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Top Craft Beer Region in The U.S.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by jRocco2021, Feb 5, 2013.


What is the best all around region for Craft beer in The United States?

  1. Great Lakes

  2. Mid-Atlantic

  3. Midwest

  4. Mountain

  5. New England

  6. Northwest

  7. Pacific

  8. South

  9. South-Atlantic

  10. Southwest

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  1. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    I can't fix the biased but I can fix the poll so lets try this again.

    Great Lakes: IL, IN, MI, OH, WI
    Mid-Atlantic: DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, D.C.
    Midwest: IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD
    Mountain: CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY
    New England: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
    Northwest: AK, OR, WA
    Pacific: CA, HI
    South: AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, TN
    South-Atlantic: FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV
    Southwest: AZ, NM, OK, TX

    Vote in the Poll and state your case.
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  2. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Voted New England (yes, I'm biased). My case.

    Home of Beeradvocate (and the beerfests), Ebenezers, Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead.
  3. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Aug 4, 2011 New York

    Uhhhhh Vermont
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  4. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    We should make it pacific & pacific NW as ONE category. Slam dunk.
  5. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    That'd be tough to beat.......California and Oregon alone seal the deal.
  6. MrKsBeer

    MrKsBeer Mar 31, 2009 Massachusetts

    It's a toss up for me between Northwest and Northeast, but I went Northeast. Sam Adams is responsible for an unbelievable amount of craft beer drinkers in and of itself. Add to that Magic Hat #9, Harpoon IPA, Allagash White, Heady Topper, Long Trail Double Bag, Mayflower Porter, Ipswitch IPA, Smuttynose OBD... New England is an incredible region for beer.
    NHhomebrewguy and JoeyDankNug like this.
  7. harperman69

    harperman69 Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
    Beer Trader

    I live in the South region, so no bias coming from me. I voted Pacific.

    I assumed (incorrectly I might add) that Oregon was in Pacific so crap. If I could vote over, I would probably go Great Lakes.
    Larkin4beer likes this.
  8. harperman69

    harperman69 Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
    Beer Trader

    I would have agreed somewhat until you added Magic Hat and Harpoon.
    atoulouk likes this.
  9. JoeyDankNug

    JoeyDankNug Aug 4, 2011 New York

    They are highly responsible for the craft beer explosion.even if you take those 2 out add hill farmstead Lawson's finest and Maine beer company
    NHhomebrewguy and HRamz3 like this.
  10. harperman69

    harperman69 Feb 11, 2009 Tennessee
    Beer Trader

    I'm not disputing the region. I just got my first Hill Farmstead beers in a trade today and I already have a Lawson's, so it definitely in the running. Maybe I don't know enough about the history of Magic Hat or Harpoon, because tbh, I had no clue they were that influential.
  11. johnkale

    johnkale Dec 19, 2009 Wisconsin

    I'm a total homer, but New Glarus, 3 Floyds, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, Bell's, Central Waters, Half Acre, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Dark Horse, etc... I don't know, it seems like it makes sense. The wonderful thing is that I know that all parts of the country are producing great beer, so why not extol the beer you get freshest.
    Zaphog, Timbermutt and Larkin4beer like this.
  12. Borkinator

    Borkinator Mar 2, 2011 Vermont

    Going to have to give it to the northeast because of Vermont
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  13. CLively

    CLively Feb 8, 2011 Maine

    Its all almost the same at this point isn't it? In the last 5 years the explosion has brought great craft beer all across the USA...and with excellent brewers and new breweries opening up everywhere and all the time, America is carpeted with good beer. :D
    DemoniChris, nolanz14, Tuey13 and 4 others like this.
  14. MrKsBeer

    MrKsBeer Mar 31, 2009 Massachusetts

    99/100 times, if I give a BMC drinker a #9 or a Harpoon UFO White, it will change their drinking habits completely. I've converted more Bud Light drinkers to craft beer with Magic Hat than I can possibly count. I'm not saying it's the greatest beer in the world, but it has definitely carved out a place for itself as the stepping stone brew. I give them much respect for that.
  15. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    LOL someone voted Southwest.

    They must have thought San Diego was in that zone or something? :confused:
    Beer_lover89, jglowe77 and jRocco2021 like this.
  16. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    I'm in NH but I'm also realistic. It's the Great Lakes, with the way he described the breakdown, by a pretty wide margin:

    Founders, Bell's, New Glarus, Goose Island, 3 Floyds, Central Waters, Revolution, Perennial, Half Acre, Jackie O's, Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, etc.

    Followed by California/Hawaii: Russian River, Alpine, Lost Abbey, Kern River, Alesmith, Ballast Point, 50/50, Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam, etc.

    Closely followed by New England: Hill Farmstead, the Alchemist, Lawsons, Cambridge, Allagash, Maine Beer Company, Jack's Abbey, Sam Adams, etc.

