Our relationship with beer goes back 5,000 years, so why not have a national day that celebrates it? There are many reasons for this love affair. There’s the social aspect of beer. It’s the ideal beverage for gatherings with friends and family, over a backyard barbecue, for example. Or maybe it’s having a beer at a pub with a few buddies after work. Or enjoying a cold one at Coors Field on a hot summer day rooting for the Rockies across Colorado sports betting apps.
It could be a light, refreshing lager, or a more robust stout. There is plenty of variety and flavors. Like wine enthusiasts, beer enthusiasts with more sophisticated palates enjoy exploring different breweries, trying and discussing the different flavors and aromas, and nuances, with peers.
One of the big developments over the past decade or so has been the rise of craft breweries across the country, taking on the big monolithic breweries like Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors, Heineken USA and Pabst Brewing Co.
With craft breweries, people like the smaller, boutique experience, the focus on locally sourced ingredients, the high-quality ingredients and unique brewing techniques. Plus since many are small, independently owned businesses, people just want to support the “little guy” – it feels more meaningful.
With National Beer Day arriving on April 7, we decided to take a break from Colorado sports betting and look at the best states to celebrate in if you are a big fan of beer. When it comes to determining the best, we looked at quality, quantity and affordability.
BetColorado utilized three combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 states from best to worst states for beer lovers.
We utilized BeerAdvocate.com to get the average rating of beers brewed in the state (ratings given out of 5), BrewersAssociation.org to get the amount of breweries per capita (per 100,000 residents) and MakeBeerEasy.com for the average price of a 24-pack per state.
Once acquiring that information, we averaged out the ranking of the states to get our final rankings. Michigan ranked No. 1 on the list – No. 11 in quality ranking, No. 13 in quantity ranking, No. 6 in affordability ranking, for a total average of 10. Iowa was next, at 2, 19, 15, respectively, for a total average of 12. Then there’s Illinois (7, 32, 1, 13.3), Colorado (15, 6, 21, 14) and Missouri (4, 28, 12, 14.6) to round out the Top 5.
So how exactly do Colorado beer lovers rank top 5? Let's just say beer is a passion for most Colorado residents. The state has 9.9 breweries per capita, good for 6th in the nation. Colorado also produces 946,370 barrels of craft beer a year, meaning it's tough to walk around a city like Denver without running into 5-7 bars per block.
There will be plenty of events and happenings in your area of the country on April 7, so get out and partake. Beer also has a huge cultural significance. Maybe not as big as place like Germany, where beer is intertwined with their national identity, and events like Oktoberfest draw millions to the country every year.
But it’s still a pretty big cultural event in the U.S. Craft breweries especially are doing a great job of bringing communities together, so people can connect, and savor one of the great joys in life.
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