The Largest Craft Brewery Per State

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Today's map was created by mental_floss designer, Chloe Effron. Last year, the Brewers Association released a list of the top 50 craft brewing companies by beer sales volume. [PDF] With craft breweries cropping up across the country, more and more states are getting their own breweries. Using the BA's list as a jumping off point, mental_floss decided to dig around to create a full map of each state's biggest craft brewery. We decided to stick by the association's craft brewer guidelines, so we only included breweries that were small, traditional, and independent— that is why you won't see breweries like Goose Island or Red Hook on the map. The list was then compiled using data from ABC departments, breweries, and miscellaneous sources. It's also important to note that breweries like Boston Brewing and Gambrinus were changed to Samuel Adams and Shiner for sake of clarity. 

Here's the complete list:

Alabama: Good People Brewing
Alaska: Alaskan Brewing
Arizona: Four Peaks
Arkansas: Core Brewing Company
California: Sierra Nevada
Colorado: New Belgium
Connecticut: Two Roads
Delaware: Dogfish Head
Florida: Florida Beer Company
Georgia: Sweetwater
Hawaii: Maui Brewing
Idaho: Grand Teton
Illinois: Revolution
Indiana: 3 Floyds
Iowa: Backpocket Brewing
Kansas: Tallgrass Beer
Kentucky: Lexington Brewing
Louisiana: Abita
Maine: Shipyard
Maryland: Flying Dog
Massachusetts: Samuel Adams
Michigan: Bell's
Minnesota:  Summit
Mississippi:  Lazy Magnolia
Missouri:  Boulevard Brewery
Montana:  Big Sky
Nebraska:  Nebraska Brewing
Nevada:  Ellis Island Casino & Brewery
New Hampshire:  Smuttynose
New Jersey:  Flying Fish
New Mexico:  Santa Fe Brewing
New York:  Brooklyn Brewery
North Carolina:  Highland
North Dakota:  Fargo Brewing
Ohio:  Great Lakes
Oklahoma:  Choc Beer
Oregon:  Deschutes
Pennsylvania:  Victory
Rhode Island:  Trinity Brewhouse
South Carolina:  Palmetto Brewing Company
South Dakota:  Crow Peak
Tennessee:  Yazoo
Texas:  Shiner
Utah:  Uinta
Vermont:  Long Trail
Virginia:  Starr Hill
Washington:  Georgetown Brewing
West Virginia:  Mountain State
Wisconsin:  New Glarus
Wyoming:  Snake River Brewing Company

The Most Popular Infomercial Product in Each State

You don't have to pay $19.95 plus shipping and handling to discover the most popular infomercial product in each state: AT&T retailer All Home Connections is giving that information away for free via a handy map.

The map was compiled by cross-referencing the top-grossing infomercial products of all time with Google Trends search interest from the past calendar year. So, which crazy products do people order most from their TVs?

Folks in Arizona know that it's too hot there to wear layers; that's why they invest in the Cami Secret—a clip-on, mock top that gives them the look of a camisole without all the added fabric. No-nonsense New Yorkers are protecting themselves from identity theft with the RFID-blocking Aluma wallet. Delaware's priorities are all sorted out, because tons of its residents are still riding the Snuggie wave. Meanwhile, Vermont has figured out that Pajama Jeans are the way to go—because who needs real pants?

Unsurprisingly, the most popular product in many states has to do with fitness and weight loss, because when you're watching TV late enough to start seeing infomercials, you're probably also thinking to yourself: "I need to get my life together. I should get in shape." Seven states—Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Utah, and Wisconsin—have invested in the P90X home fitness system, while West Virginia and Arkansas prefer the gentler workout provided by the Shake Weight. The ThighMaster is still a thing in Illinois and Washington, while Total Gym and Bowflex were favored by South Dakota and Wyoming, respectively. 

Kitchen items are clearly another category ripe for impulse-buying: Alabama and North Dakota are all over the George Forman Grill; Alaska and Rhode Island are mixing things up with the Magic Bullet; and Floridians must be using their Slice-o-matics to chop up limes for their poolside margaritas.

Cleaning products like OxiClean (D.C. and Hawaii), Sani Sticks (North Carolina), and the infamous ShamWow (which claims the loyalty of Mainers) are also popular, but it's Proactiv that turned out to be the big winner. The beloved skin care system claimed the top spot in eight states—California, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas—making it the most popular item on the map.

Peep the full map above, or check out the full study from All Home Connections here.

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A Florida Brewery Created Edible Six-Pack Rings to Protect Marine Animals

For tiny scraps of plastic, six-pack rings can pose a huge threat to marine life. Small enough and ubiquitous enough that they’re easy to discard and forget about, the little plastic webs all too often make their way to the ocean, where animals can ingest or become trapped in them. In order to combat that problem, Florida-based Saltwater Brewery has created what they say is the world’s first fully biodegradable, compostable, edible six-pack rings.

The edible rings are made of barley and wheat and are, if not necessarily tasty, at least safe for animals and humans to ingest. Saltwater Brewery started packaging their beers with the edible six-pack rings in 2016. They charge slightly more for their brews to offset the cost of the rings' production. They hope that customers will be willing to pay a bit more for the environmentally friendly beers and are encouraging other companies to adopt the edible six-pack rings in order to lower manufacturing prices and save more animals.

As Saltwater Brewery president Chris Gove says in the video above: “We want to influence the big guys and kind of inspire them to also get on board.”

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