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.
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.