Here Are the Top Five Beer-Drinking States During the Holiday Season

by Clayton Edwards
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Having a few drinks with loved ones is one of the highlights of the holiday season for some. As we all know, making sure the holiday season runs smoothly can be stressful. Many folks feel a cold one helps to grease the gears of the festive spirit machine. The fact is, whether it’s to celebrate, cope, or a little of both, Americans love to drink during the holiday season.

Between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, most of us crank the consumption up to eleven. While holiday drinks like egg nog and hot toddies are popular, we love our beer. A recent study broke down the top holiday beer-drinking states in the country.

It really makes sense. Sure, seasonal drinks are nice. But, there’s something comforting about popping the top on your favorite beer. On top of that, have you ever tried to have a few cups of egg nog and eat Christmas dinner? It’s tough. Drinking beer just makes sense around the holidays.

According to Prescott eNews, nearly 2 out of every three American adults drink during the holiday season. Whether they’re washing down turkey, watching the game, or just trying to unwind, most of those folks tend to go for a glass of suds. You could say that we Americans turn the holidays into beer-drinking season. However, you might be shocked at just how much brew we put away as a nation.

Top States for Holiday Beer Drinking

For instance, Arizona residents put away enough beer to fill 152 Olympic-sized swimming pools in the holiday season. Let’s put that into perspective. Olympic pools hold 660,000 gallons of water. Multiply that by 152 and you get a staggering 100,320,000 gallons. Now, that sounds like some serious top-tier holiday beer drinking, but it’s not. Arizona didn’t even crack the top 20. In fact, The Grand Canyon State comes in at number 30.

 The study weighted the rank by state population. That helped to even the playing field. Otherwise, the states with the highest populations would fill the top of the list.

The list of top states for holiday beer drinking starts in the deep south. Mississippi comes in at number five with Alabama landing the number four spot. The top three are a little more surprising. Missouri takes the number three spot. South Dakota comes in just ahead of the Show-Me State. And, the number one state for holiday beer drinking is Montana.

So, if you’re looking for the best place to knock back some suds between Thanksgiving and the New Year, head to Big Sky Country.