What US state has the best breweries?

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  1. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    Personal favorites

  2. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    California or Oregon
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  3. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    any certain breweries out of Oregon?
  4. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Cascade, Hair of the Dog, Pelican, Deschutes, Boneyard...
  5. mcritchi

    mcritchi Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Minnesota

    I debate this with friends often. I tend to think California wins based on how many excellent breweries they have. That said, I think a "per capita" approach should be taken to this conversation, which is when (in order) I think Michigan, Oregon and Colorado join the conversation.
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  6. sil1

    sil1 Aspirant (228) May 19, 2012 California
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    California easily
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  7. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (154) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Vermont too
  8. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Kentucky

    My personal favorites might surprise..with some breweries I've had the good fortune to enjoy..

    1) Indiana -- Three Floyds, Sun King, Figure 8, Upland, Triton, Flat 12...
    2) Michigan -- Greenbush, Bell's, Founders, Short's, Dark Horse...
    3) Illinois -- Flossmoor Station, Two Brothers, Half Acre...
  9. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    Overall, I'd say Cali. Firestone Walker + Stone + Lost Abbey + Green Flash + Russian River + Alesmith + The Bruery + Ballast Point + + +... Just so many choices for quality brews regardless of style preference.

    Honorable mentions go to Michigan (Bell's + Founders + Dark Horse + + +) and Indiana (I'm biased, 3 Floyds was my first craft and still retains several spots on my top beers list).
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  10. mcritchi

    mcritchi Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Minnesota

    True. Per capita Vermont is impressive.
  11. sil1

    sil1 Aspirant (228) May 19, 2012 California
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    The bruery
    Ale smith
    Lost abbey
    Green flash
    Russian river
    North coast

    Just to name a few
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  12. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2013 California

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  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Whatever state that doesn't have a single macro brewery. Sorry Colorado.
  14. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (689) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    One of these questions again......Let me play!

    Cali, CO, VT, OR duhhhhhhhhh

    My home state massachusetts its solid with good variety.

    Founders (and bells) is good enough to put michigan in discussion by itself.
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  15. tabascosigned

    tabascosigned Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

  16. AugiePrimrose

    AugiePrimrose Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Illinois

    In order...

  17. Davihaw

    Davihaw Aspirant (288) Jun 19, 2012 Illinois
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  18. joeebbs

    joeebbs Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

    No one has said Pennsylvania yet so I'll be that guy even though they can't beat California.

  19. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Washington

    Logsdon, The Ale Apothecary, Caldera, Hopworks, Laurelwood, Upright, Rogue (don't deny it), Oakshire...
  20. PittBeerGirl

    PittBeerGirl Poo-Bah (1,587) Feb 27, 2007 Ohio

    California is obvious, PA is up there for me too BUT
    I'm going to throw New York into the Mix

    Southern Tier
    Captain Lawrence

    I really enjoy a lot of offerings from all of these brewing companies.
  21. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    WI, IL, and MI are all on pretty level playing field and trumps pretty much anywhere else. This is however like asking which city has the best sports team most people are gonna say the one they grew up with in their home city.
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  22. Squidly

    Squidly Initiate (0) Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    Tired Hands

  23. Fresh

    Fresh Initiate (171) Dec 27, 2012 California
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    California due to the plethora of quality breweries.
    Stone, Alpine, Lost Abbey/Port, Ballast Point, Alesmith, The Bruery, Drakes, Firestone, Bear Republic, Russian River, Knee Deep, Fifty Fifty, Lagunitas, North Coast and oh so much more!!
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  24. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,034) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    North Dakota.
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  25. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,547) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
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    Surprised? More like shocked. I live in Bloomington and Upland is not that good unless you're basing them on lambics which I don't drink.
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  26. kbuzz

    kbuzz Champion (850) Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
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    East End
    Selin's Grove
    Pizza Boy
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  27. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,043) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
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    Bavaria. The size of South Carolina but with about 650 breweries.
  28. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

    That seriously cracked me up! Count me in!
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  29. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Aspirant (257) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Boston was just deemed the drunkest city in the proud country we Bostonians call "America!" The list is pretty funny here is your link -> http://www.thedailybeast.com/galler...ont.html#0a4c906c-4885-4f15-b035-df218a31bb19

    This being said, I am a bit disappointed that MA has not yet received popular support as the greatest brewery (let alone sports) city of all states. Below are a number of my very favorite beer companies and projects from Mass:

    Jack's Abby!
    Pretty Things
    Cambridge Brewing Co
    Berkshire Brewing Co
    Ipswich (Mercury Brewing Co)
    Sam Adams
    Clown Shoes
    High and Mighty
    Idle Hands
    Cody Brewing Co
    Boston Beer Co

    These breweries are as crafty as the Celtics. It's not necessarily in order of preference but Jack's Abby is the greatest dedication to lagering I could ever imagine. Love that Kiwi!
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  30. T00ms

    T00ms Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2011 California

    I'm not surprised MA hasn't received support as the greatest brewery city, seeing as how it's not a city.
  31. imduffman

    imduffman Initiate (0) Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    clown shoes mmm..
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  32. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2007 Washington

  33. jrnyc

    jrnyc Meyvn (1,270) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    This is a no-brainier, California.
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  34. LAD

    LAD Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2008 Texas

    Texas. Home of Miller Coors in Fort Worth and AB in Houston.
  35. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,256) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Running out of examples there, I see?
  36. ubenumber2

    ubenumber2 Devotee (468) Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
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    Which ever states that have breweries that will distribute to Northeast Arkansas or Southeast Missouri and Memphis.
  37. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,256) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    What about the two Falstaff breweries - in Galveston and El Paso.

    EDIT - Closed! Oh, OK, the Schlitz brewery in Longview then.
  38. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (824) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    Per capita Vermont wins Hands Down
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  39. bellce0

    bellce0 Initiate (197) Feb 20, 2010 Georgia

    California by a large margin with Michigan and Pennsylvania following.
    Gotta throw in a shout-out for the awesome breweries in my home state of Georgia: Terrapin, Sweetwater, Wild Heaven, and Red Brick
  40. jbaker67

    jbaker67 Poo-Bah (1,578) Jul 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
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