Beers from only one state for the rest of your life

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

  1. Zorro

    Zorro Poo-Bah (4,258) Dec 25, 2003 California

    California. Every type is made by someone here.
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  2. shadyside

    shadyside Aspirant (291) Feb 27, 2011 Georgia

    New York. Because of Ommegang. I could live with that.
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  3. Riff

    Riff Crusader (708) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    I could live with Virginia beers, though I would be sad to lose Sierra Nevada
  4. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Defender (624) May 5, 2015 Illinois

    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.
  5. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (220) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan

    Michigan. Satisfied all of my beer needs. From crushable session IPAs, to NE Style to top notch barrel aged stouts.
  6. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Poo-Bah (1,795) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    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.
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  7. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,540) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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.)
  8. HeartofMiami

    HeartofMiami Crusader (785) Sep 20, 2014 Florida


    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)
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  9. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,343) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    I'd be good with Colorado.

    Funkwerks, Bierstadt, Comrade, Trve, Odell, Baere alone are enough to keep me happy and satisfied.
  10. dirtyharry2489

    dirtyharry2489 Initiate (168) Aug 2, 2012 West Virginia

    CA. Big variety, and that's where my favorite American beer is brewed: North Coast's Old Rasputin.
  11. pjbear05

    pjbear05 Initiate (156) May 28, 2008 Florida

    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!
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  12. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Disciple (384) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Lol thanks, dad. Enjoy your Warlock :nauseated_face::nauseated_face:
  13. drtth

    drtth Poo-Bah (3,540) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    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. :sunglasses:
    #93 drtth, Apr 16, 2018
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  14. patto1ro

    patto1ro Zealot (515) Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands

    Belgium. I could quite happily drink just St. Bernardus Abt for the rest of my life.
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  15. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Zealot (513) Nov 23, 2017 California

    Ooh ooh, it's definitely (state responder lives in), they have the best! (Five nearest breweries) are amazing!
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  16. Robert_G

    Robert_G Aspirant (291) May 23, 2014 Texas

    Texas, because my favorite is Buried Hatchet Stout by Southern Star Brewery in Conroe, Texas.
  17. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Crusader (778) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania
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    As would I. Most traditions are represented with a lot of great beer being produced.
  18. Dan_K

    Dan_K Devotee (468) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    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).
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  19. BayAreaJoe

    BayAreaJoe Zealot (513) Nov 23, 2017 California

    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.
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  20. aluminum_monster

    aluminum_monster Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2018 Michigan

    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.
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  21. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (258) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Ohio would work for me

    Columbus Brewing
    Hoof Hearted
    Great Lakes
    Fat Head's
    Jackie O's
    Brew Kettle
    Mad Tree
    Seventh Son
    Hoppin' Frog

    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.
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  22. jnance88

    jnance88 Initiate (110) Jun 10, 2014 California

    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.
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  23. HeavyDandtheGirls

    HeavyDandtheGirls Initiate (196) Mar 7, 2014 Massachusetts

    Call me a homer, I gotta go with Massachusetts. So many options.
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  24. BruChef

    BruChef Initiate (181) Nov 8, 2009 New York

    Bottlehouse brewing co.
  25. Giantspace

    Giantspace Defender (641) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    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?

  26. jvgoor3786

    jvgoor3786 Meyvn (1,433) May 28, 2015 Arkansas
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    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.
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  27. russpowell

    russpowell Poo-Bah (8,614) May 24, 2005 Arkansas
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    Other than BCDS, not much worth crowing over. Lost Forty does a few Hoppy Beers that are good, but not great
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  28. ShawnoftheD3ad

    ShawnoftheD3ad Initiate (130) Mar 20, 2016 Illinois

    Love local, don’t get me wrong but hands down Vermont.
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  29. ovaltine

    ovaltine Poo-Bah (2,173) Apr 6, 2010 Indiana
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    I'd have to choose between Minnesota, Michigan, and Vermont.

    And I'm not sure I could do that.
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  30. mannrw61

    mannrw61 Initiate (35) Nov 30, 2017 Massachusetts

    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.
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  31. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,569) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    Can't forget Fiddlehead, and a VT would very easily be my choice as well.
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  32. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (234) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    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.
  33. TheBricenator

    TheBricenator Initiate (32) Nov 13, 2007 Oregon

    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!
  34. Prep8611

    Prep8611 Aspirant (234) Aug 22, 2014 New Jersey

    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.
  35. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (1,787) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    Right...cause there's nothing going on in Bend, or on the Coast, or in the Gorge.
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  36. TrojanRB

    TrojanRB Meyvn (1,133) Jul 27, 2013 California
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    I suppose I’ll make the token California list

    Russian River
    Sierra Nevada
    Firestone Walker
    Modern Times
    The Bruery
    Ballast Point
    Bottle Logic
    El Segundo
    Knee Deep
    Mikkeller SD

    I mean seriously, it’s an embarrassment of riches. California is #1 and it’s not even close.

    (Pours out a beer for Alpine)
  37. pro100

    pro100 Initiate (82) Oct 12, 2014 California

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  38. jkinzey

    jkinzey Initiate (82) Aug 25, 2014 Florida

    MA. From what I’ve tried from them so far I could have nothing but Tree House and be satisfied for quite a while.
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  39. MakeCAHazyGreatAgain

    MakeCAHazyGreatAgain Initiate (38) Jan 16, 2018 California

    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! :grin::crazy_face:

    Lastly, lust propels everything West thus future proofing prospective top shelf, no brainer really. #PopularVote :money_mouth::heart_eyes:

    P.S. Kush making its way into IPA too, viva la 4.20

    #119 MakeCAHazyGreatAgain, Apr 17, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
  40. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (309) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    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.
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