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Vermont Takes the Lead for Number of Breweries Per Capita

Feb 06, 2019 11:22AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

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Vermont takes the lead with the most breweries per capita. With 11.5 breweries per 100,000 adults 21 and over, it makes sense why Vermont is number one. 

According to the Brewers Association, craft beer sales and breweries opening in Vermont has been on a sharp incline from 2011 to 2017. This has made an over 300 million dollar impact economically, or an additional $680 per adult. Over 290,000 barrels of craft beer have been produced per year. 

Montana and Maine tied for second with 9.6 breweries per 100,000 adults 21 and over. Oregon was closely behind with 8.5 breweries. 

While this is an exciting time for the Vermont economy and craft brewery scene, Vermont is also leading in alcohol consumption. 

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that Vermont ranked sixth highest for alcohol consumption in the country, with 3.08 gallons of alcohol per capita consumed in 2016 alone -- 1.56 gallons of beer, 0.79 gallons of wine, and 0.73 gallons of spirits per capita. 

So, while this ranking is exciting, let's make sure to be safe and make healthy choices! 

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