German Beer is highly sought-after, especially outside of Germany. According to the newest data released by German Federal Statistical Office, Germany exported +4.1% more beer from January until November 2016 compared to the same period last year. Export to third countries (+9.4%) clearly exceeded sales within the European union (+0.8%). Domestic sales stayed flat (+-0.0%) in the first 11 months of 2016. Nevertheless, experts believe that the figures for the whole year of 2016 might show a slight increase, because December 2016 had more working days than the year before which usually leads to higher shipments.
In total, German beer sales increased roughly y 0.6 million hectoliters (586,000 hl, 500,000 barrel), for the 11 month period ended in November, which is 0.7% more than the previous year. Especially beer export to third countries outside the European Union reached a record high of 6.4 million hectoliters (+9.4%, 5,5m barrel). Together with 9.2 million hectoliters (7.8m barrel), which are sold to other countries in the European Union this adds up to a total beer export of 15.6 million hectoliters (13.3m barrel).
The sale of mixed beer beverages which are not included in the above statistics increased in the same period +0.2% to 3.7 million hectoliters (3.2m barrel).
Sales figures of non-alcoholic beer in Germany are not recorded by the German Federal Statistical Office.