What country drinks the most beer per capita?
I started with a simple search on "beer" and received 89 category matches on Yahoo!. I decided to head to the Beer category in the non-commercial path, where I found a list of "Most Popular Sites." The Real Beer Page looked to be as good a choice as any, so I clicked on it.
I immediately learned that Real Beer has "over 150,000 pages about beer, searchable brewery and pub databases, beer festival and homebrew event calendars, and news about beer." Rather than browsing the massive site, I went straight to the site search bar and typed in "country and consumption." The search returned 2,170 documents, more than enough to find the answer. I hopped to one of the articles
listed about world drink trends.
I scrolled down and discovered that the Czechs are the world's leading beer drinkers, downing more than 160 liters a year. However, these statistics were a few years old (1995), so I headed back to the front page to perform another search.
This time, I changed our search phrase to "beer consumption." Once again, I was overwhelmed with the results. I clicked on several relevant-looking articles and finally came upon one that answered the question.
In an article dated August 11, 1999, they confirmed that Czechs are tops when it comes to downing more than a few brews. The article, "German beer sales continue slide," states: "German beer consumption has declined steadily in recent years. Still per capita consumption is 127 liters, with only Czech beer drinkers consuming more."
Cheers to the Czechs!
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