The Best Beer In Every State
In the cities, in the hills, and on the shores of every state in America, thriving microbreweries are working hard to bring quality brews to thirsty consumers. Looking at the most popular beers from the most celebrated breweries from each state provides a sense of the modern craft brewing landscapre from sea to shining sea in the United States of America. Of course, the nation has longstanding favorite beer brands both domestic and foreign, but the beloved local brews have boomed in the 21st century, creating a whole new generation of serious beer nerds.
From hop-forward IPAs to fruit-filled European-inspired brews, the variety of handcrafted beer beverages in America are as wild and wonderfully diverse as the varied communities they call home. When you're in the mood for a cold one, you might just have a garage fridge full of Budweiser, but the idea here is to do a deep dive into the sudsy depths of beers that reflect the specific tastes of uniquely American places and people dedicating their lives to making distinctive and delicious booze.
- 1126 VOTES
This popular brewery was established in 1997 when the company opened the doors to its first brewery in Grand Rapids. A public taproom was opened the following year. Since then, Founders has expanded and opened a second taproom and brewery in Detroit after cultivating a passionate fan base.
The brewery's CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) and KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - both American imperial stouts - are among the most popular brews, as well as the Backwoods B*stard Scotch Ale.
- 2107 VOTES
This wildly successful local brewery operates numerous locations, including a brewery and distillery, along with two dedicated eateries and even the Dogfish Inn, where people can stay while exploring and adventuring in coastal Delaware.
The Bourbon Barrel-Aged World Wide Stout, 90 Minute IPA, and World Wide Stout are among the brewery's most acclaimed offerings.
- 3133 VOTES
More than a quarter of a century after it was created, New Glarus Brewing Company is still going strong, and is still owned and operated by Deb and Daniel Carey, the couple who founded the establishment in 1993. Located on the outskirts of the town the brewery is named for, New Glarus Brewing Company offers tours of its facilities.
The brewery's best-selling beer is Spotted Cow, an American cream ale, while some of the most-lauded beverages include the Raspberry Tart and Serendipity fruit beers.
- 488 VOTES
This craft brewery, located in Munster, was founded in 1996 by Mike Floyd and his sons, Nick and Simon - hence the name. The brewery includes an adjacent brewpub, which features pub-only beer options. 3 Floyds also recently opened up a distillery across from the brewery, which offers craft gins and whiskey selections.
As for the beers, fans of 3 Floyds Brewing have an affinity for the Marshmallow Handjee - a Russian imperial stout featuring a robust 15% ABV - as well as Zombie Dust, which is an American pale ale.
- 567 VOTES
First established in 1995, Big Sky Brewing Company has been under the same ownership since its inception, and has steadily grown to become the biggest brewery in the entire state. Located in the city of Missoula, the Big Sky Brewery taproom has some wonderfully named brews on tap, including Moose Drool, Powder Hound, and Sky Hyzer.
Truth be told, fans seem to have a lot of love for the Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout, Olde Bluehair Barley Wine, and the Shake-A-Day IPA.
- 674 VOTES
This local and aptly named brewery in the city of Freeport has a simple motto: "Do what's right." And what the brewery does right is beer - as well as the wood-fired, oven-fresh pizzas served in tasting room, which features 20 lines of draft beers. Visitors can look at the brewing facilities while they drink and eat.
The brewery's simply named beer known as Dinner, an American imperial IPA, is among its most celebrated brews, alongside the American IPAs known as Lunch and Another One.