Oregon Named the Top State for Beer in the U.S.
Friday, August 28, 2015
This week, the publication ranked Oregon first on its list of the 50 states with the best beer. The list was made by surveying the quantity and quality of the beer brewed in each state, with extra weight given to the quality category.
Here's Thrillist's reasoning for giving the Beaver State the top slot.
“California and Washington might have more brewers, but dammit, they’ve also got more people,” Thrillist said. “More importantly, they don’t have the density of Oregon’s offerings. Or the quality. Oregon’s long been at the forefront of the craft industry, with brewers like Widmer Brothers, Rogue, Full Sail, and Deschutes leading the national charge as gateway beers for people who want something more out of their pints....They’re just the OGs of what might be the epicenter of the craft beer movement.”
Oregon's neighbors on the west coast, Washington and California, held their own, coming in at numbers five and two, respectively.
See the rest of the top 10 below.
9. New York
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Ninkasi Brewing Company, the Eugene-based craft beer producing elite, have unveiled a new beer that defies gravity. Literally. Who needs NASA when Ninkasi has their very own NSP (Ninkasi Space Program), which set out to accomplish an ultimate goal about a year ago: get brewer's yeast to space and return it to Earth so that it can be utilized it in Ninkasi's very own craft beer. In terms of taste, this beer is out of this world: the Imperial Stout is brewed with Oregon hazelnuts, star anise, cocoa nibs and is fermented with an Ale yeast. Ninkasi has apparently won its very own space race.
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