Raise the colors: 50 beers for 50 states
As Americans, we’re loyal to our country — and our beers.
Every state has its own celebrated brew that residents love to brag about and belligerently claim is better than someone else’s state beer. Honestly, it could be argued that more Americans could identify their unofficial state beers than recall their state’s official nickname, flower or bird. (Name all three and tell us we’re wrong.)
So salute the red, white and blue by (responsibly!) indulging in a pint of your hometown’s favorite brewski — after all, moderate beer intake can be beneficial to your health. To learn more about its health benefits, click here.
While you’re at it, check out our Beeramid infographic to find out the calories, carbohydrates and alcohol percentages of 55 of the most popular brews out there.
Tell us: What beers did we miss? Share your favorite U.S. beer in the comments and why it should have represented a certain state.
- Year founded: Incorporated in 2006; first beer sold in 2008
- Headquarters: Birmingham, Ala.
- Type of beer: Oatmeal stout
- Fun fact: Good People Brewing only uses cans because the owners believe the oxygen levels are better for the beer in cans, and bottles are prohibited in public places like beaches and lakes, according to the Homewood Star.
- Year founded: 1986
- Headquarters: Juneau, Alaska
- Type of beer: Alt, or “old,” style ale
- Fun fact: Alaskan Brewing Co. was the first brewery to open in Juneau after Prohibition.
- Year founded: 1892
- Headquarters: Tempe, Ariz.
- Type of beer: Scottish-style ale
- Fun fact: Four Peaks refers to the four distinct peaks of the Mazatzal Mountains, standing at 7,657 ft. on the northeast side of Phoenix.
District of Columbia
- Year founded: 2005
- Headquarters: Morgantown, W.Va.
- Type of beer: India Pale Ale
- Fun fact: All of Mountain State’s beers have names based on the history of West Virginia or the lifestyle of its residents. The Seneca IPA is named after the Seneca Indians who roamed West Virginia in the 1700s.
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