The German Brewers' Association has reported that per capita beer consumption in Germany fell from 125.5 litres in 2000 to 123 litres in 2001.

The association said consumption dropped because of falling numbers of regular beer drinkers in the 30 to 45 age bracket. In spite of its reputation for mammoth beer drinking, shaped by images of enormous steins being downed in massive beer halls, Germany in fact ranks third in Europe in terms of per capita beer consumption after the Czech Republic and Ireland.

In 2001, there were a total of 1,291 breweries in Germany which produced 108.5 million hectolitres of beer against an output of 110 million hectolitres in 2000. German breweries exported 10% of their production in 2001 according to the Association. The Brewer's Association also forecast that beer prices in Germany will rise by an average of 5% in 2002.