Which US beer regions do you prefer?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by 19etz55, Apr 13, 2019.

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Which US beer regions do you prefer?

Poll closed Dec 13, 2019.
  1. Great Lakes

    21.6%
  2. Mid-Atlantic

    14.9%
  3. Midwest

    16.0%
  4. Mountain

    4.6%
  5. New England

    33.0%
  6. Northwest

    13.9%
  7. Pacific

    22.7%
  8. South

    2.1%
  9. South-Atlantic

    4.1%
  10. Southwest

    2.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
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  1. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm glad to be in the Mid-Atlantic region. Tons of great PA breweries. Also had the opportunity to try some NJ beer the past few days and it did not disappoint.
     
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  2. AMessenger

    AMessenger Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2018 Pennsylvania

    I voted Mid-Atlantic because PA is very impressive. Ranking regions sort of reminds me of this silly scene from Billy Madison:

     
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  3. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    ????
     
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  4. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (1,200) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey
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    Hope you got to try Kane.
     
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  5. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Damn right I did! Had Sneak Box and that was the best beer I had out of the bunch.
     
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  6. johnInLA

    johnInLA Pooh-Bah (2,274) Jun 12, 2005 California
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    This would be more interesting if the question was what region other then the one you live in do you prefer.

    I'm with the majority in calling out my own region.

    But my second region would be Belgium. Limit me to the US, and I'll call out New England.
     
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  7. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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  8. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Dale, Yards was serving tomato pie at their Real Ale Festival yesterday. I did not take note of the bakery name but I ate several slices - yum!!:slight_smile:

    Cheers!

    P.S. The vast majority of beers at the Real Ale festival were ales (not surprising) but my favorite of the 60 beers available there on cask (gravity pours) was Mainstay Poplar Pils (unfiltered). I went back several times to get refills of that beer.
     
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  9. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,169) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    Maybe someday you could start that thread?:thinking_face:

    Cheers!

    P.S. I will give you my answer to that new thread: PNW.:slight_smile:
     
  10. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    15 or 20 years ago I bought mostly imports or their US clones. 10 to 15 years ago I bought mostly from other states or regions. Today I buy very few beers from out of town and most of those are from breweries from within 100 miles of my house.
     
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  11. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Grand Pooh-Bah (3,142) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Had a good time at matchless, and all the fresh hop goodness that season was amazing. I was there for technical training.
     
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  12. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,210) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Tumwater. I was just giving you shit over the R.
     
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  13. lightman1

    lightman1 Zealot (583) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas
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    I didn't vote because I've only been to 4 of the 10 as listed. I have no real desire to live anyplace else. Some of the more desirable beer cultures have politics or demographics that I simply could not live with. However, I do plan to visit the ones that I have not been to at some future date.
     
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  14. AllOfTheCats

    AllOfTheCats Initiate (0) Mar 27, 2018 Wisconsin
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    As much as I love all the good stuff coming out of SoCal, my staples are typically from the Midwest (Founders, Lagunitas) and I love some of their special releases, as well - Goose Island (BCBS), Surly, Revolution, Central Waters, Bent Paddle, Pipeworks, More, and so I went with the Midwest.

    It's easier to get great beer in some cities than others, but I agree with others that there is great beer in most, if not all, regions now.
     
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  15. Stormfield

    Stormfield Pundit (869) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    What breweries in Hudson Valley do you suggest? I’ve had beer from Suarez, which I’ve loved, but am unfamiliar with more than that.
     
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  16. Stormfield

    Stormfield Pundit (869) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    I’ve traded for beer from all over the country. I stopped trading when I realized I was consistently sending out much better beer than I was getting back in return.
     
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  17. cavedave

    cavedave Grand Pooh-Bah (4,083) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Suarez alone earns this area highest marks, but Hudson Valley, Captain Lawrence, Equilibrium, Sloop, Rushing Duck, District 96, Industrial Arts, Peekskill, Obercreek, and Brewery at Bacchus are also top quality, and cover a broad gamut of styles. Add a bunch of other up and comers and farm breweries, and other valley breweries not as close to me as those mentioned, and to me this region is beer heaven.
     
