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Old 09-20-2016, 09:21 PM
 
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Pretty good choices. From USA Today FWIW:

10 Best editors have compiled this state-by-state guide so you can plan your next beer pilgrimage:

California, 268 craft breweries. ...
Washington, 136 craft breweries. ...
Colorado, 130 craft breweries. ...
Oregon, 124 craft breweries. ...
Michigan, 102 craft breweries. ...
Pennsylvania, 93 craft breweries. ...
Wisconsin, 75 craft breweries...


Fun with numbers while drinking a Firestone Luponic Distortion


California --39 million/268 breweries =145,500 people/brewery
Washington --7m/136=51,500
Colorado --5.5m/130=42,300
Oregon --4m/124=32,000
Michigan --10m/102=98,000
Pennsylvania --13m/93=140,000
Wisconsin --5.5m/75=73,000
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Old 09-20-2016, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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Fun with numbers while drinking a Firestone Luponic Distortion


California --39 million/268 breweries =145,500 people/brewery
Washington --7m/136=51,500
Colorado --5.5m/130=42,300
Oregon --4m/124=32,000
Michigan --10m/102=98,000
Pennsylvania --13m/93=140,000
Wisconsin --5.5m/75=73,000
Fun, but kind of meaningless. San Diego metro alone has 129 breweries.

http://www.westcoastersd.com/sd-brewing-industry-watch/

San Diego metro: 3.09 million/129 breweries = 23,953 people/brewery
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati (Pleasant Ridge)
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Bottom line is there are tons of great breweries all over the country. What used to be walking to your corner bar for a pint is becoming walking to your corner brewery for a pint. In Greater Cincinnati we have close to 70 breweries with more opening up so often it's hard to keep track. Most of them are just small neighborhood micro-breweries.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:09 PM
 
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Hard to find an area that does not have great craft beers. American beer was once crap for the most part, now great beer flows like wine. But some of these beers go overboard, end up with something that's no longer beer, usually the ones with the ridiculous names & labels. Creating subtle flavors, retaining the beer essence seems a challenge for many brewers.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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NC's largest cities do pretty well in terms of quality these days. It's a shame that NC will not be known as a craft brew state outside the state borders until a law prohibiting breweries from selling more than 25,000 barrels without going through a distributor are repealed. This is the main reason people outside the state generally don't know about the beer in it, and why despite having more craft breweries than any other southern state, the economic impact of craft beer in the state is not even the largest in the south.

Favorite from each city:

Charlotte - Wooden Robot
Raleigh - Trophy
Greensboro - Gibb's Hundred
Durham - Ponysaurus
Winston-Salem - Foothills
Asheville - Wicked Weed
Trophy also has delicious pizza.
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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This, and it isn't really that close. Bissell Bros is tops in my book (nothing really beats Swish), Foundation, Oxbow, Rising Tide... on and on and on.

I try to jock Madison WI and Burlington VT whenever I can, and both have great breweries, but within the city nothing like Portland, ME.
As much as I don't miss living in Portland, it's a great beer town (Novare Res is and has been one of the better beer bars in America for a long time), I'd agree. It's the best for craft beer. It's funny you mention Bissel Bros. I went to school with one of the Bros. (Pete), so it's nice to see them get some recognition. They're relatively new to the scene too. Anyway, there are a lot of major cities with a ton of good breweries, but there aren't many places that craft beer is so pervasive in the lifestyle as Portland. It's a real beer town in a region with a lot of great beer towns (Burlington, Portsmouth, etc.).
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I've branched out from craft beers and now enjoy imbibing in small batch spirits from local distilleries. There's one here in Denver that makes an awesome sugar beet rum - although they can't legally call it rum because it's not made from sugarcane. Good stuff.
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Old 09-21-2016, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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But some of these beers go overboard, end up with something that's no longer beer, usually the ones with the ridiculous names & labels. Creating subtle flavors, retaining the beer essence seems a challenge for many brewers.
Western PA and WNY is overrun with craft breweries, with even more opening up, and the quality has declined. In fact, my friends have gone back to bottled imports. The last several breweries we visited were incredible disappointments. In one we tried a flight, we couldn't even finish the samples.

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Old 09-21-2016, 09:27 PM
 
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Bluecare, I think you're right, seems the number of beers is getting a little out of hand, not likely to last. I think out here, Southern Tier is king and will remain so.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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Western PA and WNY is overrun with craft breweries, with even more opening up, and the quality has declined. In fact, my friends have gone back to bottled imports. The last several breweries we visited were incredible disappointments. In one we tried a flight, we couldn't even finish the samples.
I agree that some places can get overrun, but that doesn't mean that there aren't good ones opening up. Or that the bad ones can't improve. We live in a place that's very craft beer-friendly, and we've watched the mediocre breweries pick up their game after watching other people turn up their noses at sub-par beer.

I'm not sure what the saturation point is, but the craft culture is palpably more ingrained in some areas than others (it's certainly more noticeable to me in the West) and they're kind of the equivalent of the ubiquitous neighborhood pub in the UK- a social space as well as a drinking place.

On a specific note, my wife is from Meadville and when we've gone back to visit, we've been very impressed with Voodoo Brewing, which also has a Homestead location and an Erie pub coming soon.
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