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Old 03-29-2013, 08:39 PM   #1
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Default Best state for Craft Breweries?

I know that Vermont has the highest per capita rating of breweries but with a quick search I can't find what states have the lowest breweries per capita and even more, which of of those have the highest demand or fastest growing market for craft breweries. In other words, what state would be the best place for a prospective craft brewery to open?
I am not thinking of doing this myself, just a curious question.

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Old 03-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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The states that have the lowest craft breweries per capita are probably also going to have the most restrictive beer laws. Looking at the 2011 data, Texas was 45th. We have really crappy laws here. There's been a boom since 2011 so I'm sure we've gone up a little, but once again we're still stuck with crappy laws.

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Old 03-30-2013, 04:39 PM   #3
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New Hampshire is very craft brewery friendly.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/02/05/new-hampshire-law-prompts-boomlet-tiny-nanobreweries-selling-craft-beer/Xt0ocVfMv6UPdIaPEBX6dK/story.html

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Old 03-30-2013, 04:48 PM   #4
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I just moved from Idaho and it seems there are new craft microbreweries popping up like crazy over the last 2 years. Plus Boise is a very HB friendly town with several LHBS options within a close radius, my favorite being the bricks and mortar location of homebrewstuff.com.

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Best state is still the granddaddy of craft beer - California.

But my personal favorite is Colorado. There is some serious brewing going on in the CO.

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We have 100+ micro/craft breweries. This list is a little behind. There's at least 3 new ones that opened in the last few weeks, including one yesterday. And there's a least 2 more meaderies opening, including Ken Shramm's.

Edit-Brewer's association lists 102 breweries in the state.

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We have 100+ micro/craft breweries. This list is a little behind. There's at least 3 new ones that opened in the last few weeks, including one yesterday. And there's a least 2 more meaderies opening, including Ken Shramm's.
And the best beer in the world, in my opinion, being made in a small town named Comstock.
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That's about 4000 miles away. Won't get to go back until thanksgiving. Try to stop by Kzoo everything I'm back in the L48.

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I wish I could say WI is the best, mostly cause I live here, but I would know it to be a lie. I would say either Colorado or Oregon. Both states have amazing beer/food

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If you want variety, come to Brewvana. According to the Oregon Brewers Association, as of 3/5/13, there are 52 breweries operating in Portland, more than any other city in the world. There are a total of 136 brewing companies operating breweries at 169 locations in 61 cities in the state. See, http://oregonbeer.org/facts. Great for craft brew drinkers, but lots of competition if you want to open your own.

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