Do You Agree With These ‘Official’ State Beers?
Flying around my neck of the Facebook today is an article from Thrillist about the "Official State Beers" from all 50 states, declaring a beer brewed in each state to be the official beer of said state, much like a state bird or song. I wholly agree with some of their choices, like Kansas' Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing, and mostly agree with Michigan's Oberon from Bell's Brewery. It's a great beer, don't get me wrong, but I personally would have gone New Holland Brewery's Dragon's Milk. I just prefer stouts and porters.
Illinois' State Beer unsurprisingly went to Goose Island, with Bourbon County Stout representing the Land of Lincoln. Goose Island makes great beer, and like I said, I love the stouts, so I have a hard time arguing with that one. And it's just a damn good beer.
Iowa went to Toppling Goliath Brewing's PsuedoSue American Pale Ale, which I can't really comment on. I have a keen dislike for pale ales. They just don't do it for me. I go lagers or wheat beers for the lighter side of suds.
And finally they chose the super obvious Budweiser for Missouri. For the record, Colorado went Coors, and Wisconsin went Miller, so they went with the big three for their respective states. But that feels a little like declaring McDonald's to have the best burger in Illinois, just because that's where it started. I would have shot for something a little more... "THIS IS MISSOURI!" with my pick. I would have gone 4 Hands Brewery out of St. Louis, or Boulevard out Kansas City. And subsequently one of their stouts.
It's not that I have anything against Budweiser (or Coors and Miller), it's just those, I feel, belong to the country. They are representative of American style brewing. They feel bigger than their location, if that makes sense.
So do you agree with these choices? Are there better candidates for the "Official State Beer" for Illinois, Iowa and Missouri? Let us know in the comments!