Americans drop an average of $1,270 a year on beer, according to a new online survey conducted by Survey Analytics. The Seattle company asked people to share their feelings about beer and buying habits.
That total amounts to about 115 six-packs at $10.99 each -- or 211 pints at $6 a piece.
One consumer reported spending an eye-popping $10,000. Nine percent of respondents said they drink beer more than five times a week, while 22 percent had a brew two or three times. Twenty percent said they drink once a week.
-- Budweiser topped the list of both the best and worst beer brands. Fifty-one percent rated it as their favorite while 46 percent named it their least favorite. The other brands that rounded out the best list: Coors (13 percent), Corona (12 percent) and Stella (10 percent). As for taste, 33 percent prefer ale and 24 percent would rather have a lager.
-- Price isn't much of a factor when deciding a favorite beer. Instead, people make up their minds based on the best ads (32 percent), where the beer is brewed (29 percent) and the style (22 percent).
-- California brews the best craft beer, respondents said. Nineteen percent -- not exactly a majority -- ranked the Sunshine State as the best.
The "Craft Beer Survey" was taken by more than 300 respondents in 42 states. The majority of respondents (56 percent) were female. To read a news release about the survey, click here.