On this day in 1889, both North and South Dakota were admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. States. Did you know that North Dakota consumes the MOST beer of any state in the USA? According to FoxNews, we bring you the following beer statistics about the Dakotas.
NORTH DAKOTA: 45.8 gallons of beer per capita per year
Despite the state not having a large beer industry, more beer is consumed here than any other state. Because of its oil and gas boom North Dakota has a lot of employed young males. Maybe that why the percentage of binge drinkers in the state was 23.8 percent as of 2011, higher than any other state except for Wisconsin.
Currently, the most popular craft brewery in North Dakota is the Laughing Sun Brewing Company.
SOUTH DAKOTA: 38.9 gallons of beer per capita per year
South Dakota is one of the least populous states in the country and only had 10 breweries as of 2012, but that didn’t stop them from coming in fourth in the nation for beer consumption. That math leads to one conclusion: South Dakotans must be able to throw back some seriously impressive amounts of beer. As of 2011, just over 22 percent of the state’s adults surveyed by the CDC reported engaging in binge drinking. So if you think you can outlast a South Dakotan at a keg party, you will probably be wrong.
Currently, the most popular craft brewery in South Dakota is Crow Peak Brewing.