    Again closely followed by Northwest and Mountain: Northwest:Hair of the Dog, Midnight Sun, Deschuttes, Anchorage, Pelican, Logsdon, etc. Mountain: Avery, Great Divide, Crooked Stave, Dry Dock, Funkwerks, New Belgium, Odell, etc.
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  17. mellowmark

    mellowmark Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Sure, if we can make the Great Lakes and Midwest one category. ;)
  18. Rochefort10nh

    Rochefort10nh Sep 30, 2005 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    Chris, are you running for office or something;)!
    jglowe77 and CLively like this.
  19. SadMachine

    SadMachine Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    My question is are we talking about the best as far as PRODUCING craft beer or the best as far as the craft beer scene (i.e. best/most craft beer bars, most wide acceptance of craft beer, etc.)?
  20. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    All things should be considered, which is why I posed the question as I did. Availibility, festivals, the breweries and beers themselves etc. everything.
    What is the best all around region for Craft beer in The United States?
  21. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    I'm surprised Mountains hasn't gotten more votes even if for no other reason than it includes CO.
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  22. yemenmocha

    yemenmocha Jun 18, 2002 Arizona

    Fine with me. Separate poll: Pacific & Pac NW vs... Great Lakes & Midwest
    (and why isn't it in the midwest anyway?)
  23. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Colorado homer. I've traded for all those hype bombs out there, and the only two we dont produce here in Co that is at least as good as the shit I traded for has been heady and juicy. That being said everything else I have tried from founders, bell's, new glarus, FFF, sun king, cigar city, clown shoes, (insert big name brewery here) has been equalled or surpassed by it's Colorado counter part. Shit, there are so many stellar brews here that I have pretty much quit trading with the exception of a friend in NY. Most of the phenom brews that are made here don't get much distro. Trinity brewing, Crooked stave, Dry Dock, Funkwerks, Prost, TrVe, River north, Elevation all have small distribution areas that prevent them from gaining the noteriety of walez. And, at the end of the day, all the big brewers from across the nation come to my hometown once a year and drag all their kegs with them for a week long of beer fueled hedonism called the GABF.
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  24. mellowmark

    mellowmark Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    I kinda wish the OP just used the four regions instead of splitting it up in it's divisions like that.
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  25. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer May 10, 2012 Illinois

  26. seplo

    seplo Sep 8, 2009 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I voted New England but the Great Lakes and Pacific are awesome too....CHEERS
  27. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Great Lakes. Just look in the forums. ;)
  28. draheim

    draheim Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Best craft beer culture? Pacific NW. There is no craft beer here, it's just called beer. And it's everywhere. Home to some of the oldest microbreweries in the country. When I hear people talking about breweries back East founded in the '90s supposedly "starting the craft beer explosion," I do a facepalm.

    Best beer producing region? Pacific (i.e., California). They produce more beers that more of us are drinking than any other region. Some prolific muthafukkas.

    Most outspoken region with an inflated view of its relative importance in the scheme of things? Great Lakes, easily. ;)
  29. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    If this is your criteria, I stand by the Northeast. Not sure where the Northeast ranks in terms of availability, but the Extreme Beerfest is here next week, I believe Hill Farmstead is the number one ranked brewery by ratings, Heady Topper is the number one rated beer, and Ebenezer's is the number one ranked beer bar in the country.

    And finally, two words. Waterbury. Vermont.
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  30. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Regions in the poll are copied directly from the BA forums page. All regional disputes can be directed towards BA.
  31. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Homer pride - Pacific.
  32. dirtylou

    dirtylou May 12, 2005 Washington
    Beer Trader

    These threads make me want to drink more wine.

    Ps. Vermont makes shitty wine
  33. Thickfreakness

    Thickfreakness Oct 2, 2010 New York

    Depends on the style mostly.
    RIS from the Mid-West (Founders, GI, FFF, Surly)
    IPA/IIPA from Pacific (RR, Bootleggers, Stone, Lagunitas, SN, FW, Green Flash, Ballast Point, Bear Republic, etc...)
    Barleywine from the Mid-Atlantic (Weyerbacher Insanity, Victory Oak Horizontal, ST Oak Backburner, DFH Olde School, Smuttynose Barleywine, Troegs Flying Mouflan, East End Gratitude, Brooklyn Monster, Pretty Things Our Finest Regards... etc...)
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  34. Teleweizen2

    Teleweizen2 Oct 27, 2009 New Hampshire
    Beer Trader

    I voted mid-atlantic (shocker) mostly because I live in Jersey, 20 minutes from NYC, an hour from PA, and 6 hours from VT for Alchemist and Hill Farmstead. Yeah I like my area just fine. Oh and 8 hours from my other favorite beer area North Carolina, always a good time down that way.
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  35. mudbug

    mudbug Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Yes, and that's why it isn't one region anymore. Gives those little itty bitty regions a chance
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  36. mudbug

    mudbug Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    I'll put this out there. The majority of BA's (just check the Ba's online) are from the East and Midwest The regions as defined in BA have, up until recently, put the PNW in with California. We in the PNW have been shorted for quite a long time. Most of our beers don't get a wide distribution (We tend to drink them all up) Just you wait, we are new and powerfully (drunk) Things will change by God! Release the Kraken!
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  37. draheim

    draheim Sep 18, 2010 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Move along folks. This guy's clearly had too many crappy infected homegrown Oregon beers. There's nothing up here any of you would want. Now get back to your truck-chasing, line-cutting, ticket-buying ways.
  38. mudbug

    mudbug Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

    Ya, and it rains all the time and dogs die from mold. go away
    maltmaster420 likes this.
  39. Crawbee87

    Crawbee87 Mar 7, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Not in your categories but San Diego and Portland.
  40. UnderJoath

    UnderJoath Jul 29, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Stop deleting threads. I spent 20 minutes on my analysis last night and the damn thing is in the trash, now!
    MrDave likes this.
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