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What US state has the best breweries?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by imduffman, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. imduffman

    imduffman Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    Personal favorites

    Colorado
    Michigan
    California
     
  2. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    California or Oregon
     
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  3. imduffman

    imduffman Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    any certain breweries out of Oregon?
     
  4. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Apr 8, 2008 Washington

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

    mcritchi 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 May 19, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    California easily
     
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  7. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Vermont too
     
  8. cadizkyguy

    cadizkyguy 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 Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
    Beer Trader

    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 Jan 13, 2010 Minnesota

    True. Per capita Vermont is impressive.
     
  11. sil1

    sil1 May 19, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    California
    The bruery
    Alpine
    Stone
    Ale smith
    Lost abbey
    Green flash
    Lagunitas
    Russian river
    North coast
    50/50

    Just to name a few
     
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  12. 4kbrianb

    4kbrianb Jan 2, 2013 California

    California
    Oregon
    Colorado
     
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  13. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Whatever state that doesn't have a single macro brewery. Sorry Colorado.
     
  14. BigCheese

    BigCheese 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 Oct 4, 2012 Virginia

  16. AugiePrimrose

    AugiePrimrose Nov 19, 2009 Illinois

    In order...

    California
    Oregon
    Colorado
     
  17. Davihaw

    Davihaw Jun 19, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    California
    Michigan
     
  18. joeebbs

    joeebbs Apr 29, 2009 Pennsylvania

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

    Troegs
    Victory
    Weyerbacher
    Yards
    Slyfox
    Voodoo
     
  19. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Sep 12, 2012 Washington

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

    PittBeerGirl 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
    Ommegang
    Captain Lawrence
    Brooklyn
    Southampton

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

    jRocco2021 Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    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 Nov 26, 2006 New Jersey

    Tired Hands

    +1
     
  23. Fresh

    Fresh Dec 27, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    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 Sep 24, 2007 Washington
    Beer Trader

    North Dakota.
     
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  25. fredmugs

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    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 Jan 22, 2011 North Carolina
    Beer Trader

    East End
    Selin's Grove
    Pizza Boy
    Lavery
     
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  27. herrburgess

    herrburgess Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    Bavaria. The size of South Carolina but with about 650 breweries.
     
  28. Bitter_Echo

    Bitter_Echo Apr 13, 2012 Michigan

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

    PatriotsRule 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!
    Mystic
    Pretty Things
    Cambridge Brewing Co
    Berkshire Brewing Co
    Mayflower
    Cisco
    Ipswich (Mercury Brewing Co)
    Harpoon
    Sam Adams
    Clown Shoes
    High and Mighty
    Idle Hands
    Cody Brewing Co
    Wachusett
    Wormtown
    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 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 Oct 22, 2012 Ohio

    clown shoes mmm..
     
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  32. barleywinefiend

    barleywinefiend Nov 22, 2007 Washington

  33. jrnyc

    jrnyc Mar 21, 2010 New York
    Beer Trader

    This is a no-brainier, California.
     
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  34. LAD

    LAD Apr 16, 2008 Texas

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

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
    Subscriber

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

    ubenumber2 Sep 1, 2012 Arkansas
    Beer Trader

    Which ever states that have breweries that will distribute to Northeast Arkansas or Southeast Missouri and Memphis.
     
  37. jesskidden

    jesskidden Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
    Subscriber

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

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

    dennis3951 Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Per capita Vermont wins Hands Down
     
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  39. bellce0

    bellce0 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 Jul 1, 2012 Pennsylvania
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Michigan
    California
    Pennsylvania
     
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