Where to find beer, and glass

Where to find the beer guzzlers — and their glass

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

What does this ranked list represent: North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin? These are the top five states in per capita beer consumption in 2012.

Though more than half of the glass containers generated by American consumers are beer bottles, beer isn't consumed at equal levels nationwide. According to the Beer Institute, residents in No. 50 (Utah) drank 56 percent less beer per capita last year than did North Dakotans. In fact, per capita consumption in the bottom five states (Utah, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York) was 46 percent less than in the top five states.

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Beer consumption

The New Hamphire data is "skewed" due to the fact that many citizens (consumers) in border states (ME,VT and MA) buy all of there alcoholic beverages in New Hampshire due to the deeply discounted prices at state run liquor stores.  The state has an "outlet" conveniently located on the turnpike that funnels flatlanders into Maine for summer vacations.

Another contributing factor is that by buying in New Hampshire consumers avoid the bottle deposits in ME, VT and MA.