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Beer States

Postby Coyote » Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:32 pm

EVERY STATE IN THE USA, RANKED BY ITS BEER


44. Nebraska
Luckily, the Cornhuskers' 22 spot in the preseason AP poll is the only ranking this state really cares about.

36. Kansas
Tallgrass makes some solidly enjoyable brews for sipping out of a cold aluminum tallboy. The rest of the state’s beer is kinda just... there. Much like Kansas.

34. Iowa
If Ray Kinsella had started a hop farm instead of a corn farm, brewing in Iowa would probably be... exactly the same, since he plowed over the bulk of said farm so he could have a catch with Ray Liotta. The bright side? Toppling Goliath, which five years ago brewed a half-barrel at a time, and now has road-trippers from all over the Midwest stopping by their taproom to drink that much in a sitting.

16. Minnesota
The most famous beer-beard in Minneapolis belongs to the guy behind Dangerous Man Brewing, who, by all accounts, is a totally nice dude. And considering that he’s pledged in a Hill Farmstead-y way to simply running a primo tap room and never bottling or distributing a drop, he’s also the perfect one to cement the Minnesota brew movement -- a quiet but supremely burly scene that most people outside the state don’t even know exists. Surly’s locally famed cans just made it to Chicago, but to drink many of the rest -- Summit, 612Brew, Harriet, Lucid, and the next big thing, Fulton -- you’ve gotta make a trip to the Twin Cities. Might be worth staying a few days.

11. Missouri
Sure, the baseball stadium in St. Louis was named for beer before stadium naming rights really became a thing, but Missouri has plenty going for it beer-wise besides a certain iconic American brand calling it home. Boulevard is NOT made of broken dreams, but rather delicious beer, particularly their Belgian stuff. And right in Budweiser’s backyard you’ve got standout brews from the likes of Schlafly and Perennial. Have you had the latter's Barrel-Aged Abraxas? No? You should do something about that.

7. Wisconsin
There was a time when Milwaukee made approximately every beer consumed by every man who came home from work with grease on his shirt. Today, those canned brands of yesteryear are dead, or sold off and made in, like, California. But the Brothers Leinenkugel are statewide icons, New Glarus’ Spotted Cow is the first beer referenced by cheeseheads everywhere (even though nobody can get it outside the state), the baseball team’s name is the darn Brewers, and there used to be an urban legend that Miller Park’s taps were fueled by a beer pipe that ran directly from the brewery. An urban legend we will perpetuate, right here. Miller Park’s taps are fueled by a beer pipe that runs directly from the brewery!


3. Colorado
Everywhere you look in Colorado -- literally everywhere -- there is beer. There is no escaping the beer. This is a good thing. Everyone with a beard brews beer, and everyone has a beard, which, by the law of syllogism or something, means literally everyone brews beer. And, darn, do they do it well.

Oskar Blues started the craft can revolution, and if you haven’t had a GUBNA, change that. Avery has an entire run of bombers called the Dictator Series. New Belgium is distributing with the big boys thanks to an amber ale and a cruiser bike. Crooked Stave is souring things that man previously assumed un-sour-able. Great Divide has proven once and for all that the Yeti exists, and he will eff you the heck up. And the whole state’s in on it -- even the guy who just had a frozen chocolatini with dinner can rattle off 10 upstart breweries you won’t hear of for years. Beer is everywhere. Everywhere is beer.

1. Oregon
California and Washington might have more brewers, but dammit, they’ve also got more people. More importantly, they don’t have the density of Oregon’s offerings. Or the quality. Oregon’s long been at the forefront of the craft industry, with brewers like Widmer Brothers, Rogue, Full Sail, and Deschutes leading the national charge as gateway beers for people who want something more out of their pints. But they’re just the OGs of what might be the epicenter of the craft beer movement.

Much ballyhoo has been made of the sheer number of breweries in the Portland metro area, which tops out at more than 70 and counting... but this isn’t a case of quantity over quality. It’s a case of quantity meeting quality head on. Portland houses an insurmountable number of great breweries -- not good, pretty good, or wonderful, but effin’ great breweries -- that are changing the landscape of modern brewing. Hair of the Dog, Breakside, Cascade, Upright, Ecliptic, the Commons, Burnside, Lompoc... it just keeps going. Even the “crappy” breweries by Portland standards would bury most of their peers based on pure deliciousness.

