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Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Ccads, Apr 15, 2018.
California. Every type is made by someone here.
New York. Because of Ommegang. I could live with that.
I could live with Virginia beers, though I would be sad to lose Sierra Nevada
I live in Illinois and we have a some good breweries here, some you've all heard of, Half Acre, Revolution, Pipeworks and Lagunitas to name a few. The collar counties have many terrific small breweries that have limited distribution. So I'll vote for Illinois.
As a side note, weekend roadtrips can get me to Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin for Bell's, Founders, New Holland, 3 Floyd's, Central Waters, Toppling Goliath and many more.
Michigan. Satisfied all of my beer needs. From crushable session IPAs, to NE Style to top notch barrel aged stouts.
Definitely California. However, I am biased in that I live there (except for this year!) and love so many different beers from so many brewers. Russian River, Modern Times, Bottle Logic, Bruery, Stone, Hangar 24, Abnormal, Firestone, Lost Abbey, Alesmith, Monkish, etc. Every style one might want.
Distance has left a few holes in your knowledge.
Voodoo wasn't left out, that's included in the part of the list that "just goes on and on!" (As are places such as Brew Gentleman, 2SP, Pizza Boy, La Cabra, Bullfrog, Neshaminy Creek, Forest & Main....and the list just goes on and on...)
Also, to help get you up to date, Southern Tier is now brewing in PA as well as NY. (And, believe it or not, there are actually some folks who enjoy their beers.)
Stouts from Cigar City, Cycle, Angry Chair and J Wakefield
Porters and food themed beers from Funky Buddha
Wild Ales/Berliners from Green Bench, Odd Breed, St. Somewhere, Wakefield, Coppertail, Arkane, Hidden Springs
IPAs from Civil Society, Calusa (and wouldn't complain about classics like Crank and Jai Alai)
Meads from Garagiste
^^^and those are just the well known ones^^^
Can walk into a number of spots like MIA, Due South, Wynwood, 7th Sun, Invasive Species and enjoy a great number of well done styles on tap daily.
Plus so many new "hyper-local" breweries popping up all over the state (and I know there's a bunch north of the Tampa/Orlando area I've heard are great too)
I'd be good with Colorado.
Funkwerks, Bierstadt, Comrade, Trve, Odell, Baere alone are enough to keep me happy and satisfied.
CA. Big variety, and that's where my favorite American beer is brewed: North Coast's Old Rasputin.
Too tough to call. No joke here in FL, but from previous residency and travel Michigan, Oregon, and Washington would get votes, and Pennsylvania isn't slouching either.
Such a dilemma!
Lol thanks, dad. Enjoy your Warlock
Oh, I didn't say I liked Southern Tier beers. (But that's OK, I learned long ago that some people can't help jumping to conclusions...)
"dad?" man you are really confused, must be a CO thing.
Belgium. I could quite happily drink just St. Bernardus Abt for the rest of my life.
Ooh ooh, it's definitely (state responder lives in), they have the best! (Five nearest breweries) are amazing!
Texas, because my favorite is Buried Hatchet Stout by Southern Star Brewery in Conroe, Texas.
As would I. Most traditions are represented with a lot of great beer being produced.
While I appreciate the humor in your post, the five nearest breweries to my house I never patronize. My favorite in this state are all a couple hours away from where I live (and in one case, 4 hours).
There's an obvious geographic bias at play for most people- but that seems only logical. You're more likely to have more exposure to breweries that are close by (and in the case of Colorado, no major cities closer than 4 hours to the front range area).
I was clowning around just pointing out how this is sort of a setup question to mostly get everyone fawning over their state's beers. But it is great that lots of states have so much variety along with quality that folks can pretty much have it all wherever you're at. I'd be totally fine living off beer solely from probably 10+ states.
