Most expensive beer at a major league ballpark: $8.75 (Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies).
Cheapest beer at a major league ballpark: $4 (Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians).
Average cost of a beer at a major league ballpark: $5.96 (down 13 cents from last year)
Per-household legal marijuana sales in Spokane County, Washington, in 2015: $225.64.
Per-household beer sales in Spokane County in 2015: $232.70.
San Diego’s brewery count at the end of 2015: 114.
Its brewery count at the beginning of 2015: 97.
Dollar value of the U.S. beer market: $105.9 billion.
Craft beer’s share of the U.S. beer market: $22.3 billion (21.1 percent).
Extra large breweries’ (over 6 million barrels per year) share of U.S. brewery population: 0.4 percent.
Extra large breweries’ share of U.S. beer production: 84.3 percent.
Small breweries’ (under 7,500 barrels per year) share of the U.S. brewery population: 92.8 percent.
Small breweries’ share of U.S. beer production: 1.6 percent.
Styles in the Brewers Association’s 2016 Beer Style Guidelines: 162.
Net change in styles from 2015: +7.
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Craft beer production in 2015: 24.5 million barrels.
Increase over 2014: 13 percent.
Craft beer’s share of the market, as measured by production: 12 percent.
Its market share, as measured by dollar value: 21 percent ($22.3 billion).
Percentage of under-30 adults who said beer was their favorite beverage in 1992-93: 70.
Percentage of under-30 adults who said beer was their favorite beverage 20 years later: 40.
“Pay-for-play” fine imposed on distributor Craft Brewers Guild by Massachusetts liquor regulators: $2.6 million.
Craft Brewers Guild’s payoffs to bars and other businesses: At least $120,000.
Dollar value of Heineken’s U.S. sales during the 52 weeks ending January 24, 2016: $730.7 million.
Increase over the previous year: 1.9 percent.
Heineken’s share of the imported beer market: 13.1 percent (down 1.2 percent from the year before).
Years since Guinness opened its brewery at St James’s Gate in Dublin: 257.
Years remaining on Guinness’s lease for the St James’s Gate brewery: 8,743.
Flavored beers’ share of new beer releases in 2010: 15 percent.
Flavored beers’ share in 2015: 27 percent.
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Price of a “regular bottle” of beer at Super Bowl 50: $13.
Price of a “premium draught” at Super Bowl 50: $15.
Cost of Anheuser-Busch’s anti-drunk driving Super Bowl spot featuring Helen Mirren: $10 million.
Estimated value of Peyton Manning’s post-Super Bowl endorsements of Budweiser: $3.2 million.
Germany’s annual hop production: 34,000 metric tons (first in the world).
United States’ annual hop production: 33,266 metric tons (second in the world).
Washington State’s share of U.S. hop production: 70 percent.
Beer’s share of the world-wide alcoholic beverage market: 80 percent.
Beer’s share of India’s alcoholic beverage market: 30 percent.
Beer’s share of the U.S. alcoholic beverage market in 2015: 48 percent.
Its share of the U.S. market in 2000: 55 percent.
Maximum weekly “units” of alcohol recommended by UK health authorities: 14.
Number of pints of lager in 14 units of alcohol: 7.
Boston Beer Company’s revenue in 2015: $959.9 million.
Increase over 2014: 6 percent.
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Vietnam’s beer production in 2015: 2.89 million barrels.
Increase over 2014: 4.7 percent.
Amount of beer exported by Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar in 2015: 765,000 barrels.
Increase over 2014 exports: 10.5 percent.
Countries to which Budweiser Budvar is exported: 73.
British pub count in 1982: 67,800.
British pub count in 2015: fewer than 54,000.
Alaska’s brewery count: 26, with 5 in planning.
Brewery openings in Alaska in 2015: 5.
Average price of a pint of bitter in Great Britain: £3.10 ($4.40 U.S., for a 20-ounce pint).
Average price of a pint of lager in Great Britain: £3.26 ($4.63 U.S.).
States where homebrewing is illegal: 0 (Alabama and Mississippi were the last two to legalize, in 2013).
States where breweries can’t sell pints on premises: 2 (Georgia and Mississippi).
Value of legal marijuana sold in the U.S. in 2015: $3.5 billion.
Value of beer sold in the U.S. in 2015: $101 billion.
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Approximate number of homebrewers in the U.S.: 1.2 million.
Proportion of homebrewers who took up the hobby since 2001: About 2/3.
Increase in the average price of American beer since 2003: 42 percent.
Increase in the average price of American mixed drinks since 2003: 51 percent.
Barrels of Modelo Especial shipped to the U.S. in 2014: 4.5 million.
Increase over 2009: 128.4 percent.
U.S hop production in 2015: 39,400 tons.
Increase over 2014: 11 percent.
Estimated value of the 2015 crop: $345.4 million.
Clydesdale horses owned by Anheuser-Busch: 175.
Cost of feeding a Clydesdale: $500 a month.
Beer’s share of South Korea’s alcoholic beverage market: 53.3 percent.
Soju’s (a hard liquor) share of South Korea’s alcoholic beverage market: 28.1 percent.
Freezing point of beer: 27 degrees Fahrenheit.
Freezing point of ethanol: -170 degrees Fahrenheit.
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U.S. brewery count as of November 2015: 4,144 (the highest total on record).
Previous high brewery count: 4,131 (set in 1873).
California’s brewery count: 600, as of December 3, 2015.
