It should surprise no one that the amount of Guinness consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day more than doubles, to approximately 13 million pints. Celebrations are held far and wide from Australia to Russia to the International Space Station, where astronauts like Catherine Coleman play Irish music in space.
As a Maloney and a Fitzpatrick, I love the idea of a global Irish celebration - makes the world feel a wee bit friendlier (even if the saint being honored is technically Scottish).
The U.S. accounts for much of the increase in St. Patrick’s Day Guinness consumption. But while the enthusiasm may be spread out across the country, the excise tax on beer collected by each state varies considerably.
The map created by the Tax Foundation shows an interesting pattern - a low-tax band across the middle of the country, with a few Western states collecting the least, while southern states charge the most, with Tennessee coming in first at $1.17 per gallon. The Mid-Atlantic area defies categorization – my state of Virginia is in the middle but neighboring Maryland ranks much higher.