The Best Craft Brewery in Every State - Thrillist Article

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  1. BeerGlassesCollector

    BeerGlassesCollector Zealot (523) Nov 11, 2002 Cyprus

    Interesting article. Even more interesting to see with how many you agree...

    Here's the article
  2. BeerseAnyone

    BeerseAnyone Initiate (45) Oct 5, 2017 Ohio

    Taking reins in the South is legendary beer scribe and journalist Ale Sharpton.

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  3. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,604) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    Fremont was the predictable candidate from Washington, although there are a few others I like better. I agree with Pfriem for OR. Also predictable was the Wyoming entry. Their expansion might not have hurt them, but their behavior has. The facility here is barely hanging on, and might be shuttering soon.
  4. BeardedWalrus

    BeardedWalrus Initiate (156) Jun 5, 2018 North Carolina

    Not surprised that Burial got the nod for NC. Though personally I'd put Fonta Flora and Wooden Robot on par with them.
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  5. MNAle

    MNAle Meyvn (1,037) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    The could be applied to a number of the other states as well. This article seems to be rather lazily put together.
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  6. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (10,359) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    Bayou Teche in Louisiana? I call BS on that. Abita, no, but not Bayou Teche, no as well.
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  7. drinkin-beeers

    drinkin-beeers Disciple (351) Jan 29, 2014 Montana

    Thrilling is whack. Don’t believe this at all. Lewis and Clark isn’t even the best brewery in town. Here are the top Montana breweries.
    Blackfoot River
    Draught Works
    Thirsty Street
    Mountains Walking
  8. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,400) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    Staying local here, I can understand Kane for NJ. Other Half for NY, not so much.
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  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,719) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    From my recent visit to Louisiana I would suggest that Gnarly Barley is the best craft brewery there.

    Who would be your 'winner'?


    P.S. Second place would go to Urban South.
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  10. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (2,681) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Gotta say the Florida write up was spot on...I’d also mention Aardwolf in Jacksonville, Funky Buddha in Oakland Park and Swamp Head in Gainesville as three more fine breweries to visit and tip a few.
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  11. BeanBump

    BeanBump Disciple (316) Dec 14, 2016 California

    I think CA is off the mark
  12. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (5,318) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    It seems like some states they went for the well-known large regional breweries. But then for others (like PA), they specifically passed over the established places.

    Colorado's selection of Ska seems odd, considering the history of places like Oscar Blues, Avery, Great Divide, New Belgium, etc. The Ska beers I have had didn't stand up to those other stalwarts.
  13. NYRunner

    NYRunner Initiate (26) Nov 5, 2018 New York

    I like Other Half: I've stopped there on my way back from Ikea. Of course, I'll have to sample all of the other craft breweries to see if it's the best!
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  14. meefmoff

    meefmoff Zealot (543) Jul 6, 2014 Massachusetts

    Hard to argue with Treehouse for Mass I guess, though my vote would go to Jack's Abby (especially if it includes Springdale, which it probably should).

    The weird thing that stood out to me was this for Brew Gentlemen in Pittsburgh:

    "Their portfolio offers no gimmicks, attempts at trend chasing, or half baked efforts."

    Didn't they make their name on hazy IPAs? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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  15. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (836) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I can only comment on NJ and I think Kane is the right choice.
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  16. OldLady

    OldLady Devotee (479) Apr 25, 2006 Connecticut
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    Disagree with Kent Falls in CT.
    Counter Weight
    Fox Farm
    Any of those three is more suited for the title.
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  17. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,509) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    If there's one thing that represents NYC, it's a profound lack of diversity. Wait...wut? :rolling_eyes::wink::grin:

    DISKORD Aspirant (219) Feb 28, 2017 North Carolina

    I can't speak for every state, but seems like a solid list. From the ones I'm familiar with.
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  19. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,400) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    But diversity is not one of the Thrillist factors that plays into their definition of “Best.” Did I mention I thought the criteria for their definition of “Best” was lacking? I guess I’ll have to wait for the Paste version of this article!
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  20. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,509) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, it seems- just a little lacking :wink:.

    I guess diversity would be a part of my criteria if I were to do such a thing, although it might not even be a deal-breaker. But, really, I was just getting in a tongue-in-cheek dig at the OH Bros, there :sunglasses:.
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  21. Justonemore91

    Justonemore91 Initiate (35) Nov 24, 2018 New York

    I can see that as they the put put more hits then misses...this is a brewery that produces 1000s of cases of beer a week and doesn't need distribution
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  22. zid

    zid Savant (921) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    Is there a NY brewery that you would have put on a list like this?
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  23. sportscrazed2

    sportscrazed2 Aspirant (297) Mar 29, 2010 Indiana

    Half Acre is the best in IL? Or just the most popular? Is Stone better than Sierra Nevada? So subjective
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  24. TheGent

    TheGent Meyvn (1,400) Jun 29, 2010 New Jersey
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    I don’t know how many cases they produce a week, but I get your point and would agree with what I assume you think is an impressive aspect of their business model.

