Standout stat: 4.7 craft breweries per 100,000
CO is a beast. It ranks 10th in wineries, fourth in breweries, and is in the top-five craft spirits producers. It's tied for the second-highest number of underage exemptions in the entire country. It's top-10 in consumption, which is pretty impressive, given the mean elevation here is the US' highest, and drinking in thin air makes you tipsy quicker. Hell, in some early measurements, we thought Colorado was a virtual lock for No. 1. But then...
Standout stat: 6.3 craft breweries per 100,000
... Oregon came along. It should be noted that our entire editorial staff (except for Kryza, who lives in Portland and likes to tell people about it) was actively rooting against Big O in this ranking. It leads any booze-related national conversation on the strength of its unassailably dense beer scene, but OR's also third in wineries, fifth in distilleries, and 13th in bars per capita. Oh, did we mention craft beer and wine alone account for $4.6 billion in economic impact each year, and Oregonians drink 2.65 gallons of booze? Because it does, and they do. Basically, it's a big, boozy bully, and we wanted to take it down a peg or several. But the numbers don't lie -- The Beaver State is America's Booziest.