Craft Beer for the Win: The States with the Most Breweries

By Amanda Postma - Oct. 28, 2020

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For people who enjoy the occasional brewski, there’s just something about a brewery that you can’t get anywhere else.

The atmosphere. The beer selection. It’s all very unique and only something you’ll find at a brewery.

More than ever, Americans are flocking to breweries to get their craft beer fix. So much so that the number of breweries in the U.S. gained 436 just last year alone.

Now, there are 6,400 breweries to choose from across the country. Those breweries aren’t equally distributed, so we got to thinking… Which states support the most breweries?

We looked over how many breweries were located in each state and compared that number with the population. From there, we were able to determine that these states love their breweries.

States with the Most Breweries

  1. Vermont
  2. Maine
  3. Montana
  4. Colorado
  5. Oregon
  6. Wyoming
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Alaska
  9. Washington
  10. New Mexico

Any of these states would be a great destination for all of you craft beer lovers out there. The more breweries the state has, the more opportunities you have to satisfy your craft beer itch.

Keep reading to find out how the rest of the states fared in the brewery scene.

How We Determined This

This one was pretty simple. We used data on the number of craft breweries per state from Statista.

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Statista defined a craft brewery as any brewery that makes under 6 million barrels of beer a year and isn’t majority-owned by another big alcohol company. From there, the craft brewery must have a Brewer’s Notice from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Oh, and of course, they must make beer (sorry cider lovers.)

However, no surprise, the bigger states have more breweries. In order to find, where the hardest core craft breweries are, we then used population estimates from the Census to see what states have the most breweries for every man, woman, and child in the state (although, hopefully, those kids aren’t partaking.)

That gave us a list of 10 craft beer-loving states with the most breweries for their population size.

1. Vermont

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Number of Breweries: 68
People per Brewery: 9,176

It’s true that Vermont loves its craft beer. With 68 breweries, it’s easy to assume most people in Vermont prefer to choose to spend their Friday nights sitting at a brewery. In fact, there are enough breweries for 9,176 people to have a brewery all to themselves.

2. Maine

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Number of Breweries: 133
People per Brewery: 10,107

The fact that Maine has the second-highest number of breweries in the U.S. doesn’t surprise us. You need something to wash down all that lobster. The 133 breweries supported by the state provide enough breweries for every 10,107 people to enjoy their own brewery. Of course, not all of those people are going to fit into the brewery in a single night. But you get the idea.

3. Montana

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Number of Breweries: 92
People per Brewery: 11,617

Montana has a way of dealing with the cold weather. Drink beer. Which explains why the state loves breweries. With 92 breweries, the state has enough to support 11,617 people per brewery. Cheers!

4. Colorado

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Number of Breweries: 425
People per Brewery: 13,550

After a long day shredding the mountains, there’s nothing better than a glass of craft beer at a brewery. That’s how we know that Colorado is obsessed with breweries. The 425 breweries around the state are the highest number of breweries on this list. Compared with the state’s population, there are 13,550 people per brewery.

5. Oregon

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Number of Breweries: 311
People per Brewery: 13,562

Oregon enjoys breweries as much as the next state. But it’s only enough to be fifth-most in the U.S. But even still, 311 breweries is not a number to scoff at. That’s quite a lot. In fact, it’s enough for 13,562 people per brewery.

6. Wyoming

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Number of Breweries: 41
People per Brewery: 14,116

Sixth on this list is Wyoming. Sure, there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy in Wyoming (take Yellowstone National Park for example), but those don’t compare to visiting a brewery in Wyoming. Ok, so maybe that’s a stretch, but still, 41 breweries in Wyoming is pretty significant. Which means they definitely enjoy a brewery visit there.

7. New Hampshire

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Number of Breweries: 91
People per Brewery: 14,942

With 91 breweries in the state, New Hampshire is ranked at No. 7 for its love for breweries. The number of breweries in the state compared to the population is equal to 14,942 people per brewery. No wonder the breweries thrive there!

8. Alaska

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Number of Breweries: 45
People per Brewery: 16,257

Instead of sitting by the fire trying to stay warm, the state of Alaska spends its nights surrounded by others in a brewery. That’s one way to warm yourself up! With 45 breweries overall, the state offers one per 16,257 people.

9. Washington

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Number of Breweries: 423
People per Brewery: 18,002

Although Washington has the second-highest number of breweries on this list, that number compared to the population is enough to bump it down to No. 9. The 423 breweries provide enough opportunity for you to try something new every night, but it adds up to only one brewery per 18,002 people. Better get there early so you don’t run the risk of missing out on a craft beer.

10. New Mexico

Number of Breweries: 94
People per Brewery: 22,307

New Mexico is the 10th-most craft beer-loving state we know. The state supports 94 breweries, which boils down to 22,307 people per brewery.

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Craft Beer!

So maybe that’s not how the song goes. But it couldn’t be more true for the people who live in the 10 states we’ve mentioned.

Not only do these states support large numbers of breweries, but it’s so much so that people don’t have to fight for a seat. If there’s no room, they can move on to the next brewery.

The table below shows how the rest of the states feel about breweries.

States with the Most (and Least) Breweries

Rank State Number Of Breweries People Per Brewery
1 Vermont 68 9,176
2 Maine 133 10,107
3 Montana 92 11,617
4 Colorado 425 13,550
5 Oregon 311 13,562
6 Wyoming 41 14,116
7 New Hampshire 91 14,942
8 Alaska 45 16,257
9 Washington 423 18,002
10 New Mexico 94 22,307
11 Idaho 73 24,480
12 Michigan 400 24,967
13 South Dakota 33 26,808
14 Wisconsin 205 28,402
15 Minnesota 196 28,774
16 Virginia 290 29,433
17 Iowa 105 30,048
18 North Carolina 333 31,496
19 Pennsylvania 401 31,925
20 Rhode Island 33 32,102
21 Connecticut 104 34,282
22 North Dakota 22 34,639
23 Indiana 192 35,064
24 Nebraska 55 35,171
25 Delaware 27 36,065
26 Ohio 311 37,586
27 Massachusetts 175 39,386
28 California 907 43,564
29 Missouri 140 43,839
30 Illinois 284 44,619
31 New York 423 45,990
32 Kansas 59 49,378
33 Maryland 112 53,979
34 Arizona 127 57,313
35 South Carolina 88 58,508
36 Hawaii 24 58,995
37 Tennessee 108 63,233
38 West Virginia 28 64,005
39 Kentucky 69 64,749
40 Florida 329 65,282
41 Nevada 45 68,448
42 New Jersey 127 69,939
43 Arkansas 42 71,852
44 Oklahoma 55 71,945
45 Utah 42 76,332
46 Texas 341 85,032
47 Georgia 111 95,652
48 Alabama 51 96,141
49 Louisiana 40 116,220
50 Mississippi 14 212,582

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Amanda Postma is a writer for the Zippia Career Advice blog with a focus on creating entertaining content to help you through your job search. She received her BA from the University Of Missouri-Columbia.

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