But that’s just one city in a state full of amazing brewers dotting the state, from the coastal Pelican to the high desert’s 10 Barrel, mid-state’s Ninkasi, Southern Oregon’s uncleverly named Southern Oregon Brewing, Mt. Hood’s Double Mountain... basically, if you enter a city or town in Oregon without a solid brewery, you’ve probably crossed into Washington or Idaho. Or maybe the capital of Salem... which sucks. But you’ll still find a great brewpub serving some of the best beer in America, made in Oregon, with Oregon hops, by a bearded Oregonian who’s probably in a band that sucks... that’s the Oregon way. Oregon beer, more than any, has helped introduce the masses to the potential of drinking great brews, and, with new breweries seemingly opening on a weekly basis, it’s the best darn place to be a beer lover in the US.
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Re: Beer States

Postby nativeomahan » Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:06 pm

I don't know how we should rank, but things are definitely a lot better than they used to be. I grew up with Fallstaff and Schlitz. LOL

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Re: Beer States

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Aug 27, 2014 6:15 pm

I would put us ahead of Kansas and Iowa at least.

Also I will never in a million years understand the appeal of Leinenkugel. I get that they are a big brand for Wisconsin, but I just don't like their beer at all. New Glarus Spotted Cow on the other hand :cheers:

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Re: Beer States

Postby Brad » Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:17 pm

The Best Beer From Every State

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Business Insider wrote:From Alabama to Wyoming, craft breweries are making brews that blow the competition out of the water. Of course, everyone has his or her favorite homestate beer, and opinions differ depending on whom you ask.

We asked our friends at craft beer authority RateBeer.com to help us come up with the best beer in every state.

Most beers on this list are imperial stouts and IPAs, but higher ABV (alcohol by volume) beers seem to be trending in general. Did your favorite beer make the list?


NEBRASKA: Black Betty (Reserve Series) is a multiple-award-winning Russian Imperial Stout from Nebraska Brewing Co. in Papillon. It's dry and complex at 9% ABV.

IOWA: Mornin' Delight is a 12% imperial stout from Decorah's Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. It's brewed with maple syrup, making it perfect for breakfast. "Just add pancakes," the brewery says.
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Re: Beer States

Postby Brad » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:00 pm

Speaking of Beer States....

Do the Anheuser-Busch products in Omaha (Quality Brands) come from St Louis, Fort Collins, or somewhere else?
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Re: Beer States

Postby Coyote » Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:42 pm

The 13 Best Beer Countries in the World, Ranked

5. Denmark

The far-and-away darling of the craft beer scene there is Mikkeller, whose very presence has done plenty to elevate Denmark in the eyes of the international community and has ushered in a revitalized era of production and brewery openings.

4. Germany

3. United Kingdom

The UK now boasts the highest number of breweries in the world per capita, and innovative breweries such as the Wild Beer Co, the Kernel, Beavertown, and Harviestoun have begun to draw younger drinkers away from the pale lagers that have dominated pubs’ draft lines for decades.

2. United States

Traditionalists may deny it up and down, but there is no questioning it: the United States is a world leader in beer today. Breweries here are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day, American brews positively dominate global ranking lists, and, although the overall amount of beer consumption has dipped slightly, there has been a marked increase in the consumption of craft beers in the US of A. The American brewing style is so popular in other countries that craft brewers are expanding to Europe, including Stone’s plans for a Berlin brewery and Brooklyn Brewery’s sister operation in Sweden. Breweries like Hill Farmstead, Russian River, and 3 Floyds have entered the rarified upper atmosphere of globally adored breweries, where almost forgotten styles have been revitalized and innovated upon with a ton of success. However you slice it, the unprecedented explosion of beer culture in the USA is showing no signs of slowing down.

1. Belgium

Globally, the esteem of Belgian beer has not waned in the slightest, thanks to brands like Kwak, Rodenbach, Gulden Draak, Chimay, Cantillon, Tilquin, and Brasserie Dupont.
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