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What US state has the best breweries?

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

  1. There is one of these threads every two months...
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  2. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Aficionado (135) New York Dec 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    Pound for pound it is Vermont by A lot. There are 600,000 people (49 out of 50). The state is 100% craft
    Their list starts with Hill Farmstead, Alchemist, Lawsons and at the bottom is Magic Hat.
    The ISO lists in the trade forum speaks for itself.
    The book on microbrewing was literally written in Vermont.

    Fyi... I am not from VT. I think they turned the 'buy local' movement into 'keep it local' and you are privileged to just get some beer. Despite the annoying hippie attitudes I still drove for 5 hours there, waited in line for a half hour in the snow to buy 3 cases of Heady Topper. I couldn't make it to HF because that backwards state doesn't plow their roads and driving at night sucks in the snow.
    Its a love hate situation but the beer speaks for itself.

    Quality over quantity, sorry California.
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  3. warrenout330

    warrenout330 Aficionado (240) Ohio Oct 19, 2012

    Ohio will become a cornerstone to this.... there's a lot of under the radar beer here and its waiting to burst out of this state .... watch and see my friends! :)
  4. Horbar

    Horbar Advocate (675) Rhode Island Feb 24, 2012

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  5. California ,
    Oregon ,
    Washington ,
    ok BC doesn't get the best distribution
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  6. dennis3951

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

    New Jersey or Califorina
  7. sil1

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

    Puerto Rico has beer ?
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  8. jb123

    jb123 Advocate (555) Michigan Dec 3, 2012 Beer Trader

    Mi bells founders jolly pumpkin shorts dark horse, the list goes on...
  9. spartanjd

    spartanjd Aficionado (140) Illinois Dec 17, 2010

    ehhh Chicago more like. Only Indiana brewery I named was 3 floyds and that is in Munster, Indiana right across the border.
  10. hwy395

    hwy395 Savant (370) California Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    Cheers for mentioning Bear Republic, I thought Racer X was phenomenal this year.
    May I add Green Flash, if only for Palate Wrecker ?
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  11. hwy395

    hwy395 Savant (370) California Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    I just did a massive cross reference at amazon and there is no book on microbrewing written in Vermont !!
    All kidding aside, I once stood for 45 minutes in Febrewary in the 70 degree chill in Santa Rosa for one ten ounce glass of Pliny the Younger... but Heady, god bless him, is still better and the owner of the Alchemist will talk to you.
    I'm so torn.
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  12. hwy395

    hwy395 Savant (370) California Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    They won't let me like this twice...but I want to !
  13. hwy395

    hwy395 Savant (370) California Jan 20, 2012 Beer Trader

    I agree with your choices but I think you should load up the truck and move to Beverly...Hills that is and give the CA brewers a chance
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  14. jmmy3

    jmmy3 Savant (375) Massachusetts Nov 30, 2010

    I agree that we have a large selection of solid breweries but I'm not sure we have anything world-class. If you consider what comes out of Cali, Oregon, or even Michigan, I don't know if MA would be in my top 5 states tbh.
  15. champ103

    champ103 Poobah (1,040) Texas Sep 3, 2007 Beer Trader

    Personal favorite and best might be two different things.

    I have lived in many different parts of the country, and still travel a lot. Every time I travel outside of Texas, I always feel like I am missing out. A single state might have a better selection, or more breweries by number. Though I will not give up Live Oak, 512, Karback, Austin Beer Works, Deep Ellum, or any number of other breweries in Texas for anything. So, I guess Texas is my answer.
  16. travMI13

    travMI13 Savant (410) Michigan Jan 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Come on, now. Any answer other than California, Oregon, Colorado, or Michigan has to be a joke.
  17. Gotta say Colorado since that's where I live. Obviously Cali but easy to say considering how huge the state is. Vermont and Oregon have a lot going for them though!
  18. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Advocate (530) Colorado Nov 24, 2011

    We got those in Colorado too, so we have all our bases covered.

    Check thread title to LIST BREWERIES IN YOUR STATE.
  19. SDG1070

    SDG1070 Aficionado (230) Ohio Jul 13, 2012

    Califronia #1 followed by Michigan and Oregon
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  20. Colorado Top 10 (in no order):

    New Belgium
    Oskar Blues
    Great divide
    Crooked Stave
    Dry Dock

    Honorable Mentions:

    Bull and Bush
    Denver Beer Co
    Golden City
    Mountain Sun
    Copper Kettle
    Durango Brewing
    Prost Brewing
    River North

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  21. BeerNFoodDood

    BeerNFoodDood Savant (270) Colorado Jul 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    New Belgium
    Great Divide
    Dry Dock
    Crooked Stave

    Boom Roasted......But no California haha
  22. I cant believe those listing cali breweries failed to even mention Sierra Nevada. Oh how spoiled we are!
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  23. I lived in Seattle for a couple years and Maritime I was my fav. Are they still round?
  24. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poobah (1,065) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    I suppose so, but NWI is nicely positioned between Chicago and the western Michigan breweries. Meh, semantics I guess.
  25. mudbug

    mudbug Advocate (595) Oregon Mar 27, 2009

    Completely worthless question as states are not equal in size or population.
  26. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Um... I think you mean South Dakota. Followed closely by West Virginia.
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  27. kona650

    kona650 Savant (305) California Jun 12, 2011

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  28. rolandboy

    rolandboy Savant (250) Michigan Oct 11, 2012

    per capita has nothing to do with quality level. that being said, oregon still puts out some great beer...i just don't think it's #1. cali and michigan take the cake when it comes to consistent quality.
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  29. I initially wrote 2 states and slid a 3rd in based on previous comments...As far as breweries per capita...I think what we are talking about is good breweries per capita, which is up to the individual scientist.
  30. BRLockwood

    BRLockwood Savant (260) Virginia Aug 1, 2005 Subscriber

    No love for NC? Asheville is the number one per capita city in the country! Michigan too!!
  31. MA is probably the highest concentration too, we're a small state with much less room than CA or CO. Add in the distribution we get from a number of excellent breweries in ME, NH, NY etc... I no longer have west coast beer envy.
  32. in my experience Colorado and California
  33. gatornation

    gatornation Poobah (1,285) Minnesota Apr 18, 2007 Beer Trader

    its California followed by Michigan
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  34. DaKur

    DaKur Savant (400) Rhode Island Nov 15, 2012

    I'll say Cali and Vermont. Rhode Island will be on this list in the coming years.
  35. KWMiles

    KWMiles Savant (380) Minnesota Oct 23, 2012

    Every time I read this my brain shits a little.
  36. North Dakota.
  37. CTBeerPope

    CTBeerPope Savant (355) Connecticut Jan 30, 2012 Beer Trader

    Hoping to see CT on one of these lists one day. By the way, anyone wanna give me a business loan?
  38. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poobah (1,110) Hawaii Dec 10, 2002 Beer Trader

    South Carolina
    RJ Rockers
    Holy City
    Thomas Creek
    Aiken Brewing
  39. Keffa

    Keffa Advocate (625) Ohio Jan 8, 2009 Beer Trader


    Seriously shocked Ohio didn't come up before you mentioned it.

    There is a lot of good stuff coming out of this state right now :)
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  40. Mr_Brodie

    Mr_Brodie Aficionado (135) New York Dec 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    People from MA first need to learn how to correctly say the word 'Beer' in order to be considered. It definitely has the highest concentration of annoying drunks.
    Drink ya beeahz in silince please.