The Most Popular Beers by State Slideshow
April 1, 2016
Beer is enjoyed by many throughout the country; here are the favorites by state
Alabama — Bud Light
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(Best seller: Bud Light) Beer is no stranger to our Alabamian friends. Their favorite brand-name beer is none other than Bud Light, which is readily available across the state. As far as craft beer is concerned, El Gordo (Russian Imperial Stout) and, Hitchhiker (American IPA), both from Good People Brewing Company and Cabernet Barrel-Aged Laika Stout (Russian Imperial Stout from Straight To Ale) are the top three choices.
Alaska — Lindeman’s Frambiose
(Best seller: Bud Light) Alaska enjoys the frothy, pink-headed, raspberry-flavored Lindeman’s Frambiose from Belgium. According to beer advocate, the craft beers of choice include a couple of home-grown offerings: A Deal With The Devil (from Anchorage Brewing Company, with a whopping 17.3 percent ABV) and Artic Devil Barley Wine (from Midnight Sun Brewing Co., boasting a 13.2 ABV).
Arizona — Tower Station
(Best seller: Bud Light) After sightseeing around the Grand Canyon, stop by a local bar for a refreshing chilled mug of Bud Light or an American IPA, like Tower Station (Mother Road Brewery) or Dragoon (by the eponymous brewery). The latter of which is full of fruity, floral, and citrusy hop flavors.
California — Blue Moon
Colorado -— Coors Light
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(Best seller: Bud Light) Bud Light and Coors Light have Colorado hooked on their golden, frothy goodness. Brewed in The Centennial State, Coors Light’s understated sweet taste is enjoyed statewide. Likewise, Bud Light’s blend of premium aroma hop varieties and mix of barley and rice is embraced by Coloradans.
Connecticut — Corona
Delaware — Dogfish Head 60 Minutes
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District of Columbia — Miller Lite
The nation’s capital has voted for Miller Lite as its most popular draft to have on-hand. The low-(96)-calorie malty beverage is surprisingly rich and full-bodied, with light sweetness, and is enjoyed everywhere from Capitol Hill to Tenleytown.
Florida — Pabst Blue Ribbon
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(Best Seller: Bud Light)The Sunshine State has a soft spot for Pabst Blue Ribbon also receives high votes. The premium American lager combines American and European hops, creating a clean and crisp finish. Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Double Barrel Aged and Morning Wood are popular artisanal beers in Florida as well.
Idaho — Double Vision Doppelbock
(Best Seller: Bud Light) The gem of Idaho’s craft beer scene is Double Vision Doppelbock from Grand Teton Brewing Co. Idahoans can’t get enough of the rich aroma of baked bread, raisins, and caramel. The ale is a dark leather color with ruby notes, a luxurious tan head, and a bready aroma with a hint of smoke.
Illinois — Guinness and Coors
Indiana — Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord
Indiana is a huge fan Coors Light’s mildly lemon-like character. Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Bean Dark Lord is the most popular craft beer in the state. Brewed by Indiana-based 3 Floyds Brewing Co., this bubbly, dark Russian imperial stout aged with vanilla beans in bourbon barrels clocks in at a whopping 15 percent ABV.
Iowa — Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
(Best Seller: Bud Light) The Hawkeye State delights in the handcrafted ale, Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout (12 percent ABV), from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company. Barrel-aged with coffee essence, this delicious beer is wildly popular in this Midwestern state.
Kansas — Old Backus Barleywine
While the Sunflower State thoroughly enjoys Coors Light, high marks are also given to Free State Brewing Co.’s homegrown Old Backus Barleywine. The award-winning ale is unfiltered and has a great deal of malts and hops. Such a complex beer is savored slowly and in moderation, as it contains a high ABV at 10.5 percent.
Kentucky - Bo & Luke
(Best Seller: Bud Light) It makes sense for a laid-back state like Kentucky, to prefer a no-fuss brew like Bo & Luke. The bourbon inspired ale is inspired by smoked barley, rye, and corn (ingredients used in bourbon whiskey) and then aged in Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon barrels. The resulting beer is rich and complex, with a bourbon character of caramel, vanilla and spice to enjoy anytime.
