As we outlined in our United States of Beer Project kickoff post, we are assembling the definitive list of breweries to represent each of the 50 states. Anyone can toss a name out and argue its relationship with a state, but we at The Ferm are only interested in cold, hard facts. Each representative has been selected after exhaustive research and extensive number crunching. As a refresher, below are the guidelines:

  • The goal is to identify a single representative brewery from each state. Brewpubs are not specifically excluded, but to be a state representative, the brewpub must have significant distribution in the state.
  • To be eligible as a state's representative, a brewery must brew beer in that state.
  • If a brewery makes beer in more than one state, the brewery can only be named representative of one state.
  • Only active breweries are eligible.

Just to be clear, I'm merely an emotionless arbiter in these selections. I first aggregate brewery data from several sources. An Excel formula then computes the score automatically. My own input came only from the scoring formula creation, which I calibrated using several states where I was particularly familiar with the breweries located within.

If you take exception to any of the selections or think I unfairly excluded a brewery (or brewpub), please hit me up in the comment section or on Twitter (@theferm) and I'll get you the score of the brewery in question. 

NOTE: I've given this post it's own page. Follow the link below for USBP's new home.

MORE>> (Follow Link for Individual State's Results)


5 comments
  1. harry February 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM  

    your blogs reminds me a dirty, airline dr taqueria toilet on sunday midmorning after coffee & menudo. chumpa mi verga, cullerro!

  2. Big Stick February 22, 2011 at 4:35 PM  

    I'll take that as the compliment that it appears to be.

  3. J.R. Ewing March 5, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

    I don't know about your fancy scoring system, but I think Pyramid (WA) got jobbed.

    I'd write more opinions, but I'm late for my Saturday Night Square Dancing hoedown.

  4. SirRon March 5, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

    While the score was close, Redhook surprisingly outscored Pyramid in each of the three scoring categories (aggregated & weighted beer rating, age bonus, and beer community interest).

  5. Anonymous December 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM  

    Free State Brewing Company is called so because Lawrence, KS was in the middle of the fight called bloody Kansas during the civil war. Abolitionists resided in Lawrence and would have bloody battles with Missourians wanting Kansas to be a slave state. Lawrence was raided twice, buildings burnt down, people killed. Its a big part of Lawrence and Kansas history.