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May 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

What is Seattle’s top beer-loving neighborhood?

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Brouwer’s Cafe in Fremont (Photo: Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times)

Seattle Beer Week is in full swing, with an extensive schedule of events celebrating the craft of brewing in our region.  And when it comes to quality beers, Seattleites know their stuff.  In fact, we rank just a fraction behind No. 1 Portland for the percentage of folks who drink microbrews, according to Scarborough Research.

But in this beer-loving town, who loves beer most of all?

To find out, I analyzed the beer-buying habits of residents in 76 Seattle neighborhoods using Experian market data.  After ranking the neighborhoods in three categories, enumerated below, I tallied the scores to determine the overall winner.

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March 15, 2013 at 8:00 AM

CDC: Seattleites biggest binge drinkers in the Northwest

bingedrinking2How will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend?  There’s plenty to do — you could catch the parade downtown, and perhaps take in the festivities at the Seattle Center.  Or are you among the thousands planning to lift a pint in honor of Ireland’s patron saint — and then keep lifting them all weekend?

Let’s face it: for a lot of folks, St. Patrick’s Day is less about celebrating Irish culture and heritage and more about celebrating Irish beer and whiskey.  And Seattleites can hold their own when it comes to this type of celebrating.  In fact, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 16.9 percent of adults in the Seattle metro area say they have binged* on alcohol in the past 30 days.  That pencils out to about 338,000 people from King and Snohomish counties who’ve gone on a bender in the past month.

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October 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Seattleites the biggest drinkers in the Northwest

(Photo: Petr Kratochvil via Wikimedia Commons)

In The Seattle Times today, Melissa Allison reports that liquor prices have leveled off a bit since they spiked in June, which is when the state closed its stores and private businesses began selling alcohol.  Even though prices have moderated, they were still 10 percent higher this August compared to August 2011.

Most of the readers who have commented on the story don’t seem to mind the price jump.  Sure, if you’re not a big drinker, the increased cost might not bother you at all.   But I think there are some Washingtonians who are feeling it in their pocketbooks — the folks that the Centers for Disease Control classifies as heavy drinkers.  By the CDC definition, a heavy drinker is a man who has more than two drinks per day, and a woman who has more than one.

And there’s quite a few of us here in Seattle who meet that standard.  According to 2010 CDC data, in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett metro area, 6.1 percent of us are heavy drinkers.  Among 192 metro areas in the United States, that puts us in a tie for 44th place.  We’re also the heaviest drinkers in Washington or Oregon — we narrowly beat out the Portland metro area.  Apparently lattes aren’t the only thing we like to drink around here.

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