Iowans are drinking more booze, less beer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Iowans are drinking more overall - and specifically more liquor and wine - according to the annual report from the state's Alcoholic Beverages Division.

Total alcohol sales rose 4.7% in Iowa, topping 320-million dollars, driven by increased sales of liquor. Beer sales declined slightly but remained the most consumed alcoholic beverage by volume in Iowa at 72.2 million gallons.

The annual report also includes a list of the most popular drinks and brands.

American vodkas was the most popular type of liquor sold in Iowa, followed by Canadian whiskey then spiced rum.

But whiskeys topped the list of most popular bottles sold - Black Velvet remained the top selling bottle of booze in the state, a title it has held for several years running now. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey came in second, followed by Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Hawkeye Vodka and Tito's Texas Vodka round out the Top 5.

Among Iowa distilleries, Templeton Rye topped the list with Cedar Ridge in second. Overall, Iowa distillery sales rose 3.9%.

Here is the full list of the top 50 selling alcohol brands in Iowa.

1 Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey
2 Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
3 Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
4 Hawkeye Vodka
5 Tito's Handmade Texas Vodka
6 Five O'Clock Vodka
7 McCormick Vodka
8 Smirnoff Vodka (Glass & Plastic)
9 Barton Vodka
10 Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey
11 Jack Daniels Old #7 Black Label Tenn Whiskey
12 Admiral Nelson's Spiced Rum
13 Absolut Imported Vodka
14 Bacardi Light-Dry Rum
15 Seagram's Seven Crown Blended Whiskey
16 Phillips Vodka
17 Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
18 Hennessy VS Imported Brandy
19 Grey Goose Imported Vodka
20 Malibu Rum Natural Coconut
21 G & W Five Star Blended Whiskey
22 Crown Royal Regal AppleWhiskey
23 Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
24 Canadian LTD Whiskey
25 Jameson Irish Whiskey
26 Paramount White Rum
27 Svedka Imported Vodka (Swedish)
28 New Amsterdam Vodka
29 Jagermeister
30 UV Blue Raspberry Flavored Vodka
31 Nikolai 80 Proof Vodka
32 Jose Cuervo Authentic Lime Margarita
33 Southern Comfort Whiskey Liqueur
34 Windsor Canadian Blended Whiskey
35 Dr Mcgillicuddys Cherry Schnapps
36 Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Can Whiskey
37 Paul Masson Grape Brandy
38 Skol Vodka
39 Kessler Blended Whiskey
40 E & J VS Brandy
41 Pinnacle Vodka France
42 Ten High Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey
43 UV Silver Vodka
44 Juarez Gold Tequila
45 Seagram's Extra Dry Gin
46 Bailey's Original Irish Cream
47 Fleischmann's Royal Vodka
48 Canadian Club Original 1858
49 Tanqueray Gin
50 Fris 80 Vodka