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.
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.
Good People Brewing Co. — Coffee Oatmeal Stout
- 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.
Alaskan Brewing Co. — Amber
- 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.
Four Peaks Brewery — Kilt Lifter
- 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.
Diamond Bear Brewing Co. — Diamond Bear Pale AleYear founded: 2000 Headquarters: Scottsdale, Ariz. Type of beer: Classic English Pale Ale Fun fact: Diamond Bear gets its name from the fact that Arkansas is the only state in which diamonds are mined, and Arkansas used to be known as the Bear State.
Anchor Brewing Co. — Anchor SteamYear founded: 1896 Headquarters: Potrero Hill, San Francisco Type of beer: Lager Fun fact: This beer wasn’t always good. The brewery earned a reputation for gross, sour beer in the 1950s and early 1960s. Frederick Louis “Fritz” Maytag III, son of Maytag Dairy Farms founder Frederick Louis Maytag II, bought the brewery in 1965 and turned it around.
New Belgium Brewing — Fat Tire Amber AleYear founded: 1991 Headquarters: Fort Collins, Colo. Type of beer: Amber ale Fun fact: Jeff Lebesch, founder of New Belgium, started brewing in his basement, with his first two creations being a brown dubbel called Abbey and an amber called Fat Tire, which was named for the fat tires on his bike that he rode around European villages.
New England Brewing Co. — Atlantic AmberYear founded: 1989 Headquarters: Woodbridge, Conn. Type of beer: Amber ale Fun fact: There are nine different — velvet! — paintings of Elvis Presley throughout the brewery.
Dogfish Head — 60 Minute IPAYear founded: 1995 Headquarters: Milton, Del. Type of beer: India Pale Ale Fun fact: The brewery was named after Dogfish Head, Maine, where founder Sam Calagione spent his childhood summers.
District of Columbia
DC Brau — The PublicYear founded: 2011 Headquarters: Washington, D.C. Type of beer: American pale ale Fun fact: DC Brau is committed to producing its beer in the most eco-friendly way possible. The brewery delivers its waste to Burnside Farms in Haymarket, Va., where it’s used for composting and fertilization. All of the beers are packaged in 100% recyclable aluminum cans.
Cigar City Brewing — Jai Alai India Pale AleYear founded: 2008 Headquarters: Tampa, Fla. Type of beer: India Pale Ale Fun fact: Jai Alai is a sport from the Basque area of Spain that involves bouncing a ball off a wall at speeds of up to 188 miles per hour.
SweetWater Brewing Co. — 420 Extra Pale AleYear founded: 1997 Headquarters: Atlanta Type of beer: West Coast-style pale ale Fun fact: The brewery was named after Sweetwater Creek, a body of water near the brewery where one of the founders went kayaking. The brewery’s motto is “Don’t float the mainstream.”
Kona Brew Co. — Longboard Island LagerYear founded: 1994 Headquarters: Kailua-Kona (on the Big Island), Hawaii Type of beer: Lager Fun fact: Kona beers have collectible caps with Hawaiian words and their corresponding English definitions. Examples include “wai: water,” “kâmau: cheers” and “he’e nalu: surfing.”
Laughing Dog Brewing — Laughing Dog IPAYear founded: 2005 Headquarters: Ponderay, Idaho Type of beer: India Pale Ale Fun fact: The yellow lab that’s portrayed on the brewery’s logos and beers is Ben, the owners’ family dog; Ben’s son, Ruger, inspired the company’s Devil Dog brew.
Goose Island Beer Co. — Honker’s AleYear founded: 1988 Headquarters: Chicago Type of beer: English-style bitter ale Fun fact: Goose Island Brewery also makes a craft soda called the Chicago Style Root Beer, plus four natural craft sodas: Concord Grape, Spicy Ginger, Vanilla Cream and Orange Cream.
Three Floyds Brewing — Alpha King Year founded: 1996 Headquarters: Munster, Ind. Type of beer: American pale ale Fun fact: The brewery’s Dark Lord brew, a Russian Imperial Stout, is only sold on the last Saturday in April at a brewery-based festival known as Dark Lord Day.
Madhouse Brewing Co. — Pastime Pale AleYear founded: 2010 Headquarters: Newton, Iowa Type of beer: “A hopped up version of an American-style pale ale,” according to the Madhouse Brewing website Fun fact: One of the founders, winemaker Mason Groben, had to get a law changed in order to establish the brewery; until he campaigned for the legislation to be changed, Iowa law forbade an employee of a winery from also working for another manufacturer of alcoholic beverages, which would have prevented him from being involved with Madhouse Brewing.
Free State Brewing Co. — Ad Astra AleYear founded: 1989 Headquarters: Lawrence, Kan. Type of beer: Amber ale Fun fact: The name Ad Astra originated from the Kansas state motto, “ad astra per aspera,” which is Latin for “to the stars through difficulties.”