Maine -— Dinner
Maine residents have decent taste in beer. The two beloved picks are Budweiser and locally brewed Dinner from Maine Beer Company. Intended to be hoppy but well balanced on the front end, a sweeter, juicy clean middle emerges as there’s grapefruit hop bitterness on the finish. The complex flavors captivate Mainers' palates.
Maryland — Stillwater/ Westbrook Gose Gone Wild
Known for fresh seafood and great college football an basketball games, Marylanders have selected key beers that pair well with both: Miller Lite and regional favorite, Stillwater / Westbrook Gose Gone Wild. This reinterpreted brew is a remake of Westbrook’s mellow, refreshing Gose lager with a load of Citra and Amarillo hops resulting in a bolder flavored ale.
Massachusetts — Good Morning
(Best Seller: Bud Light) Massachusetts fancies Good Morning, an imperial stout from Tree House Brewing Company with an eight percent ABV. If you were going to have a beer for breakfast — not that we're recommending it — this would be the one, as it has a creamy mousse-like head, with aromas of rich milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and dark amber maple syrup.
Minnesota — Todd The Axe Man
Montana — Big Sky Country
(Best Seller: Bud Light) Naturally, the Big Sky Country would support and revere its own Big Sky IPA. The Indian pale ale is rich with a piquant hop presence and malty backbone.
Nevada - Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout
(Best Seller: Bud Light ) A brew with bourbon, maple syrup, espresso, caramel, and coconut notes would entice almost anyone to try it. In Nevada, that is certainly the case, as Joseph James Brewing Inc.’s Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout’s attractive qualities earned a number one vote from the state and rightly so.
New Jersey — Sunday Brunch
(Best Seller: Bud Light) Among the popular craft brews that New Jersey is proud to claim as its own are Sunday Brunch and Mexican Brunch, from Kane Brewing Company. Both are imperial milk porters but Sunday Brunch has coffee, maple syrup, and cinnamon notes, while Mexican Brunch is lightly spicy, smoky, and tinged with chocolate and vanilla flavors. Corona also join the brunch beers in the winner’s circle as the states most popular beers.
New Mexico — Elevated IPA
(Best Seller: Bud Light ) No surprise here, New Mexico likes to keep it spicy when it comes to its craft beer. Elevated IPA clenches the title of the state’s most popular bubbled brews. Elevated is produced in New Mexico and showcases big, spicy pine flavors, is quite dry, and features hints of apricot.
New York — Stella Artois
North Carolina — The Event Horizon
Heineken’s well-balanced qualities are savored by the Tar Heel State. Although the first sip starts off biting, the beer then becomes slightly sweet, ending with a clean, not-too-bitter finish. But the state’s own imperial stour, The Event Horizon, is the main event. The nose on this entry from Olde Hickory Brewery suggests tobacco and molasses essences, but the strong bourbon top notes rounds out the aroma. Sipped and not guzzled, The Event Horizon is a great choice after a long day.
North Dakota — Shiner Bock
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While Bud Light is the top beer and best seller, we see why Shiner Bock is one of the top beers in North Dakota. Boasting delicate sweet barley notes along with a crisp finish, Shiner Bock is very drinkable and perfect for any time of day. (Well, afternoon and after.)
Ohio — Columbus Bodhi Double
(Best seller: Bud Light.) Bud Light and Columbus Bodhi Double Imperial Pale Ale (DIPA) are hits in Ohio. We really dig Columbus Bodhi. This ale has sweet floral hops with a light bitterness on the swallow. It’s also well rounded and perfect for a warm day.
Oklahoma — BOMB!
(Best seller: Bud Light.) Oklahomans explode in excitement over BOMB! imperial stout. Crafted in the Sooner State, BOMB! is infused with coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and ancho chiles — and boasts a dynamite ABV of 13 percent.
Oregon — The Abyss
(Best seller: Bud Light.) The Abyss, a locally produced imperial stout, The Abyss, is revered in Oregon, even though Bud Light sells far more. The Abyss, from Deschutes Brewery, is actually aged 50 percent in bourbon, Oregon oak, and pinot noir barrels, which contribute to its complex flavor. Hints of raisin and vanilla are evident.
