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. mellowmark

    mellowmark Aspirant (263) Mar 31, 2010 Minnesota
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    The regions you used are not regions but divisions within regions. BA didn't make them, they existed long before.
  2. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    I accidentally submitted the thread before it was finished and they deleted the one with the finished poll so I had to do it over sorry dude. Carl Weathers wouldn't have let them throw it away, there was plenty of meat on those bones. :grinning:
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  3. Immortale25

    Immortale25 Poo-Bah (3,061) May 13, 2011 North Carolina
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    I wanna know who the one person is that voted for the South so I can call them a liar.
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  4. woooobeer

    woooobeer Initiate (0) Aug 15, 2013 New Jersey

    Where the hell is north east ....
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  5. LampertLand

    LampertLand Poo-Bah (1,731) Nov 2, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    A little love for the PNW from the Canadian side of this discussion ...
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  6. Chiefy770

    Chiefy770 Devotee (426) Aug 20, 2011 Illinois

    I voted Great Lakes because I am biased but in my defense, Great Lakes Brewing, Bells', Founders, Goose Island, New Glarus, and Three Floyds... just to name a few. Big-time breweries out here that are relevant around the country. This is not to dismiss other breweries out there (there are some mighty fine ones all over the Country) but it seems like the Great Lakes is pretty stacked.
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  7. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington Meyvn (1,083) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I guess NJ is mid Atlantic and then the rest of the northeast is New England.
  8. dalepryor

    dalepryor Initiate (0) Aug 30, 2007 Kentucky

    The region i live in would be considered the south and i would love to know how where i live is not considered for a great place to be for craft beer. For example i can locally here in west kentucky can get all kinds of great things just in my state alone and i can get to atleast three other states in less than an hour and a half which will present all kinds of new craft beer choices for me. Just add all the distrobution for kentucky, illinois, missouri and tennessee and tell me that doesnt equal an awesome craft beer region.
  9. sacrelicio

    sacrelicio Initiate (0) Feb 15, 2005 Minnesota

    Throw MN in with the Great Lakes and checkmate.
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  10. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Zealot (552) Aug 25, 2013 New York
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    i like where the mid atlantic is right now and it is only getting better..sixpoint, ommegang, dogfish, victory, to name a's human nature to pick sides like this and a little friendly competition is always fun but let's not forget the big picture in regards to the fact that the entire world is watching and has been inspired by what america's craft scene is times to be a part of
  11. Dope

    Dope Poo-Bah (2,384) Oct 5, 2010 Massachusetts

    Yeah, realistically I don't see how you could vote for anything but the great lakes region. Founders and Three Floyds alone account for a significant amount of the top portion of a lot of american-style beer lists. Nevermind Bell's, Kuhnhenn, Goose Island, New Glarus, Great Lakes, Surly, way too many to list.

    I live in the Boston area, not biased at all.

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  12. SudsTerkel

    SudsTerkel Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2012 Colorado

    For anybody who's attended GABF, BA's regional breakdowns roughly parallel their demarcations. I voted the straight Mountain ticket because it's most familiar to me as I live in CO but do travel for work and put a big shout out for the Great Lakes where there's some outstanding innovation taking place there: GLBC, Fatheads, Bells,Thirsty Dog, Dark Horse, Southern Tier, etc...
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  13. CraftFan5

    CraftFan5 Crusader (755) May 14, 2013 New Jersey
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    Since Pacific and NW were divided, it was easy to pick Great Lakes (Founders, FFF, Bell's). If Pacific and NW were combined then it would be a no-brainer.
  14. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,186) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I find the beer scene in Vermont to be the most interesting in our country personally. Such awesome brewers that have set up shop and operate like backwoods mad scientists. Its like the brewery version of Field of Dreams or the Woodstock festival. Brew it and they will come!
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  15. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (837) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Not if you also made New England and Mid-Atlantic ONE
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  16. Beer_lover89

    Beer_lover89 Disciple (347) Aug 9, 2013 Texas
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    Wow the southwest really sucks :slight_frown:
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  17. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    3 Floyd's
    New Glarus
    Local Option
    Half Acre
    Central Waters
    New Holland
    Jolly Pumpkin
    Brewery Vivant
    Great Lakes
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  18. MrDave

    MrDave Devotee (466) Jan 23, 2013 California
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    The list game?!? I wanna play!

    Russian River
    Kern River
    Firestone Walker
    The Bruery
    Sierra Nevada
    Bear Republic
    North Coast
    Green Flash
    21st Amendment
    Port / Lost Abbey

    ...that was fun.
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  19. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Ooh, can I play too?

