How many U.S. states have you reviewed a beer from?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by JerzDevl2000, Jul 20, 2022.

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How many U.S. states have you reviewed a beer from?

  1. 1-5

    2 vote(s)
    1.3%
  2. 6--10

    3 vote(s)
    1.9%
  3. 11-15

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. 16-20

    7 vote(s)
    4.5%
  5. 21-25

    6 vote(s)
    3.9%
  6. 26-30

    15 vote(s)
    9.7%
  7. 31-35

    13 vote(s)
    8.4%
  8. 36-40

    23 vote(s)
    14.9%
  9. 41-45

    30 vote(s)
    19.5%
  10. 46-50

    55 vote(s)
    35.7%
  1. defunksta

    defunksta Poo-Bah (2,150) Jan 18, 2019 North Dakota
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    33 here. I assume some of mine are lacking on the East Coast and desert/mountain regions of The West.
     
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  2. BigIronH

    BigIronH Poo-Bah (1,935) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    88 countries without trading? Wow. You’ve been to some great stores. I’m estimating I could have access to 10 countries at the max in any given store near me.
     
  3. jonphisher

    jonphisher Poo-Bah (1,526) Aug 9, 2015 New Jersey
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    I’m not sure I ever would’ve tried and Idaho beer otherwise…thanks @colts9016 :slight_smile::beers:
     
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  4. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Disciple (334) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Interesting to see WV being the elusive missing one for most people. Yes we have craft beer here and we have pretty damn good craft beer TBH. I recommend actually visiting and going to a microbrewery as the distribution in state is kinda meh considering the proximity that most of the population is to other states (I live right by Ohio and shop there)
     
  5. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,195) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Right! That's half the damn UN! I'd bet most of us couldn't even name 88 countries just off the top of our head. That's a very impressive stat to me. One of my favorite bars/stores is in Louisville, KY and called Sergios World Beer. It's an epic collection of beer from literally all over the world. I recall one visit where I drank beer from Germany, Belgium, New Zealand, Brazil, and Jordan all in one sitting.

    Next time I make it out that way I will have to do a head count because I am skeptical they have more than 40 nations represented in that place.

    At my best local store I'd be shocked if I could find more than 5 (USA, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Canada?)
     
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  6. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Poo-Bah (1,613) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    Appears many Advocates haven't had or reviewed any beers from South Dakota. There are a lot. Here are two excellent examples: from Sioux Falls, Fernson Lion's Paw Lager & from Rapid City, Lost Cabin SoDank IPA. I've reviewed these and really enjoy them. Cheers!
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  7. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,686) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Why? Did I miss something about a prize for bragging rights? :wink:
     
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  8. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,795) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    you must have missed the sign on the bulletin board at the back of the room :slight_smile:
     
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  9. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,686) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Guess so. I'm always the last to learn. :wink:

    Remember the old adage, "He who dies with the most toys wins?"

    Nope. He who dies with the most toys is dead. Same goes with beer ticks. :wink:
     
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  10. Boone757

    Boone757 Poo-Bah (8,357) Nov 21, 2012 Virginia
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    I did that as a beer challenge one year, try a beer from all 50 states in 1 year. Got it done by Nov, but last few states were tough!
     
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  11. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,795) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey
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    very fair point. my philosophy is that if you enjoy doing it then do it. cheers!
     
  12. schoolboy

    schoolboy Poo-Bah (3,457) Dec 23, 2005 Ohio
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    40 states. 40 Countries. I think both have been stuck there for a while. It's tough to get new ones while still keeping my snobbish standards. Many states (and countries) aren't big on brewing.
     
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  13. moodenba

    moodenba Defender (625) Feb 2, 2015 New York

    16 different states, just over 250 reviews total on BA, maybe 100 foreign reviews. But we were doing tastings 50 years ago.

    In the 70s we didn't review, but we did evaluate, some examples. From 20 states (or more depending on multiple location brewers): CA (Anchor), OR (Blitz), WA (Heidelberg), AZ (A-1), WI (Peoples), CO (Walter), TX (LoneStarDraft=LSD), LA (Dixie), MD (Nat. Boh), PA (Steg), NY (Utica Club), MI (Geyer Bros.), MD (Queen City), NJ (Ballantine Ale), IL (Meisterbrau), KY (Falls City),IA (Dubuque Star), MN (Cold Spring), FL (Duncan), AK (Prinz).
     
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  14. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (4,935) Oct 14, 2009 California
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    Folks, I have another idea for the next Beerfest in Cyberspace: a mixed case from the top twelve (or would it be bottom twelve) reviewed states—featuring beers from West Virginia and North Dakota!
     
