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Mexico, #1 beer exporter on the planet!

Updated: Jun 15, 2022

World Beer Day is held on August 3, a worthy date to celebrate in Mexico as they enjoy the honor of being the number one country in beer exports and the fourth producer internationally – even exceeding the brewing powers of Germany! One of every five beers exported in the world is Mexican.

It also represents 23 percent of the country’s agroindustrial exports, the 33 million hectoliters exported annually represent 21% of total beer exports in the world, higher than the exports of the Netherlands with 14.4% percent, Belgium 11%, and Germany with around 10%.

In addition to being the largest exporter in the world, Mexico also became the fourth producer of beer worldwide in 2017. China is in the lead with the production of 449 million hectoliters; the United States, 219 million, and Brazil in the third position with 129, Mexico produces 110 million hectoliters.

Mexico has 31 active breweries throughout the country, distributed in the varios Mexican states and cities; Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Baja California, State of Mexico, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Queretaro, Nuevo Leon, Puebla, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Sonora, Veracruz, and Zacatecas. Zacatecas, has the largest plant in the world.

Additionally, there are around 600 microbreweries or craft breweries, Baja California is the state with the highest number of craft breweries or microbreweries, followed by Mexico City, Michoacán, Jalisco and Nuevo León.

Jalisco is the state with the highest production of craft beer, thanks to the presence of brands that have gained strength in recent years such as Minerva, Loba, and Fortuna.

The annual per capita consumption is 65 liters of beer in Mexico, which puts is at #32 globally, top per capita consumption of beer are the Czech Republic with143 liters of beer; Germany, with 110, and the United States, with 90.

The beer industry contributes one percent to the National GDP, and generates 55 thousand direct jobs and more than 600 thousand indirect jobs. In addition, according to a study carried out last year with INEGI, the production of beer is among the 14 most important activities of the country’s manufacturing sector. I’m getting thirsty!

In Puerto Vallarta you can enjoy craft beer at:

Los Muertos Brewing losmuertosbrewing.com

Monzón Brewery monzonbrewing.com

La Cervecería Unión lacerveceriaunion.com.mx

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