Top Ten Beer Consuming Countries and Festivals

The world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage dates back to 9500 BC when cereal was first farmed and is mentioned in the history of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Today, beer is the third most popular drink after water and tea.

The greatest beer festivals today are held annually across countries around the world an emphasis on entertainment and the sampling, tasting and purchase of a wide range of beers. The festivals may usually include a main theme, which either promotes a particular regional culture, a brand, or a brewing style.

The most notable annual beer festival today is the German Oktoberfest, which is the largest beer festival in the world. As Germany is quite the place for beer festivals it holds many other  beer exhibitions, which last several days like the Barthelmarkt annual fair and beer festival in Manching, which dates back to the 1st century BC when the Romans established a cattle market in that area.

Other notable annual beer tent festivals are the Great British Beer Festival, held every August in London. The Belgian BAB-bierfestival held every November in Bruges is also an exclusive fair as Belgian beer is very famous for its unique variety of tastes.

Last but not least, the Czech Beer Festival, locally referred to as the Cesky Pivni Festival is held for 17 days every may in Prague, which according to the upcoming list of the Top Ten Beer Consuming Countries, is the current beer capital with the greatest consumption of beer per head per liters per year. Cheers!

The following lists the top beer consuming countries by liters per individual (figures via wikipedia)

10 Luxembourg with an annual 84.4 liters per capita

09 Finland with an annual 85.0 liters per capita

08 Denmark with an annual 89.9 liters per capita

07 Poland with an annual 95 liters per capita

06 United Kingdom with an annual 99.0 liters per capita

05 Australia with an annual 104.7 liters per capita

04 Austria with an annual 108.3 liters per capita

03 Germany with an annual 110 liters per capita

02 Ireland with an annual 131.1 liters per capita

01 Czech Republic with an annual 158.6 liters per capita