Although UK sales of beer have declined over the years while China drinks the most, European countries still fly the flag for the most beer drunk in the world per person.
The Czech Republic, famous for brands such as Pilsner Urquell and Budvar, has the highest amount of beer drunk in the world per head at 143 litres, with 1.5bn litres as a nationwide total.
Germany, known for the annual Oktoberfest beer festival that saw 6.4m litres of beer drank by 6.3m visitors from all over the globe last month, doesn't follow far behind with an estimated 110 litres downed per person.
China supped the most beer in total with 54bn litres, however this only works out to 40 litres per person when factoring in the country's extremely high population rate of approximately 1.35bn.
The UK drank 4.3bn litres of beer - 67 litres per capita - and the low number is down to British people opting for more expensive drinks such as spirits, said Euromonitor International senior analyst Spiros Malandrakis as reported by The Telegraph.
Seven out of the 10 nations with the most rapid beer sale growth were Muslim-majority countries including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia and Iran, according to figures from Euromonitor.
Mr Malandrakis said the growth is driven by non-alcoholic beers in some countries such as Iran, and rising numbers could also be attributed to rising numbers of expats living in the Middle East.
In the UK, the market for beer looks bleak with lager, beer, dark beer and standard lager all seeing volume fall over the last three years. Only mixed and flavoured beers, such as those with fruit juices, have seen sales rise.
Cider, which has seen a growth in popularity in the UK and US, is not counted in the figures as the fermented apple beverage does not count as beer.
10 best British beers
10 best British beers
1/10 St Austell Korev
Now available in cute and portable 330ml cans, this classy Cornish lager, in the Munich Helles style, has the benefit of tasting fresher than most imports. Don’t judge us: we’ve been enjoying drinking it straight from the tin. £32 for 24 cans, staustellbreweryshop.co.uk
2/10 Brew By Numbers Saison
This up-and-coming London brewery produce so many different beers that they use a numbering system: anything beginning 01 is a Belgian-style summer 'saison' with a twist. We most recently enjoyed a spritzy, Pimms-like variant with cucumber and juniper. £2.80, eebria.com
3/10 Lees Manchester Pale Ale
A rather old-fashioned family brewery, this attempt by Lees to brew a hoppy golden ale is actually something of an homage to Boddington's Bitter as it was 40 years ago - quenchingly bitter, dry and bluntly northern. Best enjoyed in the cool gloom of the back room of a pub. £14 for case of 8, jwlees.co.uk
4/10 Thornbridge Tzara
The team at this Derbyshire brewery express a distinct streak of Germanophilia and this beer is their precisely-observed homage to the traditions of the city Cologne. The native beer style, Kölsch, looks and tastes much like any other lager except for a subtle, flowery fruitiness derived from a distinctive yeast. Short of a weekend break, Tzara is the best way to experience it – far fresher than any imported bottle. £23.80 for 12, thornbridgebrewery.co.uk
5/10 Schlenkerla Helles
An oddity from Bamberg in the beer paradise of Franconia, Germany. The brewery’s flagship products are dark, bacon-y Rauchbiers made with smoked malt. This pale lager often, but not always, picks up a subtle smokiness on its way through the brewing kit. Perfect with grilled meat. €23.00 for 20, schlenkerla.de
6/10 Schneider Weisse Original
The most interesting of the German wheat beers, darker and a little more complex than its rivals, Schneider Weisse is nonetheless great fun: banana, bubblegum and toffee flavours all wrapped up in an effervescent body, under a Mr Whippy head. only available in certain bars, schneider-weisse.de
It’s not the trendiest product – the brand is owned these days by AB-InBev of Stella Artois fame – but remains the gold standard for the coriander and orange peel infused Belgian wheat beer style. Straightforwardly satisfying, it’s great value in bottles, too. only available in certain bars, hoegaarden.com
8/10 Redemption trinity
Billed as a ‘light ale’, this zippy, zesty ale from London is just intoxicating enough to keep your buzz going throughout a long afternoon session in a beer garden. Pick your pub carefully, though: it needs to be served cellar-cool. only available in certain bars, redemptionbrewing.co.uk
9/10 Magic Rock Salty Kiss
This attempt to revive an almost extinct German beer style, Gose, by the cult Huddersfield-based brewery is not an earnest academic exercise: it’s like Tango for grown-ups. Salty and snappily sour, it has also included various fruits, from lime to gooseberry. Our top beer of 2013. only available in certain bars, magicrockbrewing.com
10/10 Wild Beer Co Ninkasi
This ‘celebration beer’ is brewed by a Californian in Somerset, using Belgian yeast and a small amount of apple juice. Finished off and packaged like Champagne, it’s great for sharing, and much more refreshing than the strength might lead you to believe. only available in certain bars, wildbeerco.com
"It's been [declining in the UK] for a while as consumers get older and the core demographic - the working class - is struggling," said Mr Malandrakis.
"On top of that, you have consumers slowly moving into spirits, especially younger consumers."
"A key factor [to explain the decline] in the UK and US is the growth of craft beers - which are not included here and their definition has yet to be decided [officially], though it is small scale production of beer," Mr Malandrakis added.
Top 10: Countries listed in order of highest beer consumption per head (total in brackets)
1. Czech Republic: 143 litres (1.5bn litres)
2. Germany: 110 litres (8.9bn litres)
3. Austria: 108 litres (920m litres)
4. Estonia: 104 litres (135m litres)
5. Poland: 100 litres (3.8bn litres)
6. Ireland: 93 litres (430m litres)
7. Romania: 90 litres (1.8bn litres)
8. Lithuania: 89 litres (260m litres)
9. Croatia: 82 litres (346 litres)
10. Belgium: 81 litres (900m litres)Reuse content