Abita Brewing Co. — Purple HazeYear founded: 1986 Headquarters: Abita Springs, La. Type of beer: Lager brewed with raspberries Fun fact: Abita Brewery prides itself on its use of water drawn from a deep artesian well in the Southern Hills aquifer system; the company says its water has been tested and has been shown to be free of man-made pollutants that most other breweries have to filter out.
Allagash Brewing Co. — Allagash WhiteYear founded: 1994 Headquarters: Portland, Maine Type of beer: Belgian-style wheat ale Fun fact: All Allagash beers are made using the Belgian tradition of bottle conditioning, which means that a fresh dose of yeast and sugar is added just before bottling and the beer then goes into a new process of fermentation inside the bottle that adds a natural carbonation.
Originally National Brewing Co. but now owned by Pabst Brewing Co. — National BohemianYear founded: 1885 Headquarters: Baltimore Type of beer: Bohemian-style beer (Pilsner) Fun fact: National Bohemian was the first U.S. brewery to sell six-packs of cans.
Founders Brewing Co. — Breakfast StoutYear founded: 1997 Headquarters: Grand Rapids, Mich. Type of beer: Stout Fun fact: Founders Breakfast Stout is made with a unique combination of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and Sumatra and Kona coffee.
Surly Brewing Co. — Furious Year founded: 2005 Headquarters: Brooklyn Center, Minn. Type of beer: American-style India Pale Ale Fun fact: State liquor laws had to be changed for the brewery to be established, and the piece of proposed legislation that allowed brewers to sell pints of their own beer in the state of Minnesota was known as the “Surly Bill.” It was passed in 2011.
Lazy Magnolia Brewery — Southern Pecan Nut Brown AleYear founded: 2003 Headquarters: Kiln, Miss. Type of beer: Specialty brown ale Fun fact: According to Lazy Magnolia’s website, Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale is the first beer in the world made with whole roasted pecans.
St. Louis Brewery — Schlafly Pale AleYear founded: Incorporated in 1989; started producing beer in 1991 Headquarters: St. Louis Type of beer: Classic English-style ale Fun fact: To correctly pronounce Schlafly, pronounce “Schlaf” like “laugh,” “ly” like “lee” and combine them for “Schlaugh-lee.”
Big Sky Brewing Co. — Moose DroolYear founded: 1995 Headquarters: Missoula, Mont. Type of beer: Brown ale Fun fact: Big Sky Brewing was sued by Canada-based Moosehead Breweries in 2000 for using the word “moose” in the name of its popular Moose Drool brew.
Nebraska Brewing Co. — Hop God IPAYear founded: 2007 Headquarters: Papillion, Neb. Type of beer: A “crossbreed of a Belgian Tripel and a West Coast India Pale Ale,” according to the company’s website Fun fact: Nebraska Brewing Co. produces a special Reserve Series of oak-aged, bottle-conditioned beers in addition to its eight core beers. It uses chardonnay, whiskey and new oak barrels for these specialty brews.
Big Dog’s Brewing Co. — Dirty Dog IPAYear founded: 1993 Headquarters: Las Vegas Type of beer: American-style India Pale Ale Fun fact: Big Dog’s throws an annual beer and music festival called the “Peace, Love and Hoppy-ness Beer and Music Festival.”
Smuttynose Brewing Co. — Finestkind IPAYear founded: 1994 Headquarters: Portsmouth, N.H. Type of beer: American-style India Pale Ale Fun fact: The company is named after Smuttynose Island, the third largest of the nine islands that make up the Isles of Shoals. According to the website, “The name appears on nautical charts going back as far as the 17th century, so its true origins are lost to time.” The website also cheerily adds, “Prior to the arrival of Smuttynose Brewing, the island was best known for a brutal double axe murder that occurred there in 1873.”
Flying Fish Brewing Co. — Exit 4Year founded: Founded in 1995; opened in 1996 Headquarters: Cherry Hill, N.J. Type of beer: Belgian-style Trippel Fun fact: Flying Fish was founded on the Web — the company’s website allowed beer lovers to help build the brewery by selecting and naming beers, designing T-shirts and labels, volunteering to be taste-testers and even applying for jobs as brewers.
Santa Fe Brewing Co. — Santa Fe Pale AleYear founded: 1988 Headquarters: Santa Fe, N.M. Type of beer: American pale ale Fun fact: In 2010, Santa Fe Brewing became the first brewery in New Mexico to make canned beer.
Brooklyn Brewery — Brooklyn LagerYear founded: 1988 Headquarters: Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y. Type of beer: Lager Fun fact: The brewery’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, authored the award-winning book “The Brewmaster’s Table” and is editor-in-chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer.”
Red Oak Brewery — Amber LagerYear founded: 1991 Headquarters: Whitsett, N.C. Type of beer: Munich Urtyp (Old Style) lager Fun fact: All Red Oak beer is brewed based on Reinheitsgebot, also known as the German Beer Purity Law, which means the only ingredients involved in production are malted barley, hops, water and yeast — no rice, corn, adjuncts, additives or preservatives.
