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What US state has the best breweries?

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

  1. brewfly

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    biased opinion new york brews underrated. have to get to the breweries to find the best stuff though
     
  2. TabulaRasa

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    Well...Vermont. Duh.
     
  3. UCLABrewN84

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    I am quite happy with what I can get here in SoCal.
     
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  4. cetherid

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    Probably Michigan....


    The top 3 states for beer are:

    Michigan
    California
    Vermont

    Put them in any order you want but those are the best.

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  5. CBlack85

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    Based on personal preference, I would have to say Michigan
     
  6. brewtaster

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    While many states have excellent breweries, Three Floyds is, " in my humble opinion", the Meca of craft breweries therefore Indiana gets my vote.
     
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  7. scootsmal

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    The Flowa Powa, Ithaca Brewing
     
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  8. tonyseleski

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    Michiana!

    This is so true though. You can easily hit all these breweries in a day. Can't really top that.
     
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    I think NY should get more love in this discussion:

    Southern Tier
    Ithaca
    Ommegang
    Brooklyn
    Blue Point
    Sixpoint
    Captain Lawrence
    Horseheads
    Southampton
    Middle Ages
     
  10. NWer

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    Bend followed by Fremont
     
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    I've always been partial to beers from California, Colorado, and Michigan, but then again, this is hard to say because there are lots of great breweries operating w/ limited distribution, so a lot of us don't see the greatest beers in our neck of the woods. So this is really a tough, relatively unfair question.
     
  12. ChanChan

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    You mean Fargo Brewing? Yeah thas a good one!
     
  13. fuzzylogic

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    1. California
    2. Michigan

    3. Others (CO, PA, OR, NY) I'd say VT but the good stuff is barely distributed.
     
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  14. ChanChan

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    Ok, fixed!!
     
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    Agree. Very clever
     
  17. mikeincharleston

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    Homer time...SC

    Coast
    Holy City
    Palmetto
    Westbrook

    All make great beer
     
  18. kdmcguire10

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    California wins with overall quantity, but what if we lined up the top 4 'seeds' head to head:

    Michigan: 1) Founders; 2) Bells; 3) Dark Horse; 4) Kuhnhenn
    California: 1) Russian River; 2) Stone; 3) FW; 4) Alpine

    Slight edge still to California. Very slight.
     
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  19. bulldogbrewhaus

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    Calirado

    Colofornia
     
  20. MarioM

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    +1 for California.

    Bear Republic
    21st Amendment
    Heretic
    Ballast Point
    Anchor

    and many more...
     
  21. Prospero

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    It's between these 3 for sure.
     
  22. Prospero

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    Best breweries per capita? Vermont has the quantity per capita, but that wasn't the question.

    As of last month the state only had 23, Denver has that within city limits, which has a smaller population.

    How anybody can omit Colorado from at least the top 3 is beyond me, even my bias opinion aside.
     
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  23. acelin

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    Don't be so stupid.
     
  24. duchessedubourg

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    I believe he was referring to Greg Noonan's series of brewing-by-style manuals that were first published in the 80's - he was the (late) owner of VT Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT.
     
  25. otispdriftwood

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    What's the matter...can't take a joke?
     
  26. miketd

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    It's already there and I don't care if anybody but us Buckeyes realize it.
     
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    Raise up, take your shirt off, twist it 'round your head like a helicopter!
     
  28. Flashy

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    Vermont is middle of the road. Three good beers you can't find anywhere and Otter Creek and Long Trail. McNeills is tiny and the bottles are undrinkable. Rock Art is not good, Magic Hat is awful- Harpoon is mainstream, Trapp is nice but would never dream of buying it in a bottle, Bobcat- never been to or seen, from what heard the Vermont Pub and Brewery has been long passed by (has McNeills has) and I don't even know what Zero Gravity is.
     
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  29. sirsteve42

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    Agreed Vermont wins hands down per capita
    Hill Farmstead
    The Alchemist
    Lawsons Finest Liquids
    Long trail
    Harpoon
    McNeills
    Magic Hat
    Otter creek
    Rock Art
    Bobcat
    Trapp
    Zero Gravity
    Vermont pub and brewery
     
  30. Flashy

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    Vermont has three breweries that you can't find and Otter Creek and Long Trail.
     
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    California
    Michigan
    Colorado
     
  32. wafels_and_schnapps

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    MICHIGAN
    Colorado
    Massachusetts
     
  33. duchessedubourg

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    Hold that thought - three more VT brewerys coming online in the next year - yowza!
     
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    Wisconsin really wasn't on this topic very much, sure they arent all AWESOME, but they are pretty good breweries.

    New Glarus
    Lakefront
    Central Waters
    Osos
    Sprecher (i only like their trippel abbey)
    Capital
    Ale Asylum
    Futhermore
    Lake Louie
    MKE Brewing
    Tyranena

    and about 15 other breweries that I hate.
     
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  35. shamrock1343

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    Pa (cont)

    Church Brewing
    Forest & Main
    Stoudts
    Shawnee
     
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    Totally agree we have awesome brewery's but a lot of them are either local or regional distro so we don't get nearly as much love as some other states/brewerys.
     
  37. SatlyMalty

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    Yes, they are still around and they are still making great beers.
     
  38. turfy

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    Having just seen this thread, and without scrolling through the previous 3 pages of responses, and withstanding the pressure of Texas pride, there is only one answer....California.
     
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    Golden, Colorado
    ;)
     
  40. SunDevilBeer

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    In 2 years or so - North Carolina.
     
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