The 1 Best Beer from Each State – Sommbeer Readers Choose

Actually 2 beers from each state.
The Sommbeer readers list of the best beer from their state. It’s almost impossible, we admit, to pick just 1 beer.  It’s what makes this mind game so much fun.

This list is a living document and will be updated from your comments and feedback. A lot of states still need entries!

  1. Your State’s Best “Daily Drinker” – It’s your “Go To Beer” sold at grocery stores.
  2. Your State’s “Trophy Beer” – Words like amazing, complex and hard to find may describe this beer.

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
Daily Drinker: Love Honey – Lost Forty Brewery
Trophy: BDCS – Ozark Beer Co.
California
Daily Drinker: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Trophy:  Pliny The Elder – Russian River Brewing Company
Colorado
Daily Drinker:
Trophy: Juicy Bits – WeldWerks Brewing Company
Connecticut
Daily Drinker: Headway IPA Counter Weight Brewing Company
Delaware
Daily Drinker: Dominion Oak Barrel Stout – Old Dominion Brewing Company
Trophy: Burton Baton – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Florida
Daily Drinker:   Jai Alai IPA – Cigar City Brewing
Trophy:
Georgia
Daily Drinker: Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale – SweetWater Brewing Company
Trophy:

Hawaii
Idaho
Daily Drinker: 
Trophy: 
Illinois
Daily Drinker: Fist City from Revolution Brewing
Trophy: Bourbon County Brand Stout –  Goose Island Beer Co.
Indiana
Daily Drinker: Deduction – Taxman Brewing Co.
Trophy: Dark Lord Imperial Stout | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Iowa
Daily Drinker: PseudoSue – Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Kansas
Kentucky
Daily Drinker: West Sixth IPA – West Sixth Brewing Company
Louisiana
Maine
Daily Drinker:  Stowaway I.P.A. – Baxter Brewing Co.
Trophy: Dinner – Maine Beer Company
Maryland
Daily Drinker: Duckpin Pale Ale – Union Craft Brewing Company
Trophy: Lot #3 IPA | Evolution Craft Brewing Company
Massachusetts
Daily Drinker: Samuel Adams Boston Lager – Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Trophy:  Be Hoppy from Wormtown Brewery
Michigan
Daily Drinker: Two Hearted Bell’s Brewery
Trophy: Delusion | Greenbush Brewing Company
Minnesota
Daily Drinker:  Todd the Axe Man – Surly Brewing Company
Trophy: Barrel Aged Double Shot Double Black – Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Mississippi
Daily Drinker: Southern Pecan – Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Missouri
Daily Drinker: Alpha Pale Ale – Torn Label Brewing Co
Trophy: MILF by Mother’s Brewing
Montana
Daily Drinker: 
Trophy: Big Sky’s, Ivan the Terrible BBA RIS
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
Daily Drinker: 
Trophy: A Night To End All Dawns – Kane Brewing Company
New Mexico
New York
Daily Drinker: Resin – Sixpoint Brewery
Trophy: Mother’s Milk – Keegan Ales
North Carolina
Daily Drinker: People’s Porter – Foothills Brewing Company
North Dakota
Ohio
Daily Drinker: Edmund Fitzgerald Porter – Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Trophy: Bourbon Barrel Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout – Thirsty Dog Brewing
Oklahoma
Oregon
Daily Drinker: Fresh Squeezed IPA – Deschutes Brewery
Trophy: The Broken Truck – de Garde Brewing
Pennsylvania
Daily Drinker: Yuengling Traditional Lager – Yuengling Brewery
Trophy: Tröegs Brewing Company  Treogenator Doppelbock
Rhode Island

South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Daily Drinker: Shiner Bock – Spoetzl Brewery
Trophy Beer:
Utah
Vermont
Daily Drinker:  Switchback Ale – Switchback Brewing Company
Trophy: Focal Banger India Pale Ale – The Alchemist Brewery
Virginia
Washington
Daily Drinker: Topcutter – Bale Breaker Brewing Company
Trophy: Quilter’s Irish Death – Iron Horse Brewery
West Virginia
Daily Drinker: Wheeling Brewing Company McColloch’s Wheat
Wisconsin
Daily Drinker:  Spotted Cow – New Glarus Brewing Company
Trophy: Central Waters Brewery Ouiconsin Red
Wyoming

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20 thoughts on “The 1 Best Beer from Each State – Sommbeer Readers Choose”

  1. Louisiana:
    NOLA Piety
    Brieux Carre Pomeranian Fight Club
    Port Orleans Slack Water Brown
    Parish Envie

     
  2. COLORADO
    Trophy: Juicy Bits by WeldWerks Brewing Company

    MARYLAND
    Trophy: Sweet Baby Jesus by DuClaw Brewing Company

     
  3. Agree on Two Hearted Ale for Michigan Daily Drinker. However, I vote for Kuhnhenn 4th Dementia Olde Ale as the Trophy Beer selection. Honorable mention to Founders Backwoods Bastard.

     
  4. New Jersey:
    Kane Brewing – A Night To End All Dawns (ANTEAD) barrel aged imperial stout w/ variants (once per year release via lottery or fast online purchase after years of long lines)
    Carton Brewing – 077XX DIPA

     
      1. It’s actually not a good choice for a daily drinker. Nothing against the beer, it’s great; it’s just not readily available through liquor stores. Something from Flying Fish or River Horse might be more appropriate in that category because of their distribution.

         
  5. While I personally love Raspberry Tart from New Glarus, I know for a fact that by far the most popular craft beer in the state is Spotted Cow (also from NG). I don’t think it is nearly as good, but for a ‘daily drinker’, many people would choose it. It’s also much more available, and in more forms.

     
    1. Joel – This is one where I involuntarily did a head slap. You’re right and in fact I’ve had more than a few Spotted Cows to know it’s a good candidate for this category.

       
  6. ARKANSAS:
    Daily: Flyway Bluewing (Blueberry Wheat) – seriously, it’s a blueberry wheat ale that is also a flagship, on tap all over state, incredible color and subtle flavors. No one else has anything like it, and it’s poised to be the next Blue Moon in terms of broad appeal and as a great intro for new craft drinkers

    Trophy: Ozark BDCS (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Double Cream Stout) – this is a limited annual release that has turned into a ticketed event for its rabid fanbase

     
  7. Washington

    Daily drinker: bale breaker brewing top cutter ipa

    The award goes to: iron horse brewing co.s Irish death

     
  8. For MN

    Daily: Indeed Shenanigans
    Trophy: Bent Paddle Botanical Blonde or Town Hall 3 Hour Tour

     

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