The Most Popular Beer In Every State, According To Google

The Most Popular Beer In Every State, According To Google

Back in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt passed a law that allowed people to brew and sell their own beer, so long as it remained under 4 percent alcohol by volume. At the time, it had been 13 years since Americans could buy beer, thanks to Prohibition. Fast forward to today and beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in the U.S.—and many brews are well beyond that 4 percent ABV mark.

Last year, the U.S. beer industry sold over 207.4 million barrels of beer. That’s a whole lot of brew! From sours, saisons and ales to malts, stouts and porters, the beer industry has grown to encompass a huge variety of beer types, and everyone has a favorite. With the help of Google Trends, Food & Wine identified a list of the most popular beers in each state.

The most popular brand overall? The slightly-sweet Belgian white ale Blue Moon, which is the favorite of 13 states, followed by Yuengling, the favorite in five states. While some states stay loyal to their locally-made brew, others prefer types over brands. Interestingly enough, Utah’s favorite beer is of the non-alcoholic variety: root beer.

Keep reading to get the full list.

Alabama: Blue Moon

Originally called Bellyside Belgian White, Blue Moon is a Belgian-style witbier most often enjoyed with an orange slice to enhance the Valencia Orange peel flavor within the brew.

blue moon beer photo
Getty Images | Neilson Barnard

Alaska: Irish Death

As The Iron Horse Brewery’s flagship beer, Quilter’s Irish Death is a crowd-pleaser characterized by its chocolate-y, caramel flavors. According to the brewery, they refer to it as beer candy.

Iron Horse Brewery

Arizona: 805

Up until two years ago, 805 Blonde Ale was sold only in California, which makes sense as it was “created for the laid-back California lifestyle.” But due to its huge popularity, it now ships to Nevada, Texas and, of course, Arizona, who can’t get enough of it.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Arkansas: Rainier

Best Rainier Beer story? In 2004, a bear drank 36 cans of this brew after having found a cooler full of beer in Baker Lake, Washington. As the story goes, the bear drank all the Rainier, while leaving the Busch beer untouched.

Wikipedia

California: 805

805 Beer is brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company, the fourth largest craft brewery in California. This light blonde ale prides itself on embodying the California lifestyle: the coast, outdoors and chilling out with friends and good beer.

805 beer photo
Flickr | Sam Howzit

Colorado: Boulder

As Colorado’s first craft brewery, Boulder Beer was founded in 1979 and is known as a pioneer of craft brew in the state.

beer photo
Getty Images | Mike Hewitt

Connecticut: Blue Moon

While everyone’s familiar with the classic Blue Moon Belgian White, Blue Moon also offers seasonal beers like mango wheat and cinnamon horchata ale.

blue moon beer photo
Getty Images | Bennett Raglin

Delaware: Dewey

This beer is brewed locally in Dewey Beach, Delaware at the Dewey Beer Co., a brewery where you can order a beer that was brewed less than 30 feet away from where you’re drinking it.

Facebook/ Dewey Beer Co.

Washington, D.C.: Dacha

If you’re a beer lover in Washington, D.C., chances are Dacha Beer Garden is where you drink your brew. From German, Belgian and American craft beers to local meads and ciders, Dacha has all your beer drinking needs covered.

beer photo
Flickr | QuinnDombrowski

Florida: Jai Alai

Brewed by Tampa Bay, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing, this India Pale Ale is named in honor of Jai Alai, a game that’s played in the Basque region of Spain.

Facebook/ Cigar City Brewing

Georgia: Blue Moon

Blue Moon started out in downtown Denver, specifically at the start of baseball season in 1995. Since they were located in the Coors Field baseball stadium, they were called The Sandlot Brewery.

blue moon beer photo
Getty Images | Neilson Barnard

Hawaii: Aloha

Locally owned and operated, Honolulu’s Aloha Brewery Co. brews a range of beers that include IPAs, blondes, porters, gose and more.

Facebook/ Aloha Beer Co.

