It has been a popular tipple for centuries, but now the number of people around the world fancying a frothy beer has reached a new high.
A report has found that in 2011 the quantity of beer consumed around the globe increased for the 27th consecutive year.
For the tenth year running it was China that showed the greatest thirst for the alcoholic drink, making up a quarter of the world’s annual beer sales.
The U.S. retained its second place slot with sales in the country making up 11.7 per cent of the overall figure.
Party-loving Brazil with a population of just under 200million was ranked third with Russia coming in fourth.