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View Poll Results: What is the best all around region for Craft beer in The United States?
Greak Lakes:IL, IN, MI, OH, WI 62 22.55%
Mid-AtlanticE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, D.C. 26 9.45%
Midwest: IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD 16 5.82%
Mountain: CO, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY 29 10.55%
New England: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT 14 5.09%
Northwest: AK, OR, WA 65 23.64%
Pacific: CA, HI 27 9.82%
South: AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, TN 5 1.82%
South-Atlantic: FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV 19 6.91%
Southwest: AZ, NM, OK, TX 12 4.36%
Voters: 275. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-19-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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Totally agree with this. When I hear people in other countries say America has terrible beer, I just have to shake my head. I agree it has some of the worst beer on earth, but at the same time its micorbrews rival anywhere.

To be fair, when I have Euro friends visit me they pretty much dislike our good craft beers almost across the board. There are exceptions, but to many even our lower hopped beers are still way too hoppy.

There are exceptions of course. And if you're in the UK and used to a real ale, what we have here is a very different thing.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:33 PM
 
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To be fair, when I have Euro friends visit me they pretty much dislike our good craft beers almost across the board. There are exceptions, but to many even our lower hopped beers are still way too hoppy.

There are exceptions of course. And if you're in the UK and used to a real ale, what we have here is a very different thing.
Great point, we had some German friends visiting recently and served them various microbrews. They almost couldn't drink them. Luckily I had some Warsteiner too or they would have left thirsty.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: San Leandro
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Pacific coast has rhe best soil for hops. Its not even close.

Midwest is not even on the level at all.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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Pacific coast has rhe best soil for hops. Its not even close.

Midwest is not even on the level at all.
Yes most hops are grown in the PNW. That has nothing to do with breweries though. Just about all breweries will get their hops from the PNW if they are domestic, but they also import them for certain types of beer. There are TONS of incredible breweries in the Great Lakes region that easily compete with the PNW.
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:11 PM
 
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I still do not see how Colorado is so far behind in this poll! It truly does have so many more breweries in the Denver Metro than almost any other city in the US! And on top of that, they are great breweries! I guess it boils down to lack of people knowing about how many great breweries are in our backyard.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: First Hill, Seattle
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I still do not see how Colorado is so far behind in this poll! It truly does have so many more breweries in the Denver Metro than almost any other city in the US! And on top of that, they are great breweries! I guess it boils down to lack of people knowing about how many great breweries are in our backyard.
Well look at it this way: most of the other mountain states aren't really known for their craft beer besides Colorado. I know Montana and Idaho have a few, but not comparable. So it's essentially Colorado competing against entire regions. California is too (Hawaii does have Kona beer but, meh) but I think in terms of raw numbers California has way more breweries.

Colorado has some amazing breweries - Avery, Odell, Left Hand just off the top of my head all have some very very good beers. But so does the Northeast, the Great Lakes, the Pac NW, and California. I think per capita Colorado might take the cake.... but in terms of raw numbers, I think it falls short. Again - not a knock against Colorado. But it's just one state.
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Downtown LA
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To be fair, when I have Euro friends visit me they pretty much dislike our good craft beers almost across the board. There are exceptions, but to many even our lower hopped beers are still way too hoppy.
I have never noticed that to be the case. Then again I don't like IPAs and never order them.
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Old 05-19-2014, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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To be fair, when I have Euro friends visit me they pretty much dislike our good craft beers almost across the board. There are exceptions, but to many even our lower hopped beers are still way too hoppy.
Yes, but Euros can also suck it. Pour me another Sculpin, please.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:52 AM
 
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Yes, but Euros can also suck it. Pour me another Sculpin, please.
Murica!
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis (St. Louis Park)
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I still do not see how Colorado is so far behind in this poll! It truly does have so many more breweries in the Denver Metro than almost any other city in the US! And on top of that, they are great breweries! I guess it boils down to lack of people knowing about how many great breweries are in our backyard.
I have a STRONG feeling that the same problem of not knowing about others' regions isn't unique to Colorado.

Unless you've had the best of the best (according to Beer Advocate, for example) or traveled to all regions of the country and have extensively tried the beer selection, it's hard to know for certain. For me, I've had many beers from the best breweries in the country/world, but not the best beers. For example, good luck getting your hands on a Three Floyd's Dark Lord Burbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout bomber -- widely considered one of the best beers on the planet! I know I haven't!
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