Considering that summer is just around the corner, Houstonians are gearing up for prime beer drinking season. The next few months were practically designed to require a koozie-cushioned, ice cold bottle of Lone Star to be glued to one’s hand at all times, and that might have something to do with why Houston is really, really good at drinking beer.
Put simply, Chicago might be (slightly) bigger than Houston, but we're (nearly) twice as good at drinking beer.
So good, in fact, that Houston has apparently delivered an inadvertent "sucker punch" to Chicago’s beer drinking pride. Today at the Chicago Tribune, Greg Trotter writes that Houstonians bought (and drank) more than twice the amount of beer sold in the Windy City last year, totaling nearly $1 billion in city-wide beer sales. Put simply, Chicago might be (slightly) bigger than Houston, but we're (nearly) twice as good at drinking beer.
Trotter does note that Chicago still outpaces Houston in craft beer consumption (not for long) and that the data he used doesn’t take beer sold in bars and restaurants into account. Still, given the mind-boggling number of beers served on an average Friday night at La Grange, it’s likely that H-Town would hold its own.
Congratulations, Houston. Have a beer tonight to celebrate this victory – it's practically your civic duty.