A recent study by Kirin Beer showed world beer production in 2011 exceeded 50 billion gallons. That’s 7 gallons for every man, woman, and child on the planet. Roughly 25% of that was produced in China.Still below wine production, it’s interesting to note that worldwide, production of wine has been declining. Beer is becoming so popular, a new line of work has been created. The Cicerone, Sommelier to beer, now pairs beer with food, beer tastings are popping up in a world once ruled by wine.