Brewpub Laws

Which States Are Winning the Craft Beer Boom?

Image courtesy of Visual Capitalist.

Image courtesy of Visual Capitalist.

The craft beer boom continues to proceed apace, spreading to cities and small towns around the country. Data collected from the Brewers Association shows which states have seen the most growth in craft breweries, and which have seen the least. Unsurprisingly, many West Coast states—among the first to liberalize their brewpub laws in the 1980s and 90s—have among the highest number of craft breweries. Other states, particularly many in the south, are still lagging behind because of regulatory strictures. Visual Capitalist summarizes:

All movements start with rebellion, and the craft beer revolution is no different.

Born from the frustration of mass-produced beer made from cheap ingredients, entrepreneurs went head-to-head with global brewery giants to showcase local and independent craftsmanship.

Suddenly, drinking beer became less about the alcoholic content and more about the quality and experience. Craft beer allowed for constantly changing flavors, recipes, and stories. With sales accounting for 24% of U.S. beer market worth over $114 billion, the global craft beer movement has been historic…

According to the data, Vermont has emerged as the craft beer capital of the U.S. with 11.5 breweries per 100,000 people. That’s equal to 151 pints of beer produced per drinking-age adult. Following closely behind are Montana and Maine, each with 9.6 breweries per capita.

You’ll notice that in Southern states such as AlabamaGeorgia, and Mississippi, that there are only 0-0.9 breweries per capita. This is actually because of tighter liquor laws—for example, only 10 years ago, it was illegal to sell specialty beer in South Carolina that contained more alcohol content than a typical Budweiser…

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