    Ale Apothecary
    Bale Breaker
    Big Al
    Big Time
    Black Raven
    Block 15
    Boundary Bay
    De Garde
    Diamond Knot
    Double Mountain
    Elliott Bay
    Glacier Brewhouse
    Hair of the Dog
    Heater Allen
    Iron Goat
    Midnight Sun
    Naked City
    Old Schoolhouse
    Red Peak
    Reuben's Brews
    Schooner Exact
    Silver City
    Snipes Mountain
    Snoqualmie Falls
    Sound Brewery
    Two Beers
    Walking Man

    Oh, and for those keeping score at home, that's for a region with much smaller population than that of either the West Coast or Great Lakes region.
  20. MrDave

    MrDave Devotee (466) Jan 23, 2013 California
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    Maybe I forget how to play this game, but I thought the idea was to list only exceptional breweries. If I'm not mistaken, you now have to drink a beer from each sub-par brewery you listed before your second attempt.
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  21. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    My pleasure.
  22. ONovoMexicano

    ONovoMexicano Poo-Bah (2,849) Jun 14, 2012 New Mexico
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    Popularity contests are always fun; I just never realized the majority of BAers were from the Great Lakes region.
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  23. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Fixed that for you
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  24. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    I wasn't saying that I think my list is bigger than yours, I just like my list better.
  25. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Isn't that the point of this thread? We all like our list better.
    ...OK, except for the South :stuck_out_tongue:
  26. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    I'm not argueing or making anything a competition though, I find myself trading with the West & the East equally.
  27. NHhomebrewguy

    NHhomebrewguy Zealot (577) Apr 9, 2012 New Hampshire
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    I agree, those are both great "gateway drugs" into craft beers. You could also throw Sam Adams and Long Trail into the mix...
  28. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Fair enough. OP's question asked for the "top craft beer region" so it's asking for a competition/pissing contest. I don't really trade at all any more, now that I know that very little from anywhere else surpasses what I can get far more easily here at home.
  29. Jake1605

    Jake1605 Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2009 Missouri

    By state I think California & Oregon are tied, mainly because I'm into funky & sour so I should be voting for the West coast, but there's a special place in my heart for Founders, 3 Floyd's & New Glarus. Bell's is unstoppable, gotta love the Chicago scene, it's booming. Otherwise I hate Chicago. I dunno, I was born in California & have family there but I find myself in Chicago more often so I have to give them the edge.
  30. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    Brewery's shouldn't be the only criteria. I hope some people thought about it beyond where their favorite brewery is located or the region they live in. If I couldn't vote for Great Lakes it would have been PNW.
  31. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,156) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    IMHO, he would only have to drink from; Alaskan, Caldera, No-Li, Pyramid, Red Hook, Rogue, and, maybe, Walking Man.
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  32. Beer_lover89

    Beer_lover89 Disciple (347) Aug 9, 2013 Texas
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    You forgot ballast point. Lol
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  33. tzieser

    tzieser Savant (926) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Great Lakes is winning? HAHAHA! I call bullshit. There is probably nothing to do in the midwest other than vote on BA forum posts! New England, West Coast and PNW puts them to shame.

    (begin flaming.)

    I voted for New England, mostly because I'm a homer. I would have no qualms about voting for the west, however I must say there have been some really groundbreaking breweries as of late to come from New England.

    Allow me to join the list game!

    Alchemist (might as well say Heady Topper Brewing Co.)
    Buzzards Bay Brewing (shout out to my buddies!)
    Hill Farmstead
    Lawson's Finest Liquids
    Maine Beer Co
    Night Shift Brewing
    Jack's Abby
    Mayflower Brewing (another shout out to a local brewery. their porter is the best in the USA.)
    ...there are probably 30+ other breweries but I don't really feel like mentioning them because trying to keep it short.

    I love Narragansett too but I don't think that really counts as a New England brewery since they're out of NY right now and haven't built a New England brewery yet. C'mon guys, get on that!

    yeah sure, the west coast might have more "elite" breweries but New England seems to be putting out more cutting edge stuff than the west as of right now.
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  34. TheFlern

    TheFlern Initiate (0) May 9, 2009 Idaho

    Gotta be the PNW. Idaho, Oregon, Washington, B.C., and Alaska. Pretty much a monopoly on the hops between Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. So the fresh hop ale scene this time of year is pretty dominate. Not to mention plenty of long time favorites of the style, among American brewers, can be found in this region like Widmer Hefe, Hales Ale's Super Goose, Full Sail Session Lager, Rogue Hazelnut Brown, Alaskan Amber alt. style ale, and Deschutes Black Butte Porter. Very high brewery per capita in this area as well.

    Runners up include:

    The upper mid-west, California, and the New England area.
  35. SierraJosh

    SierraJosh Disciple (333) Aug 13, 2013 California
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    Hands down Pacific, Northwest, New England.
  36. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    When you say this about where you live in regards to beer, its a compliment, but I wonder what would happen if you said this to your wife/girlfriend.
  37. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,439) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    And even from those breweries, I could find something decent.
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  38. maltmaster420

    maltmaster420 Aspirant (297) Aug 17, 2005 Oregon
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    OK: AK Smoked Porter, Caldera Mogli, No-Li Wrecking Ball, ... , ... , Rogue Old Crustacean, Walking Man Jay Walker.

    I'll let someone else try and fill in the blanks, but that's one exceptional beer (out of several) for each brewery you listed.
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  39. TickleMeTony

    TickleMeTony Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2013 Colorado

    I'm from CO and I vote Great Lakes region for sure. Some of the more influential brews come from there, even though it may not be directly apparent. However, switching to a more biased point of view, the mountain region has gotten no love on here even though it definitely deserves some! Colorado alone has some amazing breweries. (maybe if "mountain" was just labeled "Colorado" we would get more votes)
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  40. Ilovelampandbeer

    Ilovelampandbeer Zealot (552) Aug 25, 2013 New York
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    good post..actual evidence was given lol after reading this i have to give props to new england...i mean for IPA/IIPA alone, u could make the case that the top 3 THIS HALF OF THE COUNTRY come out of new england exclusively(heady, lunch, double sunshine)
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