1. California - largest number of breweries with great beers of every style.
2. Vermont - best overall quality, amazing IPAs. Could argue for #1 just for Hill Farmstead, especially their saisons.
3. Michigan - biased answer, but I would not get tired of the stouts (Bells, Founders, Dark Horse), sours (Jolly Pumpkin, Speciation), weird flavored beers (Shorts, Oddside), and NEIPAs (Old Nation, Transient, HOMES). The IPAs aren't quite on the level as those in Vermont and Massachusetts, but a lot better than most places.
4. Massachusetts - amazing NEIPAs, might be higher if the Treehouse stouts were easier to get.
Ohio would work for me
As much as I would love to try stuff from Massachusetts and Vermont, I couldn't imagine not having Hop Juju, Bodhi, Oro Negro, Great Lakes Christmas Ale, White Rajah, Head Hunter, etc... ever again.
And I could take it a step further and say Southern California.
And, if I really, really wanted to, I could take it a step further and say Los Angeles County.
There's a reason I don't have a need to trade for out of state beers.
Call me a homer, I gotta go with Massachusetts. So many options.
Bottlehouse brewing co.
Forgot the best one, Forest and Main
EBB I can't get behind. Beside poor service( stopped going about 2 years ago) the beers they brew are average at best. They had a sour a few years back that I bought growler after growler, other than a few others I just can't enjoy them.
Have the beers got better in the last year or so?
Maybe @russpowell will disagree with me, but Arkansas puts out VERY little beer worth getting excited about (or even drinking in a lot of cases...) Things are starting to get a little better, but I still very rarely buy any local beer. The stuff that gets some hype, BDCS, is almost impossible to get. I had a buddy drink only Arkansas beer for a year. I have no idea how he made it. I may have switched to bourbon by February.
Other than BCDS, not much worth crowing over. Lost Forty does a few Hoppy Beers that are good, but not great
Love local, don’t get me wrong but hands down Vermont.
I'd have to choose between Minnesota, Michigan, and Vermont.
And I'm not sure I could do that.
Tree House isn't terribly expensive if you don't buy it by the case. Budget beers that are good are Fort Hill and Aeronaut. I guess I'd pick Massachusetts beers based on the fact that i'm here defending them.
Can't forget Fiddlehead, and a VT would very easily be my choice as well.
Your definition of budget beers is much different than mine. A budget beer for me is homebrew, average beer is Founders 15pk, expensive is a 14 dollar 4 pack.
Yep, go ahead and "homer" me up but I need to get some Oregon love here so I'm going with my home state. Honestly though, I think a high percentage of some of our best offerings don't get packaged and/or are not distributed much out of state (if at all) but just in the last couple minutes or so reading through this thread, a strong case was made in my head for Oregon. Boneyard, Barley Brown's, Heater Allen, pFriem, de Garde, Fort George, Block 15, Sunriver, Pelican, etc...and without even scratching Portland. Tons more up there (Breakside, Bridgeport, HUB, Ex Novo, etc.) as well as countless local taps to boot. Cheers!
Oregon isn't even close. Cut out Portland and you have little. Sorry but just the truth. I didn't vote for NJ cause they aren't close either.
Right...cause there's nothing going on in Bend, or on the Coast, or in the Gorge.
I suppose I’ll make the token California list
I mean seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches. California is #1 and it’s not even close.
(Pours out a beer for Alpine)
MA. From what I’ve tried from them so far I could have nothing but Tree House and be satisfied for quite a while.
California, because the respective styles often stack with best; the line crawl often subdued & the weather therein sublime. You also can't underestimate flight time to Maui, just in case lows in 40s is too cold for your beer activities!
Lastly, lust propels everything West thus future proofing prospective top shelf, no brainer really. #PopularVote
P.S. Kush making its way into IPA too, viva la 4.20
Missouri would be a good choice for me. Boulevard Wheat is my favorite quencher. They make good Belgian brews too. Perennial makes damn good stouts. Schlafly gives me a great pumpkin fix with their pumpkin ale for the Fall. Some vintages of their oak aged barleywine have been lights out too.