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Wisconsin No. 5 for beer consumption; Minn. No. 29

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News flash: Wisconsinites drink a lot of brew.

But a new ranking by the Washington, D.C.-based Beer Institute released this week says Badger-state brew-swillers are not tops in the nation – four other states drink more beer per capita: North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana and South Dakota, respectively. Iowa was No. 13.

The report says that in Wisconsin, on average, each person 21 years or older drinks 36.2 gallons of beer a year, or about 385 12-ounce beers a year (roughly one beer a day).

Where's Minnesota? Bottom half. Minnesota ranked No. 29, with 28.5 gallons of beer consumed per person per year. The national average was 28.2 gallons.

The states that drink the least beer: Maryland (No. 47) New York (48), New Jersey (49), Delaware (50) and Utah (51). The ranking included the District of Columbia (No. 32).

The rankings are calculated per capita based on residents of legal drinking age, and it's not clear exactly how underage drinkers might skew the numbers if they had been included. States with highest rates of underage drinkers:

1. Arizona
2. South Dakota
3. North Dakota
4. Montana
5. Wyoming
6. Wisconsin
7. New Hampshire
8. New Jersey
9. Ohio
10. Texas

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