Idaho: Gluten-Free Beer

Think gluten-free beer skimps on flavor? Think again. It’s Idaho’s favorite type of beer! In fact, the gluten-free beer market is primed to grow in 2018 due to an increase in demand among gluten-intolerant beer drinkers.

beer photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

Illinois: Blue Moon

Did you know Blue Moon is brewed by MillerCoors? Most people don’t. The bottles don’t have the MillerCoors name on it, despite this fact.

blue moon beer photo
Flickr | e.mcclay

Indiana: Yuengling

It took 188 years for Yuengling beer to be sold in Indiana. Last year, the state celebrated being the 20th state the beer had expanded to.

Yuengling photo
Flickr | gongus

Iowa: Yuengling

Yuengling managed to survive prohibition by selling “near beer,” which was .5 percent alcohol.

Yuengling beer photo
Flickr | Scottb211

Kansas: Blue Moon

Even if you’re not a beer drinker, Blue Moon is known to taste good in recipes ranging from tacos to chicken skewers.

Facebook/ Blue Moon

Kentucky: Yuengling

When Prohibition officially ended in 1933, Yuengling shipped a truckload of beer to then-president, Franklin Roosevelt.

Yuengling beer photo
Flickr | andrewmalone

Louisiana: Bayou

Founded in 2009, the Louisiana-based Bayou Teche Brewery’s goal is to create craft beers that “complement the cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles.” No wonder it’s a state favorite!

beer drinking photo
Getty Images | Matt Cardy

Maine: Bear Bones

This independent nano-brewery is based in downtown Lewiston, Maine and focuses on making sustainable craft beer.

Bear Bones Brewery

Maryland: Attaboy

Situated in Frederick, Maryland, Attaboy is an independent brewery that boasts a creative selection of beers on tap ranging from IPAs to Belgians and seasonal beers.

Facebook/ Attaboy

Massachusetts: Cape Cod

Launched in 2004, Cape Cod Beer boasts a huge selection of beers ranging from their cask and barrel series to seasonal brews and even a collection of coffee-inspired brews.

Facebook/ Cape Cod Beer

Michigan: M-43

This New England-style IPA is Michigan-based Old Nation Brewing Company’s most popular beer. It’s so popular, in fact, that it sends out around 4,000 cases of beer each week.

Old Nation Brewing Co.

Minnesota: Hamms

Hamms beer was first brewed in Minnesota in 1865 and is well known for its “Land of Sky Blue Waters” jingle and mascot, the Hamm’s Beer bear.

hamms beer photo
Flickr | Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

Mississippi: Blue Moon

Fun fact: The name for the Blue Moon Brewing Company was born after an admin exclaimed: “You know, a beer that tastes this good comes around only once in a blue moon.”

blue moon beer photo
Flickr | Randy Heinitz

Missouri: Yuengling

Established in 1829 in Pennsylvania, Yuengling is America’s oldest brewery and there’s also a Yuengling ice cream line from the same family.

Yuengling beer photo
Flickr | magerleagues

Montana: Rainier

Nebraska: Yuengling

Launched in 1986, Yuengling’s Black & Tan beer was one of the first hand-crafted blends to combine a dark and light beer. In the case of this bottling, it’s 60 percent dark brewed porter and 40 percent premium beer.

Yuengling beer photo
Flickr | waitscm

Nevada: 805

Founded in 2012, Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s popular blonde ale is characterized by a slight malt sweetness.

Facebook/ Firestone Walker Brewing Company

New Hampshire: Schilling

Schilling is a family-run brewery located in Littleton, New Hampshire, that produces artisanal European-inspired beers. Their beers range from Belgian-, Russo- and Scandinavian-inspired ales to Czech- and German-inspired lagers and more.

Schilling Beer

New Jersey: Blue Moon

Blue Moon is hailed as the best-selling non-lager in the U.S. and the 11th best-selling brand overall.

blue moon beer photo
Flickr | Johnny Silvercloud

New Mexico: IPA

In the world of India Pale Ales, double and imperial IPAs possess a higher hop concentration, which necessitates the brewer use more malt, resulting in a higher ABV (alcohol by volume).

ipa beer photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

New York: Randolph

With so many beer options available in the Big Apple and throughout the state, New Yorkers can’t agree on just one style of brew. But they do have a watering hole of choice: Randolph Beer, which has several outposts around the city.

ipa beer photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

North Carolina: Burial

Hailing from Asheville, North Carolina, Burial Beer Co. started in 2013. Its name is a nod to the process of reaching the afterlife and celebrating what has “passed, the things that still are, and the things that will be again.”

