As of September 2014, the weight of a case of beer containing 24 glass bottles weighing 12 ounces each is approximately 36 to 42 pounds. Beer comes in many different flavors and varieties, and the percent of alcohol by volume in one 12 ounce beer is 3 to 10 percent, depending on the type of beer.
In 2011, a survey by the Beer Institute estimated the amount of beer consumed by Americans of legal drinking age was 6.3 billion gallons that year. The average was 28.3 gallons of beer per person. In this survey, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana had the highest rates of consumption. According to the survey, the high consumption rate seemed to be directly linked to the farming and construction industries in these states. In 2011, these jobs were typically filled by men ages 25 to 54, who also were the highest drinking demographic.
As of 2012, USA Today claims that beer consumption in the United States is decreasing. Some states have seen as much as an 11 percent decrease in beer consumption. State averages shown in figures can be misleading, however, due to dry counties and the inability for some states to legally sell alcohol on Sundays. These factors encourage people to drive across state lines to purchase beer, and this may alter a state-wide drinking demographic.