Happy Birthday America. Thanks for all the Beer.

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So chances are, at some point in your life you were a child who learned the song, “50 Nifty States” (ah, memories). Now maybe you even have a child of your own, in which case you probably could really use a beer today while we celebrate the birthday of our great nation, America. She gave us such wonders as the Dorito Taco, Double Down and who could forget Four Loko (a moment of silence please). Oh, and for a country that is still a child itself in the scheme of things, some pretty impressive craft beer is being cranked out in the good ole US of A. ::an eagle screeches majestically, fireworks explode and beers are popped in unison::

So, in honor of 4th of July, tell us what beer you feel best represents your home state. Let’s see if we can hit them all. Do it for America and all of it’s 50 Nifty United States (plus territories, we didn’t forget you Puerto Rico).


For Long Island, Alicia picks Port Jeff Porter while Kevin is going with Long Ireland ESB.

Written by A+K

July 4th, 2014 at 8:39 am

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  1. Kansas- Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing in Manhattan KS

    Why? Because….buffaloes are the state animal and Kansans aren’t afraid to sweat. And the beer is great too.

    Laura G

    4 Jul 14 at 9:51 am

  2. Ohio – “Burning River” from Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland, OH.

    Ohio is the only state that is so self-deprecating it can create a beer named after one of its most embarrassing moments. Plus, it’s a standard bearer for Pale Ales.


    4 Jul 14 at 10:38 am

  3. Cutthroat Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company, because fishing and Utah go hand in hand.

    Patrick Hoecherl

    4 Jul 14 at 10:40 am

  4. Texas – Lone star. Obviously


    4 Jul 14 at 10:46 am

  5. Nebraska- Cornstalker from Thunderhead brewery. Made in central Nebraska, where many people assume nothing exists, which is true for the state as a whole. This is an easy drinking, dark, flavorful wheat beer that you can buy from Chadron to Falls City.

    Nick D

    4 Jul 14 at 11:27 am

  6. Fremont Summer Ale by Fremont Brewing

    It’s deliciously refreshing, with notes of orange blossom and a light maltiness, and it gives just enough of a citrusy hop finish to appease all the hopheads up here in the PNW.

    Nick S

    4 Jul 14 at 11:29 am

  7. Idaho-Sockeye Hell Diver Pale from Sockeye Brewing,out of Boise Idaho.

    You try it and tell me.

    Ryan McCuistion

    4 Jul 14 at 11:34 am

  8. Maryland- Loose Cannon IPA from Heavy Seas


    4 Jul 14 at 12:02 pm

  9. Oklahoma- F5 by CoOp brewery

    Because tornadoes


    4 Jul 14 at 12:10 pm

  10. PA – Yuengling Lager. (Or just known as Lager here.) Sure there are much better brews by craft and microbrewers here in the state, but Yuengling is PA’s beer.


    4 Jul 14 at 12:17 pm

  11. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale

    Because duh.


    4 Jul 14 at 12:18 pm

  12. South Florida reporting in, I’m going with Cigar City Hotter than Helles lager, because it is.


    4 Jul 14 at 12:39 pm

  13. Washington – Dayglow IPA, Elysian Brewing


    4 Jul 14 at 12:46 pm

  14. for Maryland
    Union Craft: Anthem – Golden Ale
    fresh outta Baltimore

    Union Craft’s Entire line up represents Maryland culture in some way, The Anthem Ale gets it’s name because Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem here… and look at these patriotic cans!

    Patrick Turner

    4 Jul 14 at 1:08 pm

  15. North Carolina- Red Oak.


    4 Jul 14 at 1:14 pm

  16. Oregon – Secession Ale – Hopworks Urban Brewery. This delicious beer is a Cascadian Dark Ale which originates from, and is popular in this area. It also cleverly incorporates secession and Cascadia which speak to the type of people here.


    4 Jul 14 at 1:33 pm

  17. Hawaii: Maui Brewery’s Big Swell IPA. It’s a good IPA from a brewery that makes some creative beers.


    4 Jul 14 at 1:35 pm

  18. SC – Westbrook Mexican cake.

    Hands down!


    4 Jul 14 at 1:41 pm

  19. California – Anchor Steam beer. CA’s oldest brewery. The founder came to California during the gold rush. Can’t beat that history!