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  15. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Meyvn (1,008) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    I'm at 45. Missing:
    Arkansas | 0 | 0% | 0
    Idaho | 0 | 0% | 0
    New Hampshire | 0 | 0% | 0
    New Jersey | 0 | 0% | 0
    South Dakota | 0 | 0% | 0
    Wyoming | 0 | 0% | 0

    Funny enough, I've managed to get the hard ones of ND and WV. For ND, kegs of Drekker have showed up at my neighborhood taphouse. WV is tough unless you visit the state. The surprise for me is NJ. It's a big state with a lot of breweries, but apparently no one distributes this far west.
     
  16. colts9016

    colts9016 Poo-Bah (2,976) Jul 2, 2007 Idaho
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    Nice to hear. Cheers
     
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  17. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (3,112) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!
     
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  18. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (5,525) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Greenbrier Valley Brewing distros to VA, DC and MD. That's about it.
     
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  19. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (5,525) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    I reviewed by 50th state around 7 years ago. I had to trade for about 10 of the states.

    It would also be cool to se which BA's have the most reviews of beers from each state. I'm going to go ahead and claim victory for WV, 135 different beers. :grin:
     
  20. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (2,195) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    I'm probably not even making it to the big tournament. 275 from California. I think Monkish releases that many new beers each year
     
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  21. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Disciple (334) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    Funny enough where I live it's much much much easier to get Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue and 3 Floyds Zombie Dust than Halleck Pale Ale.
     
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  22. Sheppard

    Sheppard Poo-Bah (2,301) Mar 16, 2013 Massachusetts
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    Yeah, I was gonna look this up because I remember them doing a tasting at the bottle shop near where I lived when they first distro'd to Virginia.

    I'm at 35 including DC. My 16 to go are mostly in the South and Upper Plains:
    Alabama | 0 | 0% | 0
    Arkansas | 0 | 0% | 0
    Arizona | 0 | 0% | 0
    Hawaii | 0 | 0% | 0
    Kansas | 0 | 0% | 0
    Kentucky | 0 | 0% | 0
    Mississippi | 0 | 0% | 0
    Montana | 0 | 0% | 0
    North Dakota | 0 | 0% | 0
    Nebraska | 0 | 0% | 0
    New Jersey | 0 | 0% | 0
    New Mexico | 0 | 0% | 0
    Nevada | 0 | 0% | 0
    South Dakota | 0 | 0% | 0
    Utah | 0 | 0% | 0
    West Virginia | 0 | 0% | 0

    I'm not really going out of my way to find these beers, though I think it's cool to have beers from so many different places. I'm about to break 300 for Massachusetts and I want to up my other New England state beers as well.
     
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  23. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,544) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    "Arkansas" being tough to get is kinda strange, since the state did have one of the earliest craft brewers, Riley Lyon in Little Rock, founded by William Lyon and Scott Riley, which released its first beer, Riley Red Lion Ale, in Feb. 1984. So, before Boston Beer and well ahead of most every other existing "craft" brewer except for Sierra Nevada, and at a time when most US states were home to no brewing companies at all (not counting states that had only branches of national or regional breweries).

    According to M. Jackson's S&S Pocket Guide to Beer [1986], Red Lion was:
    "...a well-made, copper-coloured pale ale, with a fresh, fruity acidity in the finish.
    (3 out of 4 stars - 'Worth Seeking Out')".

    Later called Arkansas Brewing Co. when it released a less "challenging" beer, White Tail Lager.

    I guess the state just didn't keep up.:grimacing: Funny 'cause I was able to buy a six of Riley Red Lion Ale in NJ at the time. I think I might even have the sixpack carrier around here someplace, but can't say I've seen it lately...
     
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  24. BJB13

    BJB13 Meyvn (1,220) Feb 18, 2017 Maryland
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    34 states plus DC.
    I definitely had beers from NM and NV and a few others before joining BA.

    Even living in MD, WV beers didn’t come easy. The four that I’ve sampled all came courtesy of a co-worker who was living in WV.
     
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  25. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Poo-Bah (1,613) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    I had Riley Red Lion Ale back in the 1900's/late 1980's. Back then I wasn't in one place for very long and I believe it was in Missouri where I tried it.. I noted then that Legacy Lager from Chicago was even better...Cheers!
     
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  26. heysuz

    heysuz Meyvn (1,347) Nov 18, 2010 Indiana
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    Rated = 22
    Reviewed = 25

    I need the following States.

    District of Columbia | 0 | 0% | 0
    North Dakota | 0 | 0% | 0
    South Dakota | 0 | 0% | 0
    West Virginia | 0 | 0% | 0
     
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  27. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (10,026) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    That's the issue I ran into. Seems that most WV breweries don't distribute much. I got my WV tick by a BA who lives in OH and ran across the border for me.
     
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  28. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,493) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I was lucky to live in the NYC area for a couple of years and found many of the beers from those countries by visiting eateries in neighborhoods with populations from those countries. I also had an advantage of a lot of international travel for work for a handful of years.
     
