The Most Popular Beer In Each State (Hint: They Are Pretty Basic)

By Kathy Morris
Sep. 11, 2022
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Most Popular Beer Research Summary

  • The most popular beer brand in the US is Budweiser, being the favorite of 27 states.

  • As of 2021, the global beer industry has a market size of $768.17 billion.

  • Americans consume over 6.3 billion gallons of beer each year.

  • The global beer industry is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.68% through 2028.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere.

Luckily, for the US beer industry — which handles a market worth $120 billion. While craft beers are becoming more prominent, go to any cookout or happy hour and you’ll see plenty of familiar, big beer labels. It got us thinking, what is the most popular beer in each state?

We analyzed search data to find what kind of beer each state is popping open.

The results? It’s probably a Budweiser or Corona, maybe a Coors or Bud Light. Sorry, craft beer lovers- big beer is still king!

Other Interesting Findings

  • The second most popular beer in the US is Corona, which is the favorite of 19 states.

  • St. Louis, Missouri based Anheuser-Busch sweeps the Midwest with Budweiser– “The King of Beers.”

  • Corona is more popular on the coasts.

  • Vermont and Rhode Island are the only two states to like Bud Light Lime the best. No comment.

  • None of Milwaukee’s finest made the cut in Wisconsin. However, just to be clear, as a whole Wisconsin has an extremely high search volume for beer searches.

  • If you ever wondered who actually drinks Coors, apparently it’s New Mexico and Colorado.

How We Determined This

We started with a list of the 70 most popular beers. From there, we took to Google search data to find the most searched for beers. Slowly (and quite painfully) we narrowed it down to the top 10.

From there we simply good used Google Trend’s data platform to find the beer of choice in each state. We looked at a year of search data- giving each state plenty opportunity to show whether they were a bud man or living the coors’ life.

We excluded White Claw, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and others of the wine colors trying to pass for beer ilk, because they aren’t beer.

You can see a chart breakdown of our findings below, or you could go ahead and start happy hour early. The choice is yours.

Most Popular Beers

State Most Popular Beer
New Mexico Coors
Colorado Coors
Idaho Budweiser
Wisconsin Budweiser
Alaska Corona
Washington Corona
Utah Corona
Minnesota Budweiser
North Dakota Budweiser
Oregon Corona
Oklahoma Budweiser
Kansas Budweiser
Wyoming Budweiser
Iowa Budweiser
Arizona Corona
Vermont Bud Light
California Corona
Illinois Budweiser
Montana Budweiser
South Dakota Budweiser
Pennsylvania Corona
Nebraska Budweiser
Indiana Budweiser
Arkansas Budweiser
Nevada Corona
Texas Corona
Virginia Corona
Tennessee Budweiser
Louisiana Budweiser
Rhode Island Bud Light
Ohio Budweiser
Maine Budweiser
Hawaii Corona
New Jersey Corona
Maryland Corona
Connecticut Corona
Georgia Budweiser
Alabama Budweiser
South Carolina Budweiser
Michigan Budweiser
Kentucky Budweiser
Missouri Budweiser
West Virginia Budweiser
New York Corona
North Carolina Corona
Delaware Corona
Massachusetts Corona
Mississippi Budweiser
New Hampshire Budweiser
Florida Corona

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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