    4 Jul 14 at 1:44 pm

  20. Hoosier, here. For Indiana, I nominate Zombie Dust by Three Floyds.


    4 Jul 14 at 1:58 pm

  21. California – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale


    4 Jul 14 at 2:44 pm

  22. DC – OTWOA


    4 Jul 14 at 2:50 pm

  23. California (Maybe just Northern) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.


    4 Jul 14 at 2:52 pm

  24. MT- For Montana I nominate Pigs Ass Porter by Harvest Moon Brew


    4 Jul 14 at 3:06 pm

  25. South Carolina – RJ Rocker’s Son of a Peach

    Because we produce more peaches than GA, but they’re the peach state…


    4 Jul 14 at 3:18 pm

  26. NJ – Kane Head High


    4 Jul 14 at 3:20 pm

  27. Pennsylvania- Yuenling.


    4 Jul 14 at 3:31 pm

  28. Colorado — Dale’s Pale Ale. Perfect in cans, perfect on mountains. Just as hoppy as Coloradoans like it.


    4 Jul 14 at 3:43 pm

  29. LI – Long Ireland Celtic Ale


    4 Jul 14 at 3:53 pm

  30. Rhode island: proclamation’s zzzlumber. A woodford barrel aged imperial dutch stout aged on cocoa nibs. And their tagline is big beer from a little state


    4 Jul 14 at 4:00 pm

  31. Michigan – Oberon by Bell’s.


    4 Jul 14 at 4:08 pm

  32. For Wisconsin, I nominate New Glarus Spotted Cow. Or anything New Glarus, really.


    4 Jul 14 at 4:17 pm

  33. Texas- Shiner Bock


    4 Jul 14 at 4:52 pm

  34. New Mexico- Happy Camper IPA Santa Fe brewing co. It has a zia symbol on the can!


    4 Jul 14 at 5:04 pm

  35. Hawaii – White Mountain Porter by Big Island Brewhaus. A great combination of Coconut and Kona Coffee. A perfectly bitter porter!


    4 Jul 14 at 5:48 pm

  36. Bells Two-Hearted

    George Bushes

    4 Jul 14 at 5:51 pm

  37. Michigan

    Bells Two-Hearted

    George Bushes

    4 Jul 14 at 5:51 pm

  38. Texas – Obviously everybody is going to name some shitty beer like Shiner or Lonestar, but i feel that Karbach’s Hopadillo or Jesterking’s Atrial Rubicite represent our state much better.

    Josh Schultz

    4 Jul 14 at 6:18 pm

  39. Connecticut: Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

    Parker Gregory Shpak

    4 Jul 14 at 6:21 pm

  40. Blackhorse Brewery in Clarksville and Knoxville, TN

    Trey E

    4 Jul 14 at 6:26 pm

  41. Delaware – Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. From our largest and best known brewery delivering a beer that is a play off Delaware’s Punkin Chunkin tradition.


    4 Jul 14 at 6:33 pm

  42. IL – Goose Island (312), or Two Brothers in Warrenville, IL
    IN – 3 Floyds in Munster, IN


    4 Jul 14 at 6:50 pm

  43. Wisconsinite by Lakefront Brewery for Wisconsin. Every single ingredient is from WI and it is packaged in red and white like the UW.


    4 Jul 14 at 7:09 pm

  44. For Wisconsin I would definitely have to go with Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee. New Glarus might be a little more well known, but Lakefront is longer standing, and in my opinion produces better beer. They also offer a beer made from ingredients entirely indigenous to Wisconsin; you can’t really represent WI any better than that!


    4 Jul 14 at 8:09 pm

  45. Pennsylvania: Yuengling Lager.

    It is not the most delicious beer. It is not the most crisp beer. It is not a lot of things.

    It is, however, the best beer in its price point you will ever drink. It’s a beer you drink sitting around outside with family on a summer holiday. It’s the beer you drink after coming home from a shift at the plant. It is the beer you drink while watching the big game. In Pennsylvania, when you want a beer for an all around good time, you grab an all around good beer. You grab a Yuengling Lager.


    4 Jul 14 at 8:37 pm

  46. South Florida again with another Cigar City brew.

    The Jose Marti Espresso Porter.


    4 Jul 14 at 8:37 pm

  47. California – Lagunitas


    4 Jul 14 at 8:39 pm

  48. CA – Stone IPA


    4 Jul 14 at 8:54 pm

  49. Virginia – Star Hill’s the Love

    There are a lot of great Virginia breweries and beers, but nothing matches our controversially ironic catchphrase “Virginia is for Lovers”


    4 Jul 14 at 8:55 pm

  50. Vermont – Heady Topper


    4 Jul 14 at 9:06 pm

  51. NC – Highland’s Cold Mountain

    Kevin Smith

    4 Jul 14 at 10:03 pm

  52. Georgia- SweetWater 420. Great on a hot day


    4 Jul 14 at 11:20 pm

  53. Massachusetts = Samuel Adams Boston Lager

    Samuel Adams

    5 Jul 14 at 6:24 am

  54. Madhouse iowa pale ale. All iowa grown ingredients. Is it the best beer in iowa? Hardly, but it shows iowa as an ag state as it roots.


    5 Jul 14 at 8:41 am

  55. I could name one of the many Schlafly or Boulevard products as the state beer, but let’s be honest. When you think of beer brewed in Missouri, it’s Budweiser.


    5 Jul 14 at 8:44 am

  56. Texas- all about that buffalo bayou 1836 copper ale! Doesn’t quite fit a copper but it’s delicious and named after the year of Texas’ independence!

    Allen B

    7 Jul 14 at 2:28 am

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