Facebook/ Burial Beer Co.

North Dakota: Spotted Cow

This Wisconsin farmhouse ale is brewed by New Glarus Brewing Company and can only be found in Wisconsin. It’s so popular that over 12 million pints are consumed annually—clearly a good portion of those by North Dakotans.

ale beer photo
Flickr | Darren Moloney

Ohio: Blue Moon

In 2016, Blue Moon went through a subtle packaging redesign, updating the logo font to be more simplistic and replacing the frosty evergreen imagery with a depiction of the brand’s iconic serving presentation: a distinct pilsner glass with an orange slice garnish.

blue moon beer photo
Flickr | RiverRatt3

Oklahoma: Corona

The iconic Mexican beer brand founded by Antonino Fernandez is best known for its accompanying lime wedge, but Fernandez himself is remembered primarily by a false rumor that surrounded his death. Upon his passing in 2016, it was falsely reported by numerous media outlets that he had willed millions of dollars to each of the villagers in his hometown. To their dismay, the reports were untrue.

corona photo
Getty Images | Scott Olson

Oregon: Buoy

Buoy Beer Company is located in Astoria, Oregon. It was established in 2013 and its very first brew was a Helles Lager.

craft beer photo
Flickr | CKGolf

Pennsylvania: Blue Moon

Blue Moon offers some inventive limited releases, which have included first peach ale, gingerbread spiced ale, harvest pumpkin wheat and Valencia Grove Amber.

Facebook/ Blue Moon

Rhode Island: Blue Moon

While we all know and love the traditional Blue Moon, its founder will be heading in a new direction this fall by launching marijuana-infused beer.

Facebook/ Blue Moon

South Carolina: Blue Moon

The success of MillerCoors’ Blue Moon prompted Anheuser-Busch to release a similar competing beer in 2006. Like Blue Moon, Shock Top is brewed with orange peel and coriander, yielding a citrus-forward flavor profile.

blue moon beer photo
Getty Images | Cindy Ord

South Dakota: IPA

Did you know Australia was the first place to coin the term IPA? 1829 was the year that the name East India Pale Ale first appeared in a print ad.

beer ipa photo
Getty Images | Justin Sullivan

Tennessee: Tailgate

TailGate Beer is based in Nashville and prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients in its brew as much as possible.

TailGate Beer

Texas: Lone Star

Founded in 1884, Lone Star Beer — also referred to as “the national beer of Texas” — has seen multiple owners over the years. The name is now owned by the Pabst Brewing Co., though production is contracted out to other breweries.

lone star beer photo
Flickr | VoxLive

Utah: Homemade Root Beer

Utahns love their root beer. Though the state has no official beverage, root beer is a favorite in part because of its popularity with church members who don’t drink alcohol. Logan is the state’s only root beer brewpub.

root beer photo
Flickr | Stacy Spensley

Vermont: Gose Beer

Gose beer is a tart beer whose origins go back over a thousand years to Goslar, Germany. It’s brewed with coriander and sea salt.

beer photo
Getty Images | Philipp Guelland

Virginia: Blue Moon

According to brand, the signature glass that Blue Moon is usually poured into is done so to “highlight the depth of the beer.” The glass opens wide to make space for the aromatic citrus notes.

Facebook/ Blue Moon

Washington: Rainier

This iconic Seattle-bred beer has been to the top of Mount Everest. Back in 1963, the first American to summit the peak brought this beer with him.

Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia: Hamms

2017 was a big year for the iconic beer brand Hamms. According to Nielsen, the brand finished the year up 74.6 percent on an 87.3 percent jump in volume.

Hamms

Wisconsin: Blue Moon

Blue Moon is called Belgian Moon in Canada in order to differentiate the brand from Labatt Blue, a popular beer in Canada.

blue moon beer photo
Getty Images | Noam Galai

Wyoming: Rainier

As Mt. Rainier’s namesake beer, the big red “R” logo has been an icon of the Rainier Brewing Company since its inception back in the 1900s.

Rainier beer photo
Flickr | brewbooks

So, what’s your favorite beer?

This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.


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