10 States That May Be Totally In Love With Craft Beer

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Some states show their love for beer by proudly brewing their own. Other states show their lack of love for beer by producing a paltry amount. 

Annual U.S. beer consumption totals roughly 200 million barrels. Nearly half of that is brewed by Belgium's AB InBev, whose globe-trotting brands include Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois, the Journal added.

However, there is a corner of the beer world that can be indicative of a beer love affair.  This is the growing area of the brewery world known as "Craft Beer".

Craft beer makers have experienced huge jumps in market share while the overall beer market size has shrunk, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Census Bureau announced in July that the number of breweries in the U.S. doubled in five years--an increase largely due to craft beer, the Journal said. On average over the past two years, 1.2 craft breweries opened each day, contributing to a total of 15.6 million barrels of beer last year.

While that's only 7.8% of the U.S. beer market share, according to data from the Brewers Association craft beer is taking an ever increasing chunk out of non-craft beer companies' sales, the Wall Street Journal added.

With this craft brew in mind and growing contingent of craft breweries, we take a look at which states have been most active in adding new breweries to the mix, showing lots of love for beer.  The data comes from Bloomberg.com which tallied the number of existing brewery permits in 2013 by state while citing the Beer Institute and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as their source.  

Uncapped and untapped, here are the 10 most beer loving states in America as indicated by the number of existing brewery permits...

10. North Carolina

Permitted Breweries:  114

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in North Carolina are: Olde Hickory The Event Horizon, The Duck-Rabbit Baltic Porter, Foothills Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout, NoDa Hop, Drop 'n Roll IPA, and Wicked Weed Ménage-a-Freak.

 

9. Texas

Permitted Breweries:  117

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Texas are: Jester King Atrial Rubicite, Saint Arnold Bishop's Barrel #1, Karbach 003 Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter, Live Oak Hefe Weizen, and Real Ale The Kraken.

8. Wisconsin

Permitted Breweries:  147

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Wisconsin are: New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, New Glarus Serendipity, Central Waters Sixteen, Tyranena BGW Devil Over A Barrel, and Leinenkugels Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout.

7. New York

Permitted Breweries:  172

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in New York are: Evil Twin Double Barrel Jesus, Southampton Imperial Russian Stout, Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Choklat, Captain Lawrence Cuvee de Castleton, and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

6. Pennsylvania

Permitted Breweries:  176

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Pennsylvania are: Selins Grove The Phoenix Kriek, Voodoo Black Magick (Pappy Van Winkle), Tired Hands HandFarm, Victory Storm King Imperial Stout, and Bullfrog Le Roar Grrrz.

 

5. Michigan

Permitted Breweries:  188

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Michigan are: Bells Black Note Stout, Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout, Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel French Toast Mead, and Schramm's The Heart of Darkness.

4. Oregon

Permitted Breweries:  208

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Oregon are: Hair of the Dog Matt, Deschutes The Abyss, Logsdon Peche 'n Brett, Pelican Mother of all Storms, and Rogue Double Chocolate Stout.

 

3. Colorado

Permitted Breweries:  217

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Colorado are: Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Avery Uncle Jacob's Stout, Oskar Blues Ten FIDY, New Belgium La Folie, and Medovina Sweet Melissa.

2. Washington

Permitted Breweries:  251

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in Washington are: Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, Walking Man Jaywalker Russian Imperial Stout, Black Raven Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, Fish Tale 10² Anniversary Ale, and Elysian Dragonstooth Stout.

1. California

Permitted Breweries:  508

According to Ratebeer.com, some of the best beers brewed in California are: Russian River Pliny the Younger, AleSmith Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged), North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Brandy Barrel, Lost Abbey Cable Car, Firestone Walker Parabola.

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