in six years.
PRINCETON, NJ — As they have for most of the past two decades, Americans who drink alcohol choose beer over wine and liquor as the type of alcohol they imbibe most often. This year, 41% of U.S. drinkers report they typically drink beer; 31% name wine and 23% name liquor.
It doesn’t take a genius to notice this, with new craft beer bars opening up every other day. According to the Brewers Association, America has just passed 3,000 active beer breweries for the first time since the 1870’s.
The American brewing industry reached another milestone at the end of June, with more than 3,000 breweries operating for all or part of the month (3,040 to be precise). Although precise numbers from the 19th century are difficult to confirm, this is likely the first time the United States has crossed the 3,000 brewery barrier since the 1870s. Wieren (1995) notes that the Internal Revenue Department counted 2,830 “ale and lager breweries in operation” in 1880, down from a high point of 4,131 in 1873.
Gallup also notes that the percentages of American adults that drink has remained roughly stagnant since the 1930’s, fluctuation between 55-71%, this year coming in at 64%.
You can head on over HERE to read the report/survey in full, but the main takeaways are these: Americans love to drink, and when they drink they love to drink beer. However, unlike men women tend to prefer wine over beer.