Pennsylvania — Grande Negro Voodoo Papi Bourbon Barrel Aged
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The Keystone State relishes in dark stouts as citizens opt for Guinness Draught and Grande Negro Voodoo Papi Bourbon Barrel Aged the most. The dark chocolate and coffee bean traits in Guinness are hard to resist. The Grande Negro Voodoo, employs local maple syrup, organic cacao nibs, and serrano chiles; this regional brew could have you under its spell as well.
Rhode Island — Captain's Daughter
(Best seller: Bud Light.) For those who eschew the mass-produced stuff, the Ocean State has claimed indigenous Captain's Daughter as its favorite craft lager. Yet, An imperial IPA from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, it's brewed with high-quality pilsner malt and flakes of oat and aggressive hops sourced from the Pacific Northwest.
South Carolina — Mexican Cake
(Best seller: Bud Light.) Bud Light and Mexican Cake sound like a college student’s meal, but in this case, they are South Carolina’s two favorite beers. The Palmetto State’s very own Westbrook Brewing offers Mexican Cake, an imperial stout aged with ingredients such as cinnamon sticks and habanero chiles.
South Dakota — Pil O' Dirt Porter
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(Best seller: Bud Light.) The connoisseurs of the Mount Rushmore State support the local Crow Peak Brewing, and treasures its Pile O' Dirt Porter. The dark, robust porter is rich, with a pleasant mild finish coupled with slight hoppiness. And of course, Bud Light is a favorite as well.
Tennessee — Austronaut Status
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(Best seller: Bud Light.) Those in Tennessee who aren't quaffing Bud Light think the resident ale called Astronaut Status by Wiseacre Brewing is out of this world. Aged in bourbon barrels with cinnamon sticks and vanilla for 11 months, the brew is slightly sweet with fig and raisin notes.
Texas — Atrial Rubicite
Corona and Atrial Rubicite are the most popular choices in the Lone Star State. Atrial is sold in 500-milliliter (16.91-ounce) bottles instead of the standard 12-ouncers — everything is bigger in Texas, after all. The American ale is made with well water, and is full of barley, wheat, raspberries, and locally sourced yeast. This unfiltered, unpasteurized frothy beverage is easily one of Texas’ pride and joys.
Utah — Big Bad Baptist
The names of Utah’s choice beers — Wasatch Polygamy Nitro Porter and Big Bad Baptist —‚ may be cause for a second glance, especially on April Fool’s Day, but we won’t get into that. Polygamy Nitro Porter is a dark brown ale with inferences toward cocoa, dark fruit aromas, and roasted malts. The other, Big Bad Baptist, is bourbon-barrel-stored with cocoa and coffee extracts.
Vermont - Switchback
(Best seller: Bud Light.) Bud Light and Switchback Ale are very well-liked in the Green Mountain State. Switchback’s complexity of mixed yeast, hop, and malts result in a smooth and refreshing beer. The unfiltered amber ale is satisfying and full of flavor with a remarkably clean and smooth finish.
Virginia - Resolute Coconut
Virginia not just to Bud Light but also to home-brewed Resolute – Coconut. The imperial stout from Brothers Craft Brewing clocks in at 13.5 ABV and is full of rich chocolate, caramel, and bourbon hints with a coconut aftertaste.
Washington - Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable: Coffee and Cinnamon
Best seller: Bud Light) Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable: Coffee and Cinnamon is a favorite Washington State lager along with Bud Light. The beer is full of toffee–plenty of plum, fig currants and raisins characteristics.
West Virginia - Magic Hat #9
(Best seller: Bud Light.) Though hailing from Vermont, Magic Hat #9 has settled into the bars and homes of West Virginians. The dry, crisp, yet not quite pale ale is a slight mystery. Mixed with crystal malts, Apollo hops and apricot essence, Magic Hat #9 has the mountain state charmed.
Wisconsin - Black Gold
(Best seller: Bud Light.) Doesn’t an imperial stout with whispers of toffee with bourbon influences sound appealing? We agree and the Badger State would agree too. It’s original Black Gold (2015) imperial stout fits the bill and has become a favorite in Wisconsin alongside Bud Light.
Wyoming - Snake River American Pale Ale
(Best seller: Bud Light) The Equality State likes its original Snake River American Pale Ale and Bud Light equally. Snake River uses domestic malts and has citrus hops with a firm, bitter finish. It’s an intriguing complement with spicy Asian cuisine and, surprisingly, salad.