By Michael Breen and David BrunskillThe United States is now the world’s biggest consumer of Chinese beer, according to a new study published by the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2017, the U.S. consumed nearly 2.5 billion metric tons of beer, and consumed an estimated 2.2 billion metric pounds of wine and another 4.3 billion metric ounces of liquor.
China was second, with an estimated 7.4 billion metric tonne of beer and wine and an estimated 3.7 billion metric pound of liquor in the U, according the study.
The U.K. was third, with a combined 4.6 billion metric metric ton.
China’s beer consumption in 2017 surpassed the U: The U had an estimated 947 million metric ton of beer in 2017, but was only third, according data from the International Bottled Beer Association.
China has the largest beer market in the world, according Beer Business Daily, which compiled data on global beer consumption for the United States.
It reported that there were an estimated 12.2 million beer outlets in the United State, with 2.4 million in California and 2.6 million in the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas.
The U.B.D. estimates that U.P.P./China Beer accounted for 16.4% of the total U.s. beer market.
The Brewers Association, which represents more than 2,000 craft breweries, said in a statement that UP.
B.’s market share was a “remarkable” 17%.
In a report published in March, The Washington Post said that craft beer sales in the state are expected to grow by an average of 9% annually through 2020.