Beers from only one state for the rest of your life

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ccads, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Ccads

    Ccads Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2018 Massachusetts

    Ok,my co worker and I have this debate all the time. If you could only have beer from one state for the rest of your life, what would it be?
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  2. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (235) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Michigan for me. Bells and Founders FTW
  3. mkh012

    mkh012 Zealot (503) May 7, 2015 New Jersey

    Probably Mass. Trill, Tree House, Night Shift. Works for me.

    My home state of NJ is actually solid, with Kane, Carton, Magnify, Twin Elephant, and a few other good breweries.
  4. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (257) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

  5. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (1,947) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Probably California, but I could easily live with Ohio as well. (Or even *gasp* Michigan.)
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  6. drunkenmess

    drunkenmess Zealot (586) Mar 27, 2015 Michigan

    Yep prolly my state. Quite the selection of gravy beers.

    Dark Horse
    Old Nation
    New Holland

    Just to name a few :wink:
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  7. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (235) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Do you really want to pay treehouse and trillium prices for every beer? What are the budget beers besides sam Adams that are easily available to get. Distribution is a consideration after all at least when I said Michigan.
  8. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Disciple (385) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'm obviously partial to Pennsylvania because I have easy access to those beers, but I'll put Victory & Troeg's up against anyone's. If not PA, then probably California.
  9. rudiecantfail

    rudiecantfail Disciple (385) Aug 9, 2011 Pennsylvania

    River Horse is some quality stuff, too.
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  10. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Aspirant (257) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    If I didn't live in PA, I also would have said CA.
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  11. MrRB

    MrRB Initiate (128) Oct 30, 2017 Connecticut

    It's gotta be VT: Alchemist, Lawson's, Foley Brothers, Four Quarters, Hill Farmstead...
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  12. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (235) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    Von trappe! Good thing there isn't only one state and we can have great beer from most states!
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  13. laketang

    laketang Savant (948) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois

    I love Chicago's beers. Having said that my choice is clear... Michigan!
  14. TealTokterFest

    TealTokterFest Initiate (0) Apr 15, 2018 Ohio

    Ohio, because I'm a Great Lakes fanboy.
  15. islay

    islay Initiate (191) Jan 6, 2008 Minnesota

    I'll assume you don't just want people to plug their home states. California features the best breweries in the country in terms of both quantity and quality. The, say, 50th best brewery in California, whatever that is, I'm sure is a lot better than the 50th best brewery in any other state. In fact I'm sure the 50th best brewery in California would rank in the top 10 in most other states.
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  16. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,001) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota

    Odd as it may sound, Oklahoma. Looking at my top favorites, the number one brewery for me is Prairie.

    Was tempted to say Wisconsin because I really like the Central Waters many BA beers.
  17. hopsputin

    hopsputin Meyvn (1,267) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    New Jersaforniachussetsont
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  18. lordofthewiens

    lordofthewiens Poo-Bah (4,413) Sep 17, 2005 New Mexico

    Maine, of course.
    Allagash, Foundation, Maine Beer Company, Bissell Brothers, ...
  19. JayORear

    JayORear Savant (997) Feb 22, 2012 New York
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    You have this debate "all the time"?
  20. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (2,456) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I'd pick California just due to size and quantity, with a good deal of quality mixed in there.
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  21. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (9,829) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania

    Another vote for PA: Victory, Stoudts, Troegs, Yards, Draii Laag, Weyerbacher, Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh, Southern Tier, Roy Pitz, Earth Bread + Brewery, Brewery Techne, Free Will, Hidden River, Sterling Pig, Highway Manor, Tired Hands, Stickman, Sly Fox, Saint Benjamin, Evil Genius, Dock Street, Manayunk... the list just goes on and on!
  22. JackRWatkins

    JackRWatkins Defender (620) Nov 3, 2014 Alabama

  23. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,326) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    Well, there are several answers, all of which would be correct:

    Wisconsin. New Glarus alone would qualify them. All the rest of their beers are just a bonus.

    California. Quantity, quality, and variety.

    Oregon. Bend, Hood River, Tillamook, and Astoria by themselves would qualify them. Oh, there's a place called PDX too.

    But, the mostest correctest answer is Washington.

    The rest are fighting for 5th.
  24. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Aspirant (218) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    DEUTSCHLAND. The vast majority of styles that come out of Germany are much more approachable and I can drink more of them, compared to Belgium. Also, most of the German styles are much cheaper than anything that comes out of Belgium.
  25. CNoj012

    CNoj012 Meyvn (1,416) Dec 7, 2014 New York
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    Homer shout out to New York. I could live off of just Other Half and Evil Twin, but also Industrial Arts, Prison City, Suarez, Singlecut, Sloop, LIC, Hudson Valley, Saranac, Southern Tier to name a few more.
  26. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (1,788) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Live in CA, and I'll take Oregon with little thought.
  27. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,438) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, thinking the same thing- New York for quality and variety's sake, particularly in the German and Belgian styles .
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  28. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (521) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    I'd have to think about it more to decide whether Mass would be my answer as well (I'm inclined to think Vermont on first blush). But to answer your question about affordable good quality brews available in stores everywhere just off the top of my head:

    Jack's Abby
    Night Shift
    Fort Hill
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  29. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,589) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    That's a great list, no doubt. Add Brew Gentlemen & Dancing Gnome, then it becomes it even better. Cheers.
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  30. Fat_Maddox

    Fat_Maddox Initiate (26) Apr 8, 2018 Massachusetts

    I think I'd have to go with Vermont, you get the big time breweries like Hill Farmstead, Burlington Beer Co and others, but you also get the good budget beers like Otter Creek, Long Trail, and then there are breweries like River Roost that you can't get anywhere other than the brewery. Never mind, Alchemist, Frost, Foley Brothers, Foam, Lawson's and Upper Pass.
  31. CNoj012

    CNoj012 Meyvn (1,416) Dec 7, 2014 New York
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    Good call on Belgians! I totally forgot Ommegang
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  32. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,589) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I can't pick one, to be honest. I could pick a few. For the sake of argument and the "look at me" factor, I'll go with NY, simply because no one else has staken claim. If you don't know what NY is offering right now, you need to get off your couch and spend less time watching the news. They only report bad stuff. I'm here to report that NY is making major waves on the craft beer scene. Ridiculous. And a lot of it can be had via a city block trek. Cheers.
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  33. Shanex

    Shanex Champion (820) Dec 10, 2015 France

    I was going to make the BELGIUM crack but fuck me, someone was faster.

    Hence I will go with California. For IPAs, and Michigan for Stouts. Damned if I name two States, right? Cheers.
  34. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,589) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Did Southern Tier change their zip code?
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  35. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (1,589) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I can't even... cheers, my brother!
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  36. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Meyvn (1,434) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    Easy choice
  37. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Devotee (429) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts

    The State of Greensboro Bend
  38. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,253) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    I'll go along with your selections, except that you can switch the Michigan and Ohio in the wording. (Even though I'm a native Buckeye.)

    I'll also add the great state of Portland and its large suburb called Oregon.
  39. Shanex

    Shanex Champion (820) Dec 10, 2015 France

    Belgium for Triples (Westmalle), Belgian Strong Pale Ale (Duvel) and Saison (DuPont). Have we reached a consensus?

    Cheers back at ya.
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  40. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (818) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey