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April 4, 2019
Zack Creach

8 Countries That Consume the Most Beer

Have you ever stopped to wonder what countries drink the most beer in the world? You aren’t alone. Kirin Holdings Company, Limited, decided to answer that question and studied beer consumption around the globe. Based on Kirin’s most recent statistics, here’s a look at the eight countries that consume the most beer per capita.

8. Namibia

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Namibia comes in eight in the latest rankings at 83.2 liters. Previously, Namibia was number two on the list, dropping six places in a year. Surprised that this African nation is so high on the list? German colonization played a role in shaping today’s beer culture there. While no longer mandated, the German purity law of 1516, which states that beer can only have water, barley and hops, remains in force by choice. Namibia takes its beer seriously, and some craft brewers have even started experimenting with local flavors, like rooibos, the popular red bush used for tea production.

7. Spain

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Spain jumps up three places on the most recent list with 87.3 liters. Spain’s consumption of beer can certainly be linked to the number of active breweries, which has skyrocketed in the country. In 2010, there were only 65 active brewers. That number has risen each year, and by 2017, there were already 521 active brewers in Spain.