10 Fastest-Growing Drunk Nations
Yet another former Soviet republic bitten by the Turkish beer bug, Georgia's beer market is dominated by Turkish brewer Efes. So how is it? Well, RateBeer readers consider Efes Pilsner a middling light lager at best, while the high-powerd 7.5% ABV Efex Xtra gets only slightly better ratings for its added kick. Then again, this is like asking the average American what he or she thinks of a Bud. There's some greatness in the fringes, but Georgia doesn't mind itself a cheap social drink from time to time.
Increase in beer consumption from 2010-11: 7.8%
That Lithuania is only drinking more beer as the years progress is somewhat frightening. It's already the No. 8 beer-drinking nation in the world and consumes more than a keg and a half of beer per person each year. Much of what it consumes, however, is made in house. The Kalnapilis brewery has been making German-style Helles, Dortmunder and Pilsner since 1902. Svyturys, meanwhile, has been brewing since 1784 and still makes award-winning Dortmunder and Marzen styles.
Increase in beer consumption from 2010-11: 8.1%
With a huge tourist base, cold Andean winters and thriving ski culture, Peru resembles beer-friendly European countries more closely than its geography would suggest. Part of that success comes courtesy of its home-grown Backus and Backus and Johnston brewery, which has an overwhelming monopoly on Peruvian beer with its popular Malta Polar schwarzbier, Pilsen Trujillo and Pilsen Callao brands. At least a portion of that success and growth, though, comes courtesy of Anheuser-Busch InBev, which has made a strong push into Peru with its Brazil-based Brahma brand.