What US state has the best breweries?

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  1. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,150) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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  2. SkeeterBoganski

    SkeeterBoganski Devotee (492) Feb 25, 2012 Colorado
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    For the masses: CA; for the non-masses: VT; for everyone else: CO, MI, OR.
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  3. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Disciple (396) Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    San Diego
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  4. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,355) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    My $0.02. Having been in CA, OR, WA, and CO in the last year, those are all fine states, along with my state of MI. Haven't been to Vermont in a long time, need to get back and check it out.
  5. PADIV

    PADIV Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2012

  6. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    Hands down #1 California
    then in no particular order
    Michigan, Colorado, Indiana (mainly because of 3 floyds), New York (southern tier, Brooklyn)
  7. craftbrew502

    craftbrew502 Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2012 Kentucky

    Gotta represent for Kentucky
    BBC, West 6th
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  8. RicheeD

    RicheeD Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2012 Pennsylvania

    No one's gonna say it?
    The state of Drunkenness!
    Seriously, I wish I was well traveled enough to answer this honestly. I am familiar with mostly North East beers. Pennsylvania has many strong breweries. Start-up breweries are popping up all over the place here. 2 in Bucks County where I live in the past 6 months. It's a great time to love beer.
    Vermont is pretty strong and what the hell no one is gonna say Delaware, but it's tiny and they have Dogfish Head. That's pretty damn good for Delaware.
    All that being said, I would love to try some of the Mid-West beers like 3 Floyds, Goose Island or Bells.
  9. Wahoo84

    Wahoo84 Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2012 Tennessee

    Montana is my choice. Blackfoot River brewery in Helena. Big Sky in Missoula.
  10. 7clutch

    7clutch Aspirant (215) Sep 14, 2012 Florida
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    If it were a competition of top 3-4 breweries from each state, FL would definitely be up there with CCB, Funky Buddha, Peg's/Cycle Brewing and upstart Wakefield Brewing. Here's hoping Funky Buddha's new facility soon allows a wider range of people to enjoy their excellent brews!
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  11. jellikit

    jellikit Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2012 Washington

    Oregon is hard to beat. But what about WA?

    Boundary Bay
    Schooner Exact
    Big Al
    Ice Harbor
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  12. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Initiate (0) Jan 1, 2011 California
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    California. No other state comes close!
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  13. blackcloud

    blackcloud Disciple (341) Apr 28, 2012 Alaska
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    Oregon. and it just keeps getting better.
  14. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

  15. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    I feel like this thread devolved into a "Please list your favorite breweries from your own state or region" thread.

    I may or may not have done so myself....
  16. mrcraft

    mrcraft Poo-Bah (1,757) Dec 15, 2012 California
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    As far as city, I agree, the greater San Diego area has some impressive breweries. I don't think any other city can compete.

    IMO, Michigan takes the cake, California second.
  17. LAD

    LAD Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2008 Texas

    Schlitz in longview closed years ago as did Lone Star in San Antonio. There's always Shiner.
  18. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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  19. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Poo-Bah (2,135) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    Colorado for me personally, because I have access to a lot of their breweries, and no access at all to Michigan breweries or most of Oregon's.
  20. msween21

    msween21 Aspirant (235) Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts
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  21. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,201) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Echoing others- California and Michigan. I might say Illinois as a third because of Goose Island's still-excellent offerings, but I don't think it beats Oregon or Colorado.
  22. MarkJBurch

    MarkJBurch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    New York! We also have the best wine, women and basketball team.
  23. spartanjd

    spartanjd Initiate (152) Dec 17, 2010 Illinois

    I know it's not a state but within a very very short driving range you can hit up Bells, Founders, Dark Horse, New Holland, 3 Floyds, 2 Brothers, Goose Island, New Glarus and Central Waters. (Lake Michigan Coast) Very hard to beat.
  24. hardy008

    hardy008 Poo-Bah (1,969) Jan 12, 2008 Minnesota

    It comes down to three states for me, in no particular order: Michigan, California, and Colorado. It is too hard to pick a winner, but I am tempted to say Michigan, because of Founders alone.
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  25. Stevedore

    Stevedore Poo-Bah (4,201) Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    You're basically talking about NWI I think. Too bad Gary isn't exactly a desirable location to live..
  26. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Devotee (479) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    I was going to mention NC myself. It may not be in the same league as CA/MI/CO, but it's in the running for top 5, if you ask me.

