interesting 16 Things You Didn't Know About American Beer

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For some people, it just doesn't get much better than an ice cold beer. The bubbly, hoppy beverage is produced and sold all around the world - from Japan and Germany to Poland and Mexico. But standing above the rest, at least when it comes to variety and sheer size, is the American brewing industry. Some people absolutely love American beer, others can't stand to be in the same room as it. But no matter what your taste, one thing is clear: There's just something different about American Beer.

Whether you like a chilled can of Bud Light or prefer something a little fancier from a local microbrewery, America's got a lot of beers to choose from. There are seasonal beers, flavored beers, lite beers, not to mention a slew of ciders. In the last few decades, the American beer industry has adopted countless newcomers.

At this point, it can be tough to know all the facts about American beer. What's brewed where, who uses what kind of hops, and does a cider count as a beer? The list of questions just keeps growing each year as the American beer industry gets more and more diverse. 

But fear not. This list has all the answers. Just sit back, relax, crack open a cold one, and read some American beer facts. 

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PBRs Actually Used to Come with Blue Ribbons


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If you were wondering how Pabst Blue Ribbon got it's name, you can thank a manager named Pabst and the blue ribbons he had employees tie around his beers. Unfortunately, that practice got pricey pretty quickly, so they eventually did away with it and developed the PBR moniker instead.
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Consumers Drink Almost an Entire Drum of Beer Each Year


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On average, beer drinkers consume 27.5 gallons of beer or cider a year. That's close to the amount you can fit in one of those giant metal drums.
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Americans Spend More on Beer Than Ukraine Spends on... Everything


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It's no surprise that Americans buy a lot of beer, but just how much is a bit shocking. The amount U.S. consumers spend on their brews each year totals around $100 billion. That's greater than the GDP of Ukraine.
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Coors Produced Near Beer During Prohibition


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Prohibition was a bad time for beer makers all over the country. In order to stay afloat during the time, Coors produced malted milk to sell to candy maker Mars, and a near beer called Manna to satisfy brew drinkers who just wanted the taste of some suds. When prohibition ended, they jumped back on the beer-making train.
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Kirin, Beck's, Foster's Lager, and Killian’s Irish Red Are All Brewed in the U.S.


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These beers, which many people probably think are imported from far off countries, are all brewed domestically for America. Kirin is brewed in California and Virginia, Foster's in Texas, and Killian’s Irish Red in Colorado.
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Beer Is Actually Less Popular Now Than It Used to Be


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The popularity of beer fell consistently from 2010 to 2015, with the golden drink now holding less than a 50 percent share of the alcohol market. On the other hand, both liquor and wine grew more popular in that time, taking shares away from beer.
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Young People Are Drinking a Lot Less Beer


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Young people in America are drinking significantly less beer than they used to. Adults aged 21 to 29 in the 2010s are drinking 30 percent less beer than their '90s counterparts. Meanwhile, they're drinking significantly more wine and liquor.
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206.7 Million Barrels of Beer Were Sold in One Year


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In 2015 alone, the U.S. beer industry sold 206.7 million barrels of beer, or around 67.2 billion bottles. Plus another couple million barrels of cider. Guess we were thirsty.