Americans love their beer. And with over 4,150 breweries in the U.S. alone, picking a favorite beer can be close to impossible. Yes, most states have several breweries within them, but which ones are the best?
Let the debate begin.
The Best Beer from Each State:
Alabama // GOOD PEOPLE BREWING COMPANY
IPA: Rich and malty, with a bitter cut of hops.
Alaska // ANCHORAGE BREWING CO.
A Deal with the Devil: A thick, strong, and very complex Barleywine.
Arizona // PRESCOTT BREWING COMPANY
Achocolypse: If you have a sweet tooth, this porter is for you.
Arkansas // DIAMOND BEAR BREWING COMPANY
Paradise Porter: A good porter is just so satisfying. This one definitely delivers.
California // RUSSIAN RIVER BREWING COMPANY
Pliny the Elder: It’s everything you want a hoppy beer to be — brilliantly aromatic, pungent and rich, with a fruity, orangey core.
Colorado // OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
Dale’s Pale Ale: A strong pale ale that goes anywhere a can can.
Connecticut // NEW ENGLAND BREWING CO.
Fuzzy Baby Ducks IPA: Known for its intense citrusy qualities — the orange-grapefruit-y flavors, in addition to mango, apricot, and guava, ranks this beer among royalty once reserved only for West Coasters.
Delaware // DOGFISH HEAD BREWERY
90 Minute IPA: A bold, unapologetic flavor without the crushing bitterness.
Florida // CIGAR CITY BREWING
Tocobaga Red Ale: Replacing the style’s typically one-dimensional caramel malt flavor with berry, tropical fruit, stone fruit and citrus flavors, this is not your typical red ale.
Georgia // CREATURE COMFORTS BREWING CO.
Tropicália IPA: Balanced, soft, and ripe. It’s an IPA for people who say they don’t like IPAs.
Hawaii // MAUI BREWING CO.
Big Swell IPA: Rich and bitter, it goes swimmingly with fried fish tacos or shrimp tempura.
Idaho // GRAND TETON BREWING CO.
Double Vision Doppelbock: With hints of caramel and cocoa, it has a complex malt character matched by an assertive, earthy hop profile.
Illinois // GOOSE ISLAND BEER COMPANY
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout: Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and carries hints of oak, tobacco, charcoal, and vanilla.
Indiana // THREE FLOYDS BREWING COMPANY
Zombie Dust: Smooth and hoppy with a restrained bitterness.
Iowa // TOPPLING GOLIATH BREWING CO.
pseudoSue: An American pale ale with aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango, and evergreen, and has a mild bitter finish.
Kansas // TALLGRASS BREWING COMPANY
The Wooden Rooster: Aged in rye whiskey barrels, expect an oaky aftertaste.
Kentucky // LEXINGTON BREWING AND DISTILLING COMPANY
Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale: A flavorful nod to Kentucky’s bourbon heritage, this uniquely-colored brew is distinct with subtle flavors of vanilla and oak, offering a beer that is smooth and dangerously drinkable.
Louisiana // PARISH BREWING COMPANY
Ghost In The Machine: A beer that will give any California brewery a run for its money.
Maine // MAIN BEER CO.
Dinner: A double IPA brewed with intense aromas of citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit, lemon, and pine.
Maryland // FLYING DOG BREWERY
Gonzo Imperial Porter: A tribute to Hunter S. Thompson, this delicious beer that can be paired with a beef stew or served as a nightcap.
Massachusetts // TREE HOUSE BREWING CO.
Julius: A very easy to drink hoppy beer with hints of passion fruit, citrus, and mango.
Michigan // BELL’S BREWERY
Two Hearted Ale: A creamy IPA that really is worth the hype, featuring a smooth texture and a perfect balance of smooth orange and apricot hop flavors.
Minnesota // LIFT BRIDGE BREWERY
Barrel-Aged Silhouette: A chewy and boozy beer that demands your respect.
