Here in Montana, we joke that "you can't throw a rock and not hit a church, a casino, or a brewery. They seem to be everywhere. Just about every town in Montana, regardless of size, has some sort of microbrewery. Each one represents the essence of the community it was built in. Almost resembling the classic pubs in the UK, and turning into unofficial meeting places for members of the community.

With how much we like beer here in Montana. It is no surprise that we rank high in the average consumption of beer in the US.

According to a recent study from Visual Capitalist, Montana ranks 2nd in the nation for average beer consumption per person. Losing only New Hampshire, which shares some of the same "beer culture" as we do here in Big Sky Country.

The study shows:

New Hampshire took the top spot, out drinking other states with 41.5 gallons of beer consumed annually per capita. In contrast, the lowest consuming state was Maryland which only consumed 19.7 gallons per capita, about half as much. Despite the growing trend of craft breweries in some states, the most popular beer across the country was Budweiser of Anheuser-Busch, which took the top spot in 23 states.

With that kind of "beer culture," it is no wonder that we are so good a t making beer.

Just recently, Montana scored a bunch of shiny hardware in the North American Brewers Association's International Beer and Cider Awards. Representing the Treasure State and bringing home tons of gold. silver and bronze medals in just about every category.

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