10 Fastest-Growing Drunk Nations
Sacha Baron Cohen conveniently left the beer references out of Borat; perhaps Kazakhstan brewing is somewhat devoid of Kazakh brewers. Three-quarters of its beer is brewed here, but largely at breweries such as Derbes and Karagandinskoye, which are owned by Turkish brewer Efes and Danish-owned Carlsberg, respectively. Still, the Shymkentskoye German-style lager brewed in Shymkent is a huge local favorite and available at most local pubs.
Increase in beer consumption from 2010-11: 6.7%
Azerbaijan's ties to the former Soviet Union and Turkey give it a taste for beer much greater than its selection would suggest. Much of its beer is produced by Russian-based Baltika in the Azerbaijan city of Baku and comes in the form of the light lager Xirdalan. While Baltika cranks up the alcohol volume as high as 7.7% for its premium offerings, much of Azerbaijan's beer is slow-sipping, sessionable fare similar to Turkey's Efes. The Baki-Praqua brewery produces one of the nation's few standouts in its Novxani Pilsner Zlaty. It's a bit maltier than its Czech namesakes, but a tasty choice in a growing beer market.
Increase in beer consumption from 2010-11: 6.9%