It was the great Darius Rucker who once said, "The only B.S. I need is beers and sunshine." While we may not be getting much sunshine in the middle of this cold winter; we can have some beer (make sure you're off the clock before you crack open one first).

Iowa actually ranks in the top quarter of states with the most breweries. The great Hawkeye State supports about forty breweries, and the Cedar Valley has a few great places to get some brewskies. Some of our favorite breweries were nominated for Townie Awards. Make sure to check it out to see which ones we honored.

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Where exactly do we rank, though? Out of all of the fifty states Iowa actually ranks number seventeen for most breweries in the entire country. Iowa comes in right after some of our neighbors in the Midwest; Minnesota coming in at fifteen, Wisconsin at fourteen, and South Dakota at thirteen.

The state that follows right behind Iowa is Virginia.

The top ten states with the most breweries (and the states I will absolutely be visiting sometime soon) are as follows:

1. Vermont

2. Maine

3. Montana

4. Colorado

5. Oregon

6. Wyoming

7. New Hampshire

8. Alaska

9. Washington

10. New Mexico

Who else really wants to do a craft beer road trip through the United States? Maybe we can all go once the pandemic is over. The breweries included in this study were defined as "any brewery that makes under 6 million barrels of beer a year and isn’t majority-owned by another big alcohol company," according to Amanda Postma from Zippia. It also needs to have a Brewer's Notice from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Also, some of the data was determined by brewery per capita, thus comparing the population of the state to the number of breweries in each individual state.

 

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