Mississippi // SOUTHERN PROHIBITION BREWERY
Jack the Sipper: A sweet and spicy bitter that is made with 100% English hops and malts..
Missouri // PERENNIAL ARTISAN ALES
Barrel-Aged Abraxas: What’s not to like? It’s a beautifully balanced stout aged in whiskey barrels.
Montana // BIG SKY BREWING COMPANY
Olde Bluehair Barleywine: A flavorful beer with apricots, honey, and a hint of vanilla that only gets better with age.
Nebraska // NEBRASKA BREWING CO.
Barrel Aged HopAnomaly: Like good wine, it’s complex, with notes of citrus and grapefruit.
Nevada // JOSEPH JAMES BREWING INC.
Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout: A full bodied beer that’s wonderfully unique.
New Hampshire // SMUTTYNOSE BREWING COMPANY
Scotch Ale: A caramel beer that’s deeply satisfying without being too sweet.
New Jersey // KANE BREWING COMPANY
Sunday Brunch: Skip the Bloody Mary, this is a big porter with a maple syrup sweetness and a hint of cinnamon.
New Mexico // MARBLE BREWERY
Red Ale: Has a wonderful balance of rich caramel malt and tangy, fruity hops that can be paired with anything form barbecue sauce-glazed chicken to pepperoni pizza.
New York // SOUTHERN TIER BREWING CO.
Choklat Oranj: Brewed with chocolate and orange peels and tastes great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
North Carolina // WICKED WEED BREWING CO.
Medora Blackberry Raspberry Sour: A fuchsia-colored wild ale that has a refreshing aftertaste.
North Dakota // FARGO BREWING COMPANY
Woodchipper IPA: Not a lot to choose from in North Dakota, but this is a very drinkable IPA.
Ohio // JACKIE O’S PUB & BREWERY
Bourbon Barrel Black Maple: A full-flavored Porter loaded with bittersweet chocolate and nuts.
Oklahoma // PRAIRIE ARTISAN ALES
Prairie Hop: This beer absolutely explodes with tropical fruit flavor—mango, peach, pineapple, kiwi, and lime.
Oregon // DESCHUTES BREWERY
Fresh Squeezed IPA: Grapefruit, orange, tangerine, lemon, and lime settle onto both the nose and the palate making it a beer that is worth drinking for breakfast.
Pennsylvania // VICTORY BREWING COMPANY
Prima Pils: A beer you ways want to have in your fridge with its crisp, clean, and powerful hop character.
Rhode Island // GREY SAIL BREWING OF RHODE ISLAND
Captain’s Daughter: A stellar Double IPA.
South Carolina // WESTBROOK BREWING
The Westbrook Gose: Super sour but very refreshing.
South Dakota // CROW PEAK
Pile-O-Dirt Porter: It is every bit as rich as it looks. Expect cocoa and coffee tastes.
Tennessee // YAZOO BREWING CO.
Sue: A smoky and roasty Porter.
Texas // JESTER KING BREWERY
Atrial Rubicite: A very sour beer infused with rich character but devoid of sweetness.
Utah // UINTA BREWING CO.
Baba Black Lager: Roasty, but light, it balances fruity flavors without being too heavy.
Vermont // THE ALCHEMIST
Heady Topper: Astonishingly drinkable and balanced. It’s quite possibly the most sought-after beer in America.
Virginia //THREE BROTHERS BREWING
Resolute Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout: Plenty of bourbon flavors to warm you from the inside.
Washington // BOUNDARY BAY BREWERY
IPA: Its citrus aroma doesn’t let the bitterness overwhelm the palette.
West Virginia // MOUNTAIN STATE BREWING
Almost Heaven Amber Ale: An easy-to-drink amber that as good as the name.
Wisconsin // NEW GLARUS BREWING COMPANY
R&D Wild Peach: A medium-bodied beer that is highly carbonated and intense with peach flavor.
Wyoming // SNAKE RIVER BREWING COMPANY
Zonker Stout: This foreign-style stout is all you need to pair with barbecue brisket and ribs.