At $37.6 Billion, Spirits Sales Surpass Beer in 2022 as Whiskey Overtakes Vodka on Volume

Spirit sales hit a record-high of $37.6 billion in 2022 and marked a 5.1 percent increase year-over-year, according to a press release from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). Sales volume also increased by 4.8 percent to 305 million 9-liter cases.

Consumers’ increasing interest in cocktails and a visitor rebound in the on-premise sector contribute to these record-high numbers. Preferences in liquor categories are slightly evolving, as vodka sales by volume dropped by 1.5 percent — and the total volume of whiskey sales (77,882 9-liter cases) just barely eclipsed vodka (76,897 9-liter cases).

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