A few weeks back, a little poster from the Houston Press was making the rounds. They called it “The United States of Beer,” with the clever notion that each state would be represented by a single beer — either a brewery the state was famous for, or subjectively, the brewery that represented the state best.
Unfortunately, I resisted posted it, because the map contained just too much macro-brewed swill: Bud, Keystone Light, Busch, Miller, Natty Light, Four Loko, and Pabst Blue Ribbon, etc. And of particular disdain, Sam Adams representing Massachusetts, even though their major brewery location is in Cincinnati and the choice just seems downright lazy.
Luckily, Good Magazine, has come up with their own compendium and dubbed it, “The United States of Good Beer.”
Click to enlarge and check out what each state has to offer.
It is truly the United States of GOOD Beer, and you can click on the image above to check it out in detail. There were some very close calls—in New York, Ommegang received only one nomination less than the winning Sixpoint, and in Pennsylvania, Tröegs only narrowly lost out to Victory. GOOD’s home state of California was the most hotly contested, while Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery scored the clearest win. We were excited to receive nominations from forty-nine states (beer lovers of Idaho, where were you?), many introducing us to amazing-sounding beers and breweries that we hadn’t come across before. Time for a road trip?
The point being, that more great beer is being brewed in America than ever before. It might not always be easy to access it, but there’s no reason not to seek out great beer. Most places, if you ask nicely, will kindly order something for you.
Many of the breweries selected by Good, are the first breweries that pop into my mind for each state. Except for Full Sail in Oregon. I like Full Sail, but it’s far from Oregon’s best brewery. Same with Harpoon in Massachusetts.