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What US state has the best breweries?

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

  1. imduffman

    imduffman Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 22, 2012

    Personal favorites

  2. California or Oregon
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  3. imduffman

    imduffman Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 22, 2012

    any certain breweries out of Oregon?
  4. Cascade, Hair of the Dog, Pelican, Deschutes, Boneyard...
  5. mcritchi

    mcritchi Aficionado (120) Minnesota Jan 13, 2010

    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 Savant (290) California May 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    California easily
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  7. Vermont too
  8. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Savant (365) Kentucky Mar 17, 2008

    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 Savant (490) Arizona Dec 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    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 Aficionado (120) Minnesota Jan 13, 2010

    True. Per capita Vermont is impressive.
  11. sil1

    sil1 Savant (290) California May 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    The bruery
    Ale smith
    Lost abbey
    Green flash
    Russian river
    North coast

    Just to name a few
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  12. California
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  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Advocate (730) Colorado Dec 9, 2011 Beer Trader

    Whatever state that doesn't have a single macro brewery. Sorry Colorado.
  14. 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. In order...

  16. Davihaw

    Davihaw Savant (375) Illinois Jun 19, 2012 Beer Trader

  17. joeebbs

    joeebbs Savant (360) Pennsylvania Apr 29, 2009

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

  18. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Washington Sep 12, 2012

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

    PittBeerGirl Advocate (695) Ohio Feb 27, 2007

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

    Southern Tier
    Captain Lawrence

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

    jRocco2021 Savant (460) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    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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  21. Squidly

    Squidly Savant (460) New Jersey Nov 26, 2006

    Tired Hands

  22. Fresh

    Fresh Aficionado (230) California Dec 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    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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  23. beertunes

    beertunes Poobah (1,400) Washington Sep 24, 2007 Beer Trader

    North Dakota.
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  24. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poobah (1,270) Indiana Aug 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    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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  25. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (865) Pennsylvania Jan 22, 2011 Beer Trader

    East End
    Selin's Grove
    Pizza Boy
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  26. herrburgess

    herrburgess Poobah (1,035) South Carolina Nov 4, 2009 Beer Trader

    Bavaria. The size of South Carolina but with about 650 breweries.
  27. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Savant (400) Michigan Apr 13, 2012

    That seriously cracked me up! Count me in!
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  28. 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!
    Pretty Things
    Cambridge Brewing Co
    Berkshire Brewing Co
    Ipswich (Mercury Brewing Co)
    Sam Adams
    Clown Shoes
    High and Mighty
    Idle Hands
    Cody Brewing Co
    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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  29. T00ms

    T00ms Zealot (85) California Aug 12, 2011

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

    imduffman Aficionado (190) Ohio Oct 22, 2012

    clown shoes mmm..
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  31. jrnyc

    jrnyc Champion (870) New York Mar 21, 2010 Beer Trader

    This is a no-brainier, California.
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  32. LAD

    LAD Aficionado (195) Texas Apr 16, 2008

    Texas. Home of Miller Coors in Fort Worth and AB in Houston.
  33. jesskidden

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    Running out of examples there, I see?
  34. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Champion (800) Arkansas Sep 1, 2012 Beer Trader

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

    jesskidden Champion (810) New Jersey Aug 10, 2005 Subscriber

    What about the two Falstaff breweries - in Galveston and El Paso.

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

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Per capita Vermont wins Hands Down
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  37. bellce0

    bellce0 Savant (250) Georgia Feb 20, 2010

    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
  38. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Advocate (730) Pennsylvania Jul 1, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader