It’s no secret that Americans love their beer. Brewing is a proud tradition, one we celebrate every year on Oct. 27 — National American Beer Day. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at what makes American beer so special.
1620. The year the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock. Dismayed at having run out of beer, one Pilgrim wrote in his diary, “We could not now take time for further search… our victuals being much spent, especially our beer…” Luckily, the Native Americans they met taught them how to make beer using maize, birch sap and water.
4,144. As of Dec. 1, 2015, that’s the number of breweries in the United States — a record number. The previous record, set all the way back in 1873, was 4,131.
99. The percentage of breweries that fit the Brewers Association’s definition of a small and independent craft brewer.
252.6 billion. Total dollars in revenue made by brewers, distributors, retailers and supply-chain partners in 2014. Beer is big business.
294,749,300. The number of Bud Light cases sold in 2013, making it the most popular beer in the United States. That’s more than twice the number of cases sold by first runner-up Coors Light, which sold 118,469,600 cases that same year.
10. The distance, in miles, within which the average American lives from a brewery.
4.1 million. The number of barrels of beer produced in Pennsylvania, the top beer-producing state in the country.
31. The number of gallons in one barrel of beer.
50 billion. The number of pints Americans drink collectively each year.
48.5 billion. Dollars in tax revenue generated each year by beer production and sales.
40. The preferred temperature, in degrees Fahrenheit, most people prefer to drink their beer.
6 billion. The number of pounds of grain American brewers use each year.
1.2 million. The number of people who go the DIY route and brew their own beer at home.
At Brick House, we’re proud to serve a variety of American-made beers, including offerings from the tried-and-true big breweries as well as more obscure names. And because our Happiness Hour runs every Monday through Friday, you’ve got plenty of time to sample some of the finest beers in the country on Thursday, Oct. 27. Consider it your patriotic duty.
What will you be sipping to celebrate National American Beer Day? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to share your photos using the official hashtag: #BrickHouseTT