UPDATE: The United States of GOOD Beer: What's the Best Beer Brewed in Your State?
You should definitely not take this map as encouragement to stick to widely-distributed products of industrial brewing's big three—Anheuser-Busch, Coors, or Miller—when there are more than 1,600 wonderful independent microbreweries dotted around the country, just waiting to be discovered. Drinking local should taste as good as eating local, after all.
Excitingly, lots of you responded in the comments with recommendations for some of those better-tasting, local craft breweries in your home state. Meanwhile, my colleagues here at the GOOD edit table immediately launched into a heated debate over the rival merits of California's homegrown beers.
With emotions running this high, we decided to create our own map: the United States of GOOD Beer. And we want to get it up in time for Superbowl Sunday, since Americans will be drinking nearly 500 Olympic-sized swimming pools-full of beer during the game.
UPDATE: Well, GOOD readers, your very adamant and state-proud voices have been heard! Check out our map of the United States of GOOD Beer and hop on over to our Kickstarter campaign to help us fund the printing of a limited edition United States of GOOD Beer map poster!
Image: Chart showing the growth of craft breweries in the United States, courtesy of the Brewers Association.
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