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

By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Purchased for $10, Could Be Worth Millions
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons
By Ben Wittick (1845–1903) - Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

Several years ago, Randy Guijarro paid $2 for a few old photographs he found in an antiques shop in Fresno, California. In 2015, it was determined that one of those photos—said to be the second verified picture ever found of Billy the Kid—could fetch the lucky thrifter as