We all know America loves to drink. But in all our time spent writing about drinking, actually drinking, and occasionally doing both at the same time, a question emerged amongst Thrillist's editorial staff: which state loves to drink more than any other? Naturally, we had to find out, and just like that: the search for the booziest state in the USA was born.
To help keep this study fair & balanced, we turned off Fox News, put our closely held editorial opinions on the shelf, and turned to the data. Well, actually, we tapped Chris Kolmar, who is Movoto.com's "Chief Armchair Economist" (and, by way of disclosure/coincidence, also a buddy of mine from high school). He turned to the data, churning out spreadsheet after boozy spreadsheet to tabulate 10 alco-criteria -- from per-capita craft breweries to last-call hours -- on which all states in the Land of the Free would be measured.