Quick Hits: Beer Most Popular Alcoholic Beverage In US / Brexit Ends UK Craft Beer Boom

, Quick Hits: Beer Most Popular Alcoholic Beverage In US / Brexit Ends UK Craft Beer Boom

The beer biz never sleeps at American Craft Beer. And here’s just some of what’s been happening while you were drinking your way through the weekend.

Beer Most Popular Alcoholic Beverage in US

Beer remains the most popular drink in the United States according to recent Gallup poll, as wine and spirits continue to battle for second place.

According to the latest survey data from Gallup’s Consumption Habits poll, Americans our drinking more alcohol than many analysts have projected. Gallup found that higher alcohol consumption was more prevalent among certain American demographic groups: middle-aged adults, those with higher incomes, college-educated adults and those who attend church less frequently than once a week.

Beer was found to be significantly more popular than either spirits or wine with 37% saying they drink beer most often, 31% choosing spirits and 29% going for wine. Beer, however was less dominant than it was twenty years ago, where almost half chose it as their preferred drink.

The survey found that men are more than twice as likely as women to report that they drink beer most often. Women, on the other hand, are about three times as likely as men to say wine is their most common beverage


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, Quick Hits: Beer Most Popular Alcoholic Beverage In US / Brexit Ends UK Craft Beer Boom

Brexit Ends Craft Beer Boom in UK

A perfect storm of circumstances is killing the craft beer business in the UK. Obviously Covid hurt, as did inflation and a rise in alcohol taxation, but for craft breweries that closed this year, Brexit was the final nail in the coffin.

Exporting craft beer to the EU is now a time-consuming nightmare for fans of British craft beer on the continent who found the process so expensive and time consuming and the UK paperwork so daunting that they abandoned the process entirely.

“It just got too much,” Bone Machine Brewing founder Kimi Karjalainen told the Guardian “We were heavily geared for export. We’d be selling to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy and Spain. We had Hungary in the pipeline. And it all disappeared with Brexit.”

“Everyone was saying ‘it’s too complicated to import anything from the UK any more. In terms of pure output, that was about 30% to 40% of what we made. In terms of income, it was probably more than half.”

And with their export trade disappearing more than 100 small brewers that have been forced out of business in the past 18 months.

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