Fargo Brewing Co. — Wood ChipperYear founded: 2010 Headquarters: Fargo, N.D. Type of beer: India Pale Ale Fun fact: The brewer’s Wood Chipper IPA is named after the famous wood chipper from the movie “Fargo.”
Great Lakes Brewing Co. — Burning River Pale AleYear founded: 1988 Headquarters: Cleveland Type of beer: American pale ale Fun fact: Burning River Pale Ale was named after the fires (there were at least 13) on the Cuyahoga River, which was at one time one of the most polluted rivers in the United States.
Marshall Brewing Co. — Atlas India Pale AleYear founded: 2008 Headquarters: Tulsa, Okla. Type of beer: India Pale Ale Fun fact: Marshall Brewing originated when David Marshall, a bagpipes player and a Scottish culture enthusiast, turned his youngest son’s bedroom into a pub after he left for college.
Rogue Ales — Dead Guy AleYear founded: 1988 Headquarters: Newport, Ore. Type of beer: German maibock-style ale Fun fact: The Newport brewery was sold to founder Jack Joyce at a generous price under two conditions: that a picture of the seller — Mohave Niemi, founder of the famous Mo’s Clam Chowder — naked in a bathtub be displayed at the pub forever, and that the brewery give back to the local community. According to the Rogue Ales website, the picture is still there, on the wall to the left of the bar.
D.G. Yuengling & Son — Yuengling Traditional LagerYear founded: 1829 Headquarters: Pottsville, Pa. Type of beer: American lager Fun fact: In 1920, Yuengling opened a dairy directly across from the brewery in order to survive the Prohibition; when Prohibition ended in 1933, the company shipped a truckload of its beer to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Narragansett Brewing Co. — Narragansett LagerYear founded: Founded in 1888, and the first beer was produced in 1890; it closed in 1981 and was re-established in 2005. Headquarters: Cranston, R.I. Type of beer: Classic American lager Fun fact: At one time, the Narragansett brewery property held a barn, stable, blacksmith, 75 horses, 45 wagons, gas-powered trucks, electric trucks, 25 refrigerated train cars and its own ice plant.
Coast Brewing Co. — 32/50 KolschYear founded: 2007 Headquarters: Charleston, S.C. Type of beer: Kolsch-style ale Fun fact: Coast Brewing Co. is the smallest microbrewery in South Carolina and uses organic and local ingredients.
Firehouse Brewing Co. — Firehouse RedYear founded: 1991 Headquarters: Rapid City, S.D. Type of beer: Ale Fun fact: The brewery was originally converted from a fire hall to a fine dining restaurant in 1975, complete with chandelier-lit booths, red carpet and valet.
Ghost River — Golden AleYear founded: 2008 Headquarters: Memphis, Tenn. Type of beer: Ale Fun fact: Ghost River Brewing — which says on its website that “great water makes great beer” — donates some of the proceeds of every barrel sold to the Wolf River Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Wolf River and its watershed.
Squatters Beers — Big CottonwoodYear founded: 1989 Headquarters: Salt Lake City Type of beer: Amber ale Fun fact: Big Cottonwood was named for a 15-mile-long canyon in Utah where visitors go hiking, biking, picnicking, rock-climbing, camping and fishing in the summer, as well as skiing and snowboarding in the winter.
Magic Hat Brewing Co. — Magic Hat #9Year founded: 1994 Headquarters: South Burlington, Vt. Type of beer: “Not quite pale ale,” according to the company’s website Fun fact: One of the founders, Bob Johnson, first started making beer in a bathtub at Goddard College in 1978.
Starr Hill Brewery — Northern Lights IPAYear founded: 1999 Headquarters: Crozet, Va. Type of beer: Classic, American-style India Pale Ale Fun fact: Starr Hill Brewery is considered part of the “Brew Ridge Trail,” a string of craft breweries in Virginia.
Redhook Ale Brewery — Redhook ESBYear founded: 1981 Headquarters: Seattle Type of beer: British ESB (Extra Special Bitter) amber beer Fun fact: The original Redhook Ale earned the nickname “banana beer” because the first few batches had a banana-like taste caused by a certain yeast strain.
Mountain State Brewing Co. — Seneca Indian Pale Ale
- 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.
New Glarus Brewing Co. — Spotted CowYear founded: 1993 Headquarters: New Glarus, Wis. Type of beer: Naturally cloudy, cask-conditioned farmhouse ale Fun fact: You can only get New Glarus beers in Wisconsin. The website says: “There are only so many hours in the day to make beer, and we can only keep up with the local demand.”
Snake River Brewery — Snake River LagerYear founded: 1994 Headquarters: Jackson, Wyo. Type of beer: Vienna-style lager Fun fact: One of Snake River’s brews, the Organic Beer #1, received organic certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2006.