  29. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,493) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    @cmiller4642 and @Treyliff any recommendations for bars/breweries/beer stores (or stores with a decent selection of WV beers) in the Hurricane area (Dunbar/Hurricane/Winfield) as I will be there this weekend. My searching on the web has not turned up much others than Fruth Pharmacy and The Pallet Bar.
     
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  30. LiquidAmber

    LiquidAmber Poo-Bah (8,849) Feb 20, 2009 Washington
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    Northwesterner. Still need Kansas, Arkansas, West Virginia and Rhode Island. I'm guessing these are some of the really tough ones for most people.
     
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  31. zid

    zid Poo-Bah (1,817) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    OK, I'll do it since you used the magic word… but I only took one can from the store. I don't ordinarily buy beer named after predatory male behavior in bulk. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Landshark. People on BA like to claim that other folks buy Bud and Corona due to the marketing, but comparisons on BA of the flavor of this beer to Corona seem like a product of marketing to me. For my palate, this can of Landshark seemed much more like a United States adjunct lager than a Corona. After drinking it, I noticed that the can states: "brewed and canned by Margaritaville Brewing Co., St. Louis, MO." What! That's not what BA states. I think I'll stick with Cigar City for my Florida tick. I know they're owned by CANarchy in Colorado... which is owned by Monster Beverage in California... and could be brewed in Texas, North Carolina or wherever... but BA has them listed as Florida and what BA states is good enough for me... as long as we're only talking about independent craft beer and not some obfuscating un-independent (dependent?) big beer. Look @JackHorzempa , this is an “island style lager.” It must have island hop extract in it then. (Thanks for letting me have a bit of fun by using your post @dcotom , but I was serious about Landshark being nothing like Corona to me.)

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  32. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (3,112) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    No charge! :slight_smile:
     
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  33. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (2,231) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Ha, you were so close
     
  34. Rug

    Rug Poo-Bah (2,231) Aug 20, 2018 Massachusetts
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    Seems like RI is a big gap for a lot of people here. I couldn't imagine that haha. I've got 38 down so far, and I need to try the following:

    Alabama | 0 | 0% | 0
    Arkansas | 0 | 0% | 0
    Arizona | 0 | 0% | 0
    Idaho | 0 | 0% | 0
    Kansas | 0 | 0% | 0
    Mississippi | 0 | 0% | 0
    Montana | 0 | 0% | 0
    Nebraska | 0 | 0% | 0
    New Mexico | 0 | 0% | 0
    South Carolina | 0 | 0% | 0
    South Dakota | 0 | 0% | 0
    West Virginia | 0 | 0% | 0
    Wyoming | 0 | 0% | 0

    @elNopalero That would be incredible to get a beer box representing the less common states!
     
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  35. monkist

    monkist Meyvn (1,445) Dec 7, 2016 Hungary

    Not enough…
     
  36. GratefulBeerGuy

    GratefulBeerGuy Poo-Bah (3,636) May 20, 2006 New Hampshire
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    Can't seem to get off #37..26 countries.... Since 2006.
     
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  37. JerzDevl2000

    JerzDevl2000 Poo-Bah (4,660) Oct 7, 2005 New Jersey
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    That was tough for me as well, even though it's not that far from here. I'm lucky that I passed through it a few months back, as I'm going for all of the National Parks in the Lower 48 as I hit up New River Gorge on the way home.

    From what I read on this thread that I started, West Virginia was a holdout for quite a few, aside from the obvious states in the south, middle of the country, and northern Rocky Mountain states. I picked up quite a few brews from the Mountaineer State on my way home and there were bit better than I expected. Even when I get to all 50 states, I will still seek out brews from places that I don't have much from, as I feel that the cutting edge will be from locales that aren't heavily into the craft beer scene. If nothing else, the labels from those places will look better in my collection!
     
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  38. Ozzylizard

    Ozzylizard Poo-Bah (5,108) Oct 5, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Reviewed, of course. Ticks don't count.
     
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  39. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,963) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Stuck at 37, still missing 14. Had hoped to get some of these on recent trips to Colorado and Florida, but no;
    • Alabama
    • Arizona
    • Connecticut
    • District of Columbia
    • Mississippi
    • North Carolina
    • New Hampshire
    • New Jersey
    • New Mexico
    • Nevada
    • Rhode Island
    • South Carolina
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia
     
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  40. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (3,553) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    I'm at 49 missing Nevada and West Virginia. My boss is a beer fan as well and takes a western states road trip every year. He normally brings me a mixed 6 for holding down the fort in his absence. I am also 2 hours from Nashville and 4 from Cincinnati both have dramatically different regional craft that doesn't make it to the Midwest.

    I know everyone has been beating up the evil empire for messing up the state counts here, but national craft is guilty as well. California is my #2 state nearly 200 beers, most of which were brewed in Mills River, NC and Richmond, VA. Plenty of my Massachusetts ticks were probably brewed in Ohio. The list goes on...
     
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