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What US state has the best breweries?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by imduffman, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. imduffman

    imduffman Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    Personal favorites

    Colorado
    Michigan
    California
  2. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Member

    Location:
    Washington
    California or Oregon
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  3. imduffman

    imduffman Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    any certain breweries out of Oregon?
  4. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Cascade, Hair of the Dog, Pelican, Deschutes, Boneyard...
  5. mcritchi

    mcritchi Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    I debate this with friends often. I tend to think California wins based on how many excellent breweries they have. That said, I think a "per capita" approach should be taken to this conversation, which is when (in order) I think Michigan, Oregon and Colorado join the conversation.
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  6. sil1

    sil1 Member

    Location:
    California
    California easily
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  7. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Vermont too
  8. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Member

    Location:
    Kentucky
    My personal favorites might surprise..with some breweries I've had the good fortune to enjoy..

    1) Indiana -- Three Floyds, Sun King, Figure 8, Upland, Triton, Flat 12...
    2) Michigan -- Greenbush, Bell's, Founders, Short's, Dark Horse...
    3) Illinois -- Flossmoor Station, Two Brothers, Half Acre...
  9. Pecan

    Pecan Member

    Location:
    California
    Overall, I'd say Cali. Firestone Walker + Stone + Lost Abbey + Green Flash + Russian River + Alesmith + The Bruery + Ballast Point + + +... Just so many choices for quality brews regardless of style preference.

    Honorable mentions go to Michigan (Bell's + Founders + Dark Horse + + +) and Indiana (I'm biased, 3 Floyds was my first craft and still retains several spots on my top beers list).
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  10. mcritchi

    mcritchi Member

    Location:
    Minnesota
    True. Per capita Vermont is impressive.
  11. sil1

    sil1 Member

    Location:
    California
    California
    The bruery
    Alpine
    Stone
    Ale smith
    Lost abbey
    Green flash
    Lagunitas
    Russian river
    North coast
    50/50

    Just to name a few
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  12. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Member

    Location:
    California
    California
    Oregon
    Colorado
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  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Member

    Location:
    New York
    Whatever state that doesn't have a single macro brewery. Sorry Colorado.
  14. BigCheese

    BigCheese Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    One of these questions again......Let me play!

    Cali, CO, VT, OR duhhhhhhhhh

    My home state massachusetts its solid with good variety.

    Founders (and bells) is good enough to put michigan in discussion by itself.
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  15. tabascosigned

    tabascosigned Member

    Location:
    Virginia
  16. AugiePrimrose

    AugiePrimrose Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    In order...

    California
    Oregon
    Colorado
  17. Davihaw

    Davihaw Member

    Location:
    Illinois
    California
    Michigan
  18. joeebbs

    joeebbs Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    No one has said Pennsylvania yet so I'll be that guy even though they can't beat California.

    Troegs
    Victory
    Weyerbacher
    Yards
    Slyfox
    Voodoo
  19. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Member

    Location:
    Washington
    Logsdon, The Ale Apothecary, Caldera, Hopworks, Laurelwood, Upright, Rogue (don't deny it), Oakshire...
  20. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    California is obvious, PA is up there for me too BUT
    I'm going to throw New York into the Mix

    Southern Tier
    Ommegang
    Captain Lawrence
    Brooklyn
    Southampton

    I really enjoy a lot of offerings from all of these brewing companies.
  21. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Member

    Location:
    Wisconsin
    WI, IL, and MI are all on pretty level playing field and trumps pretty much anywhere else. This is however like asking which city has the best sports team most people are gonna say the one they grew up with in their home city.
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  22. Squidly

    Squidly Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Tired Hands

    +1
  23. Fresh

    Fresh Member

    Location:
    California
    California due to the plethora of quality breweries.
    Stone, Alpine, Lost Abbey/Port, Ballast Point, Alesmith, The Bruery, Drakes, Firestone, Bear Republic, Russian River, Knee Deep, Fifty Fifty, Lagunitas, North Coast and oh so much more!!
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  24. beertunes

    beertunes Member

    Location:
    Washington
    North Dakota.
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  25. fredmugs

    fredmugs Member

    Location:
    Indiana
    Surprised? More like shocked. I live in Bloomington and Upland is not that good unless you're basing them on lambics which I don't drink.
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  26. kbuzz

    kbuzz Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    East End
    Selin's Grove
    Pizza Boy
    Lavery
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  27. herrburgess

    herrburgess Member

    Location:
    South Carolina
    Bavaria. The size of South Carolina but with about 650 breweries.
  28. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Member

    Location:
    Michigan
    That seriously cracked me up! Count me in!
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  29. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Member

    Location:
    Massachusetts
    Boston was just deemed the drunkest city in the proud country we Bostonians call "America!" The list is pretty funny here is your link -> http://www.thedailybeast.com/galler...ont.html#0a4c906c-4885-4f15-b035-df218a31bb19

    This being said, I am a bit disappointed that MA has not yet received popular support as the greatest brewery (let alone sports) city of all states. Below are a number of my very favorite beer companies and projects from Mass:

    Jack's Abby!
    Mystic
    Pretty Things
    Cambridge Brewing Co
    Berkshire Brewing Co
    Mayflower
    Cisco
    Ipswich (Mercury Brewing Co)
    Harpoon
    Sam Adams
    Clown Shoes
    High and Mighty
    Idle Hands
    Cody Brewing Co
    Wachusett
    Wormtown
    Boston Beer Co

    These breweries are as crafty as the Celtics. It's not necessarily in order of preference but Jack's Abby is the greatest dedication to lagering I could ever imagine. Love that Kiwi!
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  30. T00ms

    T00ms Member

    Location:
    California
    I'm not surprised MA hasn't received support as the greatest brewery city, seeing as how it's not a city.
  31. imduffman

    imduffman Member

    Location:
    Ohio
    clown shoes mmm..
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  32. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Member

    Location:
    Washington
  33. jrnyc

    jrnyc Member

    Location:
    New York
    This is a no-brainier, California.
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  34. LAD

    LAD Member

    Location:
    Texas
    Texas. Home of Miller Coors in Fort Worth and AB in Houston.
  35. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Running out of examples there, I see?
  36. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Member

    Location:
    Arkansas
    Which ever states that have breweries that will distribute to Northeast Arkansas or Southeast Missouri and Memphis.
  37. jesskidden

    jesskidden Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    What about the two Falstaff breweries - in Galveston and El Paso.

    EDIT - Closed! Oh, OK, the Schlitz brewery in Longview then.
  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Member

    Location:
    New Jersey
    Per capita Vermont wins Hands Down
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  39. bellce0

    bellce0 Member

    Location:
    Georgia
    California by a large margin with Michigan and Pennsylvania following.
    Gotta throw in a shout-out for the awesome breweries in my home state of Georgia: Terrapin, Sweetwater, Wild Heaven, and Red Brick
  40. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Member

    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    Michigan
    California
    Pennsylvania

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