Study: New Yorkers Drink Less Beer

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A new study released by The Beer Institute is shocking some local die-hard beer fans.

That study puts New York at the bottom of the list when it comes to the number of people who drink beer.

The Empire State places 48th out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C. for beer consumption per capita in 2012.

"That doesn't make much sense," says Tony Cervellera, who was enjoying some ale at Woody's Beach Club and Taqueria, "cause there's a whole lot of people out here drinking a ton of beers."

"I'm from a town in Virginia -- nobody drinks as hard as Buffalo does," adds Meghan McLellan.

However, some experts say they are not 100-percent surprised.

"People are drinking a lot less but drinking better quality," says Tucker Curtin, owner of Woody's Beach Club and Taqueria as well as other local bars.

Curtin adds there have been a lot of changes in drinking trends over the years.

"There used to be lots of unlimited drink offerings. I think as the laws have changed, operations have become more responsible," Curtin says.

However, the beer market is certainly alive and well in New York State in terms of exporting. New York ranks fourth highest for shipments of beer in the United States.