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What US state has the best breweries?

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

  1. brewfly

    brewfly Zealot (75) New York Dec 13, 2012

    biased opinion new york brews underrated. have to get to the breweries to find the best stuff though
  2. Well...Vermont. Duh.
  3. I am quite happy with what I can get here in SoCal.
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  4. cetherid

    cetherid Savant (420) Indiana Aug 23, 2010

    Probably Michigan....

    The top 3 states for beer are:


    Put them in any order you want but those are the best.

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  5. Based on personal preference, I would have to say Michigan
  6. brewtaster

    brewtaster Savant (345) Indiana Sep 20, 2008

    While many states have excellent breweries, Three Floyds is, " in my humble opinion", the Meca of craft breweries therefore Indiana gets my vote.
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  7. scootsmal

    scootsmal Savant (260) New York Aug 15, 2012

    The Flowa Powa, Ithaca Brewing
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  8. Michiana!

    This is so true though. You can easily hit all these breweries in a day. Can't really top that.
  9. CoachC

    CoachC Aficionado (165) Florida Nov 25, 2012

    I think NY should get more love in this discussion:

    Southern Tier
    Blue Point
    Captain Lawrence
    Middle Ages
  10. NWer

    NWer Advocate (670) Washington Mar 10, 2009

    Bend followed by Fremont
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  11. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (290) Illinois Nov 27, 2012

    I've always been partial to beers from California, Colorado, and Michigan, but then again, this is hard to say because there are lots of great breweries operating w/ limited distribution, so a lot of us don't see the greatest beers in our neck of the woods. So this is really a tough, relatively unfair question.
  12. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (575) California Dec 12, 2009

    You mean Fargo Brewing? Yeah thas a good one!
  13. 1. California
    2. Michigan

    3. Others (CO, PA, OR, NY) I'd say VT but the good stuff is barely distributed.
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  14. ChanChan

    ChanChan Advocate (575) California Dec 12, 2009

    Ok, fixed!!
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  15. MikeWard

    MikeWard Savant (455) Pennsylvania Sep 14, 2011

    Agree. Very clever
  16. Homer time...SC

    Holy City

    All make great beer
  17. kdmcguire10

    kdmcguire10 Savant (365) Michigan Jul 15, 2011

    California wins with overall quantity, but what if we lined up the top 4 'seeds' head to head:

    Michigan: 1) Founders; 2) Bells; 3) Dark Horse; 4) Kuhnhenn
    California: 1) Russian River; 2) Stone; 3) FW; 4) Alpine

    Slight edge still to California. Very slight.
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  18. Calirado

  19. MarioM

    MarioM Advocate (525) California Sep 13, 2009

    +1 for California.

    Bear Republic
    21st Amendment
    Ballast Point

    and many more...
  20. Prospero

    Prospero Advocate (705) Colorado Jul 27, 2010

    It's between these 3 for sure.
  21. Prospero

    Prospero Advocate (705) Colorado Jul 27, 2010

    Best breweries per capita? Vermont has the quantity per capita, but that wasn't the question.

    As of last month the state only had 23, Denver has that within city limits, which has a smaller population.

    How anybody can omit Colorado from at least the top 3 is beyond me, even my bias opinion aside.
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  22. acelin

    acelin Savant (300) Kansas Feb 14, 2009

    Don't be so stupid.
  23. I believe he was referring to Greg Noonan's series of brewing-by-style manuals that were first published in the 80's - he was the (late) owner of VT Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT.
  24. What's the matter...can't take a joke?
  25. miketd

    miketd Advocate (520) Ohio Mar 2, 2006

    It's already there and I don't care if anybody but us Buckeyes realize it.
  26. SaCkErZ9

    SaCkErZ9 Champion (870) Florida Feb 27, 2005

    Raise up, take your shirt off, twist it 'round your head like a helicopter!
  27. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (615) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Vermont is middle of the road. Three good beers you can't find anywhere and Otter Creek and Long Trail. McNeills is tiny and the bottles are undrinkable. Rock Art is not good, Magic Hat is awful- Harpoon is mainstream, Trapp is nice but would never dream of buying it in a bottle, Bobcat- never been to or seen, from what heard the Vermont Pub and Brewery has been long passed by (has McNeills has) and I don't even know what Zero Gravity is.
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  28. sirsteve42

    sirsteve42 Advocate (605) New York Jan 15, 2009

    Agreed Vermont wins hands down per capita
    Hill Farmstead
    The Alchemist
    Lawsons Finest Liquids
    Long trail
    Magic Hat
    Otter creek
    Rock Art
    Zero Gravity
    Vermont pub and brewery
  29. Flashy

    Flashy Advocate (615) Vermont Oct 22, 2003

    Vermont has three breweries that you can't find and Otter Creek and Long Trail.
  30. gtermi

    gtermi Champion (750) Texas Apr 21, 2010

  32. Hold that thought - three more VT brewerys coming online in the next year - yowza!
  33. Westuh

    Westuh Savant (380) Wisconsin Oct 9, 2012

    Wisconsin really wasn't on this topic very much, sure they arent all AWESOME, but they are pretty good breweries.

    New Glarus
    Central Waters
    Sprecher (i only like their trippel abbey)
    Ale Asylum
    Lake Louie
    MKE Brewing

    and about 15 other breweries that I hate.
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  34. Pa (cont)

    Church Brewing
    Forest & Main
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  35. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Savant (415) Wisconsin Mar 13, 2010

    Totally agree we have awesome brewery's but a lot of them are either local or regional distro so we don't get nearly as much love as some other states/brewerys.
  36. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Washington Sep 12, 2012

    Yes, they are still around and they are still making great beers.
  37. turfy

    turfy Savant (395) Texas Mar 17, 2010

    Having just seen this thread, and without scrolling through the previous 3 pages of responses, and withstanding the pressure of Texas pride, there is only one answer....California.
  38. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    St Louis, Missouri
    Golden, Colorado
  39. In 2 years or so - North Carolina.
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