    Probably. And probably one that offers more diversity and nuance. That was the thought behind my comment. Comes back to the definition of “Best.” Grimm (more so), Three’s (more so) Interboro, Industrial Arts? Maybe something upstate I’m not aware of? Your thoughts?
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  25. Justonemore91

    Justonemore91 Initiate (35) Nov 24, 2018 New York

    I can see grimm taking the win also... They were winning blind tastings before they even opened up their brewery.. Now that there more hands on the quality of theirs beers have been glorious... This batch of double negative has me running back for more[​IMG]
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  26. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,638) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina

    I'd agree with Buriel over a wider net of offerings, I'd also add Resident Culture makes the better hoppy beers. Funny, I don't care that much for Surf Wax or Gang of Blades, but the rest of Buriel beers I've had are top notch, I happen to think Scythe is easily the best hoppy beer they make.
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  27. rgordon

    rgordon Champion (862) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I think Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is also the best beer in North Carolina. It is great every time.
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  28. GOBLIN

    GOBLIN Meyvn (1,249) Mar 3, 2013 Ohio
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    I was really hoping to see Columbus Brewing Co. represent Ohio . . . Jackie O's does a fine job but CBC is simply fantastic !
    Yes it is. I sometimes go a couple months between purchases. Every time I pick up a sixer I am amazed . . . Crazy !
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  29. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,016) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    I like the BlackBerry Farm choice for Tennessee... their lineup is stellar, authentic and damn delicious....
  30. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,719) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    What beer styles do you prefer from BlackBerry Farm? I had the opportunity to drink one of their Saisons at a beer bar in Memphis and while I am a big fan of Saisons that BlackBerry Saison had phenolics (medicinal flavors) that were off-putting for me.

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  31. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,687) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Man l love lists...I’ve had beers from 24 of the breweries listed
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  32. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,604) Sep 24, 2007 Washington

    27 for me (just off memory, there might be a couple more).
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  33. MusicBeer_1961

    MusicBeer_1961 Initiate (108) Feb 23, 2014 Nebraska

    I can absolutely speak to and agree with the choice in Nebraska of Kros Strain Brewery in La Vista (an Omaha suburb).. Their Fairy Nectar Double Dry Hopped London is a absolute killer New England IPA.. And about twice a month, I drive to their brewery tap room and score multiple Krowlers of it..

    If you’re traveling to the Omaha area, Kros Strain Brewery and tap room is a must visit for craft beer fans..

  34. zid

    zid Savant (921) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    To be clear, I didn't ask you because I disagreed with your criticism... I was just interested in seeing what you liked. Having said that, I think Other Half fits on their list well. "Best" is obviously used loosely and not to be taken too literally (for anything like this). Let's also keep in mind that it seems like the decisions were made by a single person for each region. (None of this is meant to be taken negatively toward Other Half or this list.)

    I see their list as a collection of breweries with a considerable presence of some form (and a reputation that complements it). Be it a niche specialized brewery or a Sierra Nevada. Be they "diverse" or focused... "nuanced" or sledgehammers. I disagree with their opening comment that "Other Half has moved solidly from the young upstart category to certified national beer celebrity status," because I'm assuming that "international" might even state it better. Just going with my gut here, but I doubt there's a NY brewery that has more beer geeks outside of the US fawning. That seems like reason enough to pick them.

    Personally, I like drinking Suarez and Barrier and I don't have any others in NY close. There are other brewers that seem to make very good product that just aren't my cup of tea... and others that make a small amount of beers I really like and a bunch of beers I really don't. I can't attach the word "best" to stuff like this though. I don't think in terms of the "best," but rather, my favorites.

    Sorry for the wordy post. I blame you for asking for my thoughts. :wink: I was just curious what brewery you'd consider.
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  35. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,461) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    Glad to see my choice for best NY brewery was not on the list.
    Excellent observations.

    I'm always glad to see my pick for best brewery in NY State kept off of lists of this kind. Other Half a great choice, lots of existing hype and folks already staying overnight for can releases.

    And no one will be surprised I am completely on board with Kent Falls pick as best Conn. brewery
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  36. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (2,234) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    The correct answer for NY is Suarez
    I'm glad they selected Other Half

    I think Kane is the right answer for NJ but I like Carton better.
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  37. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,016) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    They are a saison-heavy brewery and I like almost every one I've tried... their classic and seasonal seasons (Winter, Spring,etc...) are particularly nice... they do some nice fruited beers as well.. Buckwheat Strawberry comes to mind.. also a big fan of their Belgo Brett IPA... they did a collab with Evil Twin recently...Jeppe something or other that was really well done too... their stuff can be a little steep for everyday drinking but I adore that crew over there...
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  38. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,610) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    If I was pressed, based off of the beer that I have had from there

    Parish (solid brewery, simply knocks it out of the park with IPA's [Ghost in the Machine] and APA [Envie])
    Great Raft (DIPA [Grace and Grit] solid saisons, mixed ferm, belgian and a good grip on darker beers)
    Gnarly Barley (they are slinging some mean NEIPA, but that is the limit of my experience with them)

    Never in my life would I have put Bayou Teche Brewery in even the top 10
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  39. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,247) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    Ska for CO... dafuq?
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  40. SouthernSips

    SouthernSips Initiate (73) Aug 7, 2018 Mississippi

    Parish is the obvious choice here and is a pretty serious omission from this list as far as I'm concerned. I mean, DDH GITM is the #11 IPA globally on untappd, Reve is awesome coffee stout that I've never heard one person not geek out about after drinking, then there's bloom and regular and DDH, Envie, pretty much the entire SIPS line, their collaborations with Spindle Tap and the Answer, etc. They're putting out amazing stuff...

    Bayou Teche not being in the top 10 might be a little harsh, but yeah, I agree there are definitely several others I'd put before them.
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