    More than anything, I am just thrilled that I can find interesting beers almost everywhere I travel these days.
  27. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Defender (693) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    Don't forget,
    Blue Point
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  28. BlissJunkie

    BlissJunkie Aspirant (243) Dec 24, 2007 Michigan

    Alright, I bite on this one. I usually just read BA and don't interact but I feel like Michigan has so many great breweries that get no love. Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenns, Greenbush, Right Brain. I get it, some of those don't have cult followings outside of Michigan. Then you pack in Bell's, Founders, Shorts, Dark Horse and any special beer Arcadia does and I think our beer quality in Michigan, especially considering the size per capita, leaves California with something to think about. Michigan has 3 beers in the top 15 in the world per the new rate beer numbers(to California's 2) and we hold their top 3 beers in the Country (which is almost a moot point because I know all of us know beers we would put over at least one of those 3). So while I agree it's a discussion worth having still, I feel like Michigan isn't quite the underdog that people make it out to be.
  29. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Defender (693) Apr 2, 2011 New York
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  30. Pecan

    Pecan Devotee (421) Dec 20, 2012 Arizona
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    If they redrew the state lines to include Chicago and 3 Floyds in Michigan, I'd definitely say Cali has a run for it's money. Like close enough to make me consider wasting time pairing breweries in duels. And making up some fantastic narrative to go along with each battle. I should probably go now.
  31. digita7693

    digita7693 Disciple (397) Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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  32. digita7693

    digita7693 Disciple (397) Jan 19, 2010 Germany
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    any certain breweries out of Oregon?
    Upright, Commons, Laurelwood...
  33. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    Per Capita, Oregon beats both California, Vermont and Michigan.
  34. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,273) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    Wha?! But...but... :grimacing: where do Texas size economy Tall Boy cans of Schlitz come from, then?


    Yes, but Pearl is still opened and is "a culinary and cultural destination in San Antonio, Texas". No longer a brewery, of course, but...well, that's something, I guess.

    Next thing you're gonna tell me is that Jax is no longer the largest selling, non-Texas brewed beer in the Lone Star state!


    Oh, we get that up North here now...so, grapefruit is apparently an approved "craft" adjunct according to the Brewers Association, I guess? :grinning: Thank goodness it isn't corn or rice (unless it's used to "enhance" flavor, of course!)

    :wink: You should stop by here on the forums more, LAD, we miss ya.​
  35. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,273) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    "Both"? But I'm counting 3 other states there.:wink:

    Not according to the Brewers Association -- for 2011, at least:

    "The great state of Vermont tops the list of U.S. state breweries per capita based on the Brewers Association’s count of operating breweries and the 2010 population estimates found at www.census.gov. The fortunate citizens of Vermont have a brewery for every 26,073 people. There are 24 breweries and 625,741 citizens in Vermont. "

    But with the number of new breweries coming online lately, I could see Oregon jumping to #1. CA and MI aren't even in the running, based on too much population.
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  36. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

  37. jnoff78

    jnoff78 Initiate (139) Sep 22, 2012 Wisconsin
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    An up and coming Brewery out of Michigan is Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven. They make some interesting but great brews.
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  38. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    You cant say "What has the best?" and then say, "Well my favorites are..."

    You're asking for two different things.

    Besides everyone knows its Puerto Rico.
  39. Timmush

    Timmush Aspirant (295) Jan 5, 2008 New Jersey
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    Not for Nothing, but the three best beers (or my three favorites I should say), I ever had came from three different breweries in VT.
    Alchemist - Heady topper
    Lawsons Finest - Double Sunshine
    Anything from Hill farmstead.
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  40. skivtjerry

    skivtjerry Zealot (533) Mar 10, 2006 Vermont

    Maine is in the running on a per capita basis as well, and some wonderful beers.
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