Americas Favorite Beer Choices are Pretty Boring

Raleigh Lawrence
2 min readJan 9, 2023

As a self-proclaimed beer lover, I’ve always dreamed of taking a road trip to visit as many breweries as possible across the United States. So when the opportunity finally presented itself, I knew I had to take it.

I started my brewery-hopping adventure in Portland, Oregon, home to some of the most iconic breweries in the country. I was particularly excited to visit Von Ebert Brewing, known for their hazy IPAS , delicious stouts and hazes, and the Widmer Brothers Brewery, where I sampled a variety of their delicious hefeweizens and pilsners.

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From Portland, I made my way down the west coast, stopping at breweries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego. Each city had its own unique brewing scene, and I was constantly amazed by the variety of beers on offer.

As I traveled further east, I visited breweries in Denver, Chicago, and finally, New York City. Each city had its own distinct style and flavor, and I loved trying new beers and learning about the local brewing culture. I met countless passionate and knowledgeable brewers and brewery employees who were more than happy to share their love of beer with me. I also had the chance to try some truly unique and creative brews, including a lavender saison in San Francisco and a peanut butter stout in Chicago. It was an unforgettable experience and I also discovered a whole new world of beer and met some amazing people along the way.

Which is why when I came across this map of most popular beer in every state, it just made me feel bad for people who have never experienced a truly good beer. I get enjoying a corona in the summer every now and again but Keystone Light Kansas? You guys need to get out more.

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