Beer lovers will defend their favorite breweries the way sports fans will rally for their favorite teams, and in both cases, proximity to home matters. Investing in a local beer not only supports the community, but in many cases allows the drinker to experience their favorite local flavors in liquid form.
In name and taste, many beers represent the cultures in which they were created: Alabama's Snake Handler IPA can be described as "piney," and West Virginia's Miner's Daughter Oatmeal Stout puts a creamy spin on heavy beer.
The folks at First We Feast have rounded up the best local beers from all 50 states, and they've shared 15 of them with us. Check out these stouts, IPAs, pils and pale ales that have been deemed the best in their states, and let us know about your favorite local beers in the comments! (And see all 50 beers at First We Feast.)
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