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  18. Ranbot

    Ranbot Pooh-Bah (2,327) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    This poll would be a more interesting if people had to choose a region other than the one they live in (i.e. remove the homer factor).
     
  19. thesherrybomber

    thesherrybomber Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2017 California
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    Yeah... why is that? Because they have more experience with those regions? Or more of that "'murica, fuck yeah!" mentality?
     
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  20. Stormfield

    Stormfield Pundit (869) Feb 21, 2011 Massachusetts

    It’s beautiful out in the Hudson Valley for sure. Been to Suarez and love it. Other level stuff like Hill Farmstead. Incidentally we get Sloop and Captain Lawrence in MA, and maybe some of the others you mention.
     
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  21. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I agree. But actually many probably didn't exclude their own region because the OP didn't mention that part until post #24. Now we likely have a mixed bag of info. :wink:
     
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  22. readyski

    readyski Maven (1,399) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    So let's disqualify all homer votes, then see who "wins" :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  23. Domingo

    Domingo Grand Pooh-Bah (3,884) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    IMO it's more about what's on your shelves vs. what region you're in.
     
  24. BeyondDescription

    BeyondDescription Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2009 Vermont
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    Lived in Michigan for about 10 years- and always thought that was THE place for the best beer. Moved back to New York and was introduced to the New England scene. It easily stands toe to toe. I have been blown away by what is coming from Vermont, Massachusetts, and Maine. Honestly, Vermont has the best quality vs quantity out of any region I've visited. I dare say it's even more competitive than Michigan, although I know the Mitten has had quite a few new ones start to make waves.
     
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  25. ShanePB

    ShanePB Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    I find pleasure in almost all different drinking atmospheres. For example, since I'm from the area, Philadelphia is such a great drinking city (so is NYC) but it is just that; a city. Which is quite a contrast from sipping on a beer at Hill Farmstead's property or something close to the water on the west coast like a Beachwood BBQ. That said, my "vote" would be for New England. Every season is a different experience up there.
     
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  26. imposterzilla

    imposterzilla Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2019 Washington

    Pacific and North West..PNW?:stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  27. sharpski

    sharpski Pooh-Bah (2,744) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Perfectly happy with the beer made within 20 miles of me, everything else is a bonus regardless of where it’s from.
     
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  28. Tallerboy

    Tallerboy Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2017 New York
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    Brooklyn/Queens beer works best when you can walk or take public transportation between world class breweries.
     
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  29. detgfrsh

    detgfrsh Savant (1,161) Jun 20, 2014 Texas

    I live in the Southwest, voted for Pacific and Northwest. There's great beer to be found all over the county, but I've been particularly impressed with the offerings from San Diego and Bend, Oregon.
     
  30. gopens44

    gopens44 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Despite living in a pretty good beer city, I can't shoot a single hole in your comment. Give me Fat Head, Hoof Hearted, Jackie-O, Bell's and OddSide and I would probably be pretty content. Just started getting Jackie O distro here, would love to get Fat Head. Sadly we lost Bell's because of the squabble between Larry and Reyes...
     
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  31. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    Agreed... Jackie Os finally made it to Hampton Roads. Great Lakes hits hard until C'ville then putters out. Come on, Fat Heads!
     
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  32. gopens44

    gopens44 Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    You make to Richmond at all just hit Corks and Kegs, leading edge on Jackie O and everything else, they've been simply killing it lately. Had Master of Karate on crowley fill yesterday as well...
     
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  33. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I'm fortunate to live 30 minutes away from Jackie O's.

    They're really my go to brewery for about 90% of my "special" beers
     
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  34. 19etz55

    19etz55 Savant (1,200) Aug 12, 2007 New Jersey
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    Especially Kane Brewery!!
     
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  35. mogulskier

    mogulskier Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2019 California

    I voted for Pacific, but could have easily voted New England instead. Both regions produce my favorite beers.
     
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  36. GoodHomey

    GoodHomey Initiate (0) Apr 23, 2019

    I wonder whether the region affects the taste? Never asked this question before
     
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  37. RaulMondesi

    RaulMondesi Grand Pooh-Bah (5,047) Dec 11, 2006 California
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    Whatever region I am physically in is my favorite because my plan, always is to kick ass and drink great beer.
     
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