Percent increase over last year: 18.
Rate at which new breweries open in California: 2 per week.
U.S. sales of Guinness beer in 2014: 2.4 million barrels.
U.S. sales of Guinness beer in 2006: 3.3 million barrels.
UK households expected to buy beer online this month: 1 million.
Increase over December 2014: 200,000.
Flavored malt beverages’ share of the beer market: 3.25 percent.
Growth in flavored malt beverage sales over last year: 9.5 percent.
Years since Dogfish Head Brewery opened: 20. (At the time, it was America’s smallest brewery.)
Dogfish Head’s curret rank, by sales, among craft breweries: 13th.
Number-one selling Snow beer’s share of China’s beer market: 23 percent.
Number-two selling Tsingtao beer’s market share: 18 percent.
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Anheuser-Busch InBev’s latest offer to buy SABMiller: $108.2 billion.
Increase over A-B InBev’s initial offer: 14 percent.
Attendance at this year’s Oktoberfest in Munich: 5.9 million (down from 6.3 million last year).
Beer consumption at this year’s Oktoberfest: 7.3 million liters (down from 7.7 million last year).
Stolen beer mugs confiscated by Oktoberfest security: 110,000 (down from 112,000 last year).
Beer-to-gold ratio in 1990 (60-year peak): 227 ounces of beer = 1 ounce of gold.
Beer-to-gold ratio in 1970 (60-year low): 48 ounces of beer = 1 ounce of gold.
Increase in craft lager beer sales this year over 2014: 123 percent.
Increase in craft sour beer sales this year over 2014: 60 percent.
Craft beer’s sales growth in 2014: 17.6 percent.
The entire beer industry’s sales growth in 2014: 0.5 percent.
Settlement amount approved by the court in the Beck’s Beer deceptive-packaging litigation: $20 million.
Estimated number of households eligible for compensation in that litigation: 1.7 million.
Ohio’s current ABV cap on beer: 12 percent.
Its ABV cap on beer before 2002: 6 percent.
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Number of Oktoberfests held in Munich (including this year’s): 182.
Times since 1810 that Oktoberfest was canceled: 24 (reasons include war, hyperinflation, and cholera epidemics).
Cost of a one-liter beer at this year’s Oktoberfest: €10 ($11.34).
Increase in the price of beer over 2014: 3 percent.
Cost of a pint of ale in the UK’s cheapest university town: £2.10 ($3.20), in Durham.
Cost of a pint in the UK’s most-expensive university town: £5.25 ($7.90), in Surrey.
Bushels of American barley used to brew beer in 2014: 177 million.
Brewing’s share of America’s barley crop in 2014: 75.
Stadium with the National Football League’s cheapest beer: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, 36 cents an ounce.
Stadium with the NFL’s most expensive beer: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, 71 cents an ounce.
Average per-ounce price of beer in NFL stadiums: 46 cents an ounce.
Number of Ontario supermarkets that will sell beer under new provincial legislation: 450 (out of 1,500).
Daily sales quota for Ontario supermarkets selling beer: 279 six-packs.
Anheuser-Busch InBev and SAB Miller’s combined share of the U.S. beer market: 70 percent.
A-B and SAB’s combined revenue from the U.S. beer market: $250 million a year.
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Beer trademark requests in the United Kingdom in 2014: 1,485.
Increase over 2013: 12 percent.
Alcoholic content of Samuel Adams Rebel Rouser double IPA: 8.4 percent.
Alcoholic content of Rebel IPA: 6.5 percent.
Alcoholic content of Rebel Rider session IPA: 4.5 percent.
India pale ale’s share of the U.S. craft beer market: 21 percent.
Seasonal beers’ share of the U.S. craft beer market: 15-25 percent.
Recent price of a barrel of West Canadian select oil: C$30.23 ($22.73 U.S.).
Recent price of a 24-pack of Molson Canadian in British Columbia: C$32.35 ($24.32 U.S.).
Mississippi’s current brewery count: 10.
Mississippi’s brewery count in 2012: 1.
Winning men’s time at this year’s Beer World Mile Classic: 5:09, by current world record holder Lewis Kent.
Winning women’s time at this year’s Beer World Mile Classic: 6:48, by Caitlin Batten.
Increase in organic beer production between 2013 and 2014: 20.7 percent.
Organic breweries taking part in this year’s North American Organic Brewers Festival: 36.
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U.S. brewery count as of June 30, 2015: 3,739.
Increase over the year before: 699.
Full- and part-time workers employed by U.S. breweries: 115,469.
Premium beer’s share of A-B InBev’s U.S. sales: 63 percent.
Craft beer’s share of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s U.S. sales: 2 percent.
Shock Top’s share of A-B InBev’s U.S. craft beer sales: 50 percent.
A-B InBev’s share of the U.S. beer market: 45 percent.
MillerCoors’s share of the U.S. beer market: 26 percent.
Craft beer’s share of the U.S. beer market: 11 percent.
Beer drinkers arrested for DUI in Napa County, California, in 2014: 361.
Wine drinkers arrested for DUI in Napa County in 2014: 114.
Tap handles at the Raleigh (North Carolina) Beer Garden: 366 (believed to be the world’s most).
Locally-brewed beers on tap at the Raleigh Beer Garden: 144.
Percent of the price of beer attributable to taxes in Mississippi: 60 (highest in the nation).
Percent attributable to taxes in Montana and Oregon: 32 (lowest in the nation).
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