InfoGraphic: The United States of Good Beer

The folks over at (I have no idea what a “dot is” site is, but it looks like the real deal) have put together an infographic showing the United States of GOOD Beer.  They asked their readers to vote for “the most awesome, best-tasting, sustainably brewed, independently owned, community-oriented craft beer brewed in your state,” with the breweries receiving the most votes being featured on the map.  

Now there’s a lot you can take issue with here, but I think we can all agree that one thing is hilarious – Idaho didn’t get a single vote!  While this is nothing to chuckle about for our buddy Fred Colby at Laughing Dog (an Idaho brewer who makes awesome beer and who should have won this), it’s another great opportunity to make fun of Don.  So ha ha Don, your state is lame!

Many of the winning breweries make great beer and are good folks, but stuff like this usually comes down to who has the most Twitter followers or Facebook fans.  Still it’s fun to share it, especially when it makes Don look bad.  Funny thing is that Idaho has lots of craft beer geeks who know their stuff.  Perhaps it’s time for Laughing Dog to get a PR person.

Tip of the hat to Jeff @ Hoptions for pointing us to this one.




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35 Comments on “InfoGraphic: The United States of Good Beer”

  1. May 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Landshark for Florida? Really? That is just disgraceful. We have so many exceptional breweries here now that even listing Landshark among them is downright insulting.

    • May 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

      I’m with you Sean. Absolute crap!

      • May 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

        This is one of those times that I’m glad I wasn’t the person who came up with it!

    • Evan
      May 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Especially when Cigar City exists… That’s just sad.

      • May 11, 2011 at 10:47 am #

        Or Intuition Ale in Jacksonville. Or Bold City in Jacksonville. Or Dunedin in Dunedin. Landshark is brewed and bottle by the big boys(A-B)

  2. May 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    BJ’s for Nevada? Why not Buckbean?

    • May 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      You’ll have to address the people of Nevada if you want any real answers, Tex. 🙂

  3. May 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    How did I miss this? Upland is nowhere near as good as 3 Floyd’s.

    • Matt
      May 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

      I hear Upland makes some pretty tastey beers though, really want to try there Strawberry Lambic (ISO!)

    • May 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

      At least Indiana was on the map – Idaho never showed up to vote!

  4. Matt
    May 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    The land shark thing is hilarious, i mean come on it literally tastes like shark piss. But really the only amazing brewery i can think of coming outta Florida is Cigar City and i doubt 5% of the FL population even knows who they are or where they are.

    • May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Yeah, I get the impression that the votes came from a mix of beer geeks and regular beer drinkers who think non-BMC stuff is exotic.

  5. May 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    Thank God Texas went with St. Arnold Elissa instead of Shiner Bock! I can feel pride instead of shame.

  6. Evan
    May 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    And for Washington, they put one of the only ones that I really, really dislike.

    • May 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      That’s what makes this map so special. A bunch of the breweries are solid picks and the others are a little maddening. Variety!

  7. Don
    May 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    This thing is a frickin’ joke, and I told the guy that pointed us to it on Twitter today the same. Really?? Idaho has none? What about Laughing Dog, Grand Teton, Sockeye, the Ram? Many of these are GABF winners, and the Ram was a GABF Gold Winner in the Porter category this year! The map must have been put together by some kid for an 8th grade geography project. If it was anything more, it sucks totally.

    • May 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      It’s based on voting and apparently Idaho (except for @BeerPoet) failed to show up. You can probably petition the site and have an Idaho brewer added. maybe we can have a run off here and present them with the result.

    • May 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      There’s beer in Idaho? 😉 I jest. 🙂

    • May 11, 2011 at 7:25 am #

      While I think Idaho should of had something there at least I have to say mostly everything from that state is pretty boring. Oh and you can’t go by GABF medals most of the time in my opinion. A lot of the beers that won medals at last years GABF were pretty horrible or blah. Some of the state choices are funny though.

  8. May 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Hey now. I voted for Grand Teton Brewing. But apparently my one vote wasn’t statistically relevant to count for Idaho or something. Whatever. We like to fly under the radar here in Idaho.

    • May 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

      What do you mean? Of course you were statistically significant – you were 100% of the vote!! 🙂

  9. May 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Should have been labelled “Can you name a craft beer from your state?” I agree with Don, it’s a joke; New Belgium’s the best in Colorado? While they make some good beers, there are far better breweries in the state like Oskar Blues, Ska, Avery, Bristol…

    And while I love Lagunitas, I’m sure there’s some California drinkers who would disagree, same with Louisiana and Abita, it’s just the most obvious answers.

    • May 10, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

      It is a popularity contest after all, on a non-beer site…

      • Don
        May 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

        Great Idea to post it as a legit thing… 😉

        • May 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

          I posted it for what it is, and even said that “there’s a lot you can take issue with here.” My main point is that Idaho is lame. It’s not something I actually believe, but it makes you look bad, so I embrace it!!

    • May 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      New Belgium has really embraced the sustainability issue and do a lot in the community, but come on!

  10. May 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    Silly, but still fun to look at! (like me!)

  11. May 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I think maybe 1 person might have voted in Vermont too. The Shed? WTF is that?

    • Don
      May 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      That is where they keep the Vermonster!

  12. May 12, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    .is is Iceland’s (Ísland in Icelandic) country code.

    • May 12, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

      Aha! You saved me a googling – thanks!

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