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The Best Beer From Every State, According to the Biggest American Beer Nerds

So much beer, so little time to try them all.


Beer junkies really don’t play around. If a craft beer expert invites you over to their house, don’t you dare show up with your run-of-the-mill ale, unless you want to be a prime target for condescending questions. Questions like “What the hell is that?” and “Why would you even choose to drink that mass-produced swill over the copious number of lovingly crafted local brews available all across this great nation?” Standing there, with a normal Bud in hand — that’s a lager, by the way — you’ll be at a loss for words.

To avoid that embarrassment, Zymurgy Magazinea publication for homebrewers— has once again released its list of the best beers from around the country, at least according to members of the American Homebrewers Association. While even the most refined beer palettes in the country can’t always be expected to always agree on the best beers, you’re sure to find your next favorite somewhere on this list of the best beers in each state.

There’s a little something for everyone in this list, and conversely, something for everyone to hate. Parents, beware: Big beers with the kind of punch that will make you a negligent sitter are all over this list. There’s not one session beer, the fancy term for low-ABV craft brews made for all-day-drinking on this list. So crack open your A Deal with the Devil, a 17.3 percent barleywine from Anchorage, or Bomb!, a ridiculous 13-percent chocolate stout late at night, when the kids are asleep and sobriety isn’t a must. Otherwise, take note of the ABV when shopping and stick with styles like porter (see, the ridiculously tasty Alaskan Smoked Porter), stout (just make sure they aren’t imperial stouts), and pale ale beers like Iowa’s psuedoSue from the ever reliable Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

Here’s the entire list.

ALABAMA: Yellowhammer Brewing Rebellion, Yellowhammer Brewery

ALABAMA: Folklore Brewing & Meadery Shadowcaster Port, Folklore Brewing & Meadery

ALASKA: A Deal with the Devil, Anchorage Brewing Co.

ALASKA: Alaskan Smoked Porter & Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Brewing Co.

ARIZONA: Achocolypse, Prescott Brewing Company

ARKANSAS: Cream Stout, Ozark Beer Co.

CALIFORNIA: Pliny the Elder, Russian River Brewing Company

COLORADO: Milk Stout Nitro, Left Hand Brewing Company

CONNECTICUT: Imperial Stout Trooper, New England Brewing Co.

DELAWARE: 90 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

FLORIDA: Jai Alai IPA, Cigar City Brewing

GEORGIA: Tropicália IPA, Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

HAWAII: Coconut Hiwa Porter,  Maui Brewing Co.

HAWAII: Pipeline Porter & Koko Brown, Kona Brewing Co.

IDAHO: Rabbit Punch Irish Red, RAM Restaurant & Brewery

ILLINOIS: Bourbon County Brand Stout, Goose Island Beer Co.

INDIANA:  Zombie Dust, Three Floyds Brewing Co.

IOWA: pseudoSue, Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.

KANSAS: Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout, Tallgrass Brewing Co.

KENTUCKY: West Sixth IPA,  West Sixth Brewing

LOUISIANA: Miel Sauvage, Bayou Teche Brewing

MAINE: Dinner, Main Beer Co.

MARYLAND: Raging Bitch Belgian IPA, Flying Dog Brewery

MASSACHUSETTS: Julius, Tree House Brewing Co.

MICHIGAN: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, Bell’s Brewery

MINNESOTA: Abrasive Ale & Todd the Axe Man, Surly Brewing Co.

MISSISSIPPI: Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co.

MISSOURI: Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Boulevard Brewing Co.

MONTANA: Single Hop Northwest Pale Ale, Bitter Root Brewing Co.

NEBRASKA:  Barrel Aged HopAnomaly, Nebraska Brewing Co.

NEVADA:  Dirty Wookie, The Brewer’s Cabinet

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Moonlight Meadery Utopian, Moonlight Meadery

NEW JERSEY: Head High, Kane Brewing Company

NEW MEXICO: Elevated IPA, La Cumbre Brewing Co.

NEW YORK: Choklat Oranj, Southern Tier Brewing Co.

NORTH CAROLINA: Pernicious IPA, Wicked Weed Brewing Co.

NORTH DAKOTA: No winner.

OHIO: JuJu Imperial IPA, Fat Heads Brewery Hop

OKLAHOMA: Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb!, Prairie Artisan Ales

OREGON: Fresh Squeezed IPA, Deschutes Brewery

PENNSYLVANIA: Nugget Nectar, Tröegs Independent Brewing

RHODE ISLAND: Captain’s Daughter, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

SOUTH CAROLINA: Huger Street IPA, Palmetto Brewing Company

SOUTH DAKOTA: Chokecherry Brown Ale, Miner Brewing Co.

TENNESSEE: Hefeweizen, Yazoo Brewing Co.

TEXAS: Atrial Rubicite, Jester King Brewery

UTAH: Big Bad Baptist, EPIC Brewing Company

VERMONT: Heady Topper, The Alchemist Brewery

VIRGINIA: Christmas Morning, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

WASHINGTON: Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star, Fremont Brewing


WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Belgian Red, New Glarus Brewing Co.

WYOMING: 2×4 DIPA, Melvin Brewing