We already know that Oregon, California, and Colorado are pretty much where it's at when it comes to beer in America. Sorry, Mississippi. But the Craft Brewers Association has decided to weigh in a bit (just a bit!!) more empirically on which states are the worst when it comes to craft beer brewing and distribution. And it turns out Connecticut and Georgia are at the bottom of the barrel.
Bob Pease, the CEO of the association, recently went on NBC and denounced the "onerous" laws pertaining to beer and brewing in those states, wherein the mandated relationships between brewers, distributors, and retailers are a bit restrictive. Both states do have burgeoning craft beer communities, but until major laws regarding the sale of craft brews to customers are changed (in Georgia, taprooms aren't allowed to sell beer as a menu item), they're likely to be a bit slower on the uptake than the rest of the country. So pour one out for them.
Adam Lapetina is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and is glad he lives in the #9 best state for beer, New York. Read his musings at @adamlapetina.
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