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What US state has the best breweries?

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

  1. TheSSG

    TheSSG Savant (410) Illinois Jul 27, 2008

    I concur with the previous: Wisconsin.
    It's got the tradition, but still keeps up with the crowd.

    New Glarus (they do no wrong)
    Ale Asylum (Hoppy without overpowering bitterness)
    Lakefront (The Malt Kings)
    Capital (Beat the Germans at their own game)
    Sprecher (Okay, so their Root beer is actually their best, hahah)
    Central Waters (Stunning stouts)
    Lake Louie (So small, but so good!)
    Gray's (I'm impressed more and more!)
    Point (The MOST underrated brewery in the U.S.)
    Black Husky (I'll put this guy against DFH for "interesting" ideas, hahaha)

    Wisconsin blows my mind. Not to mention, I can get wicked good cheese and pies when I'm there!

    I think the comment about distribution is dead-on. People seem to be going for the widely distributed stuff.
    No one has ever heard of half of these breweries, but I loved bringing Wisconsin stuff out to Arizona.
    The biggest hop heads would fall to their knees, tears in their eyes at the balanced wonder that is Wisconsin brews.
    I still love my home state Two Brothers, but I can't find fault with Wisconsin.
  2. primrose54

    primrose54 Savant (395) Ohio Apr 7, 2009 Beer Trader

    Great Lakes
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  3. BadgerRedAl

    BadgerRedAl Zealot (75) Feb 8, 2013

    Wisconsin makes other states look like a dishevled bunch of homebrewers
  4. digita7693

    digita7693 Advocate (690) Germany Jan 19, 2010 Beer Trader

    Do you people from Wisconsin and the midwest really think Wisconsin holds a candle to the likes of California, Oregon, Colorado and Michigan? Honestly?
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  5. MasterSki

    MasterSki Site Editor (1,095) Ontario (Canada) Dec 25, 2006 Staff Member Subscriber Beer Trader

    Overall? California.
    Per capita? Vermont.
  6. screamking

    screamking Savant (405) Ohio Jan 20, 2013 Beer Trader

    Being from ohio I was raised to hate Michigan. That being said its Michigan.
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  7. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Being from Michigan, I was raised to hate Ohio. That being said, Ohio sucks and Michigan takes it.
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  8. Stone is average at best. Lost Abbey/Port can't even bottle properly. Bruery has been a huge expensive letdown every time I've tried one of their beers. Lagunitas is a bit of a one-trick pony. Bear Republic is OK.

    A lot of what comes out of California is overrated because there are so many Californians. I think Vermont wins because Alchemist makes a product that blows anything made in California, supposedly the source of the best IPAs, completely out of the water. On top of that, Hill Farmstead makes an awful lot of beers that are truly world-class. Quality over quantity always wins in my book - who cares that Cali has dozens of breweries that can make a good IPA? None of them make the best one, and that counts for a lot more in my book. Which is why I'd also put Michigan and Oregon ahead of California.
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  9. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Advocate (665) Michigan Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Just kidding, they're both great.
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  10. unclekeith

    unclekeith Advocate (520) Alaska Sep 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    Looks like there is a strong market for t-shirts that say: "My regional brewery is better than your regional brewery"
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  11. San Diego alone has quite a few of the top breweries, and as a state california takes the cake. Colorado and Oregon are also right up there
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  12. SalukiAlum

    SalukiAlum Advocate (560) Colorado Dec 19, 2010

  13. Beerista

    Beerista Zealot (95) Massachusetts Sep 11, 2012

    Are we doing this again? Groundhog Day was last week.

    KVNBGRY Advocate (635) Florida Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    1. California: The Bruery, Russian River, Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Green Flash..
    2. Colorado: Odell, New Belgium, Great Divide, Funkwerks, Equinox, Oskar Blues, Trinity, Left Hand..
    3. Florida: Cigar City, Intuition, Bold City, Swamp Head, Saint Somewhere, Pinglehead, (Aardwolf in the future)..
  15. You lost me on Florida.

    KVNBGRY Advocate (635) Florida Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    Because you don't like them, or you haven't been there? Or just simply like other states more?
  17. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (650) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    Have to go Vermont on HF alone.
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  18. PA - Victory, Yards, Voodoo, Troegs, Eerie, Weyerbacher.
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  19. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (650) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    I think your 3 IL breweries would be towards my bottom of the list. FS has BA HiFi Rye and who knows if that will be made again. I live very close to two brothers but the majority of their beers are average with very few being very good. half Acre pretty solid.
    IL: Pipeworks, Revolution, Gqoose Island
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  20. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Advocate (550) Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2008 Beer Trader

    Vermont, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania...Florida? I dunno, I guess CA "wins" but there's so many good ones all over.
  21. kawilliams81

    kawilliams81 Advocate (650) Illinois Feb 27, 2009 Beer Trader

    Fl other than CCB most people wouldn't have heard of the other breweries. And, you left Funky Buddha off the list so.....
  22. PORTerCITY

    PORTerCITY Zealot (85) California Feb 9, 2013

    Deschutes!! Abyss!!!
  23. I guess because the FL distributors don't get the Florida beers to Jersey. I've had most of the CA and CO beers but none of the FL. Tell them to spread the word and get them in some Northeast taps.
  24. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (375) Illinois Feb 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    Being that I live in Chicago, I'm pretty partial to our offerings here such as Two Brothers, Goose Island, and Half Acre as these were some of the very first craft brews I could get my hands on. I love Indiana since I am a Three Floyd's fanatic, and I greatly enjoy the selections Michigan has to offer. I love the Midwest!
  25. beerranger

    beerranger Aficionado (230) Massachusetts Jan 10, 2013 Beer Trader

    Like a previous BA said, Vermont per capita. Michigan a close second.
  26. valdieu2

    valdieu2 Savant (365) Maine Feb 23, 2012

    Marshall Wharf
    Rising Tide
    Per Capita it doesn't get any better
  27. TIMJ

    TIMJ Aspirant (35) Minnesota Jan 17, 2013

    Gotta add Minnesota
    Talking the best not most

    Lift bridge
    Steel toe
  28. I am new and have yet to try a cali brew but I would say California and Michigan.
  29. Stevedore

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

    Wisconsin is great, no question, I love it here because of NG's fruit beers and CW's stouts. However, even if I weren't a Michigan native, I'd have to vote for Michigan anyway simply because of Founders and Bell's. This doesn't include Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn's and all the other excellent breweries in the state.
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  30. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Advocate (600) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    Why does everything have to be a competition? o_O
  31. dman5400

    dman5400 Savant (325) Illinois Jan 13, 2011 Beer Trader

    California closely followed by Michigan.
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  32. dumptruck81

    dumptruck81 Savant (470) Texas Dec 28, 2011 Beer Trader

    My dick has the smallest state... Err what ? Seriously though I'd say Cali and CO. Honorable mention would be Great Lakes area and my local vote for TX.

    KVNBGRY Advocate (635) Florida Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I wish all breweries could/would ship nationwide
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  34. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Savant (375) Illinois Feb 14, 2013 Beer Trader

    That would be nice if they did. I would love to be able to get Russian River or some of the other west coast offerings here in Chicago
  35. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Advocate (685) California Apr 17, 2012 Beer Trader


    KVNBGRY Advocate (635) Florida Aug 1, 2012 Beer Trader

    I haven't had the chance to try funky buddha yet! How is it?
  37. dirtylou

    dirtylou Champion (955) Washington May 12, 2005 Beer Trader

    Waterbury, Vermont. Oh, that not a state?

    Then Belgium. Definitely Belgium.
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  38. 1beergeek

    1beergeek Aficionado (155) New Mexico Oct 26, 2012 Beer Trader

    Come on, really? It is so apparent that those of you from the East coast that have never tasted Pliny the Younger have no idea what heaven on earth taste like. I will give a thumbs up to Fat Heads Imperial JuJu and the Headhunter IPA. But by far nothing compares to the Younger, not even the Hopslam!
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  39. MI. founders, dark horse, bells. What more needs to be said.
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  40. I am from wisconsin and i disagree. Central Waters is great, but besides that Michigan blows the rest of the breweries away. I challenge you to name one beer from new glarus that even comes close to founders KBS