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Dakotas rank tops for beer drinking

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- The Dakotas like their beer.

The Beer Institute trade organization that represents the industry said North Dakotans drink the highest amount per person and South Dakota ranks number four nationwide in beer consumption.

The Rapid City Journal reported that works out to nearly 46 gallons of beer annually for every North Dakotan 21 year old and over and just under 39 gallons for every South Dakotan of a legal drinking age. Montana ranked third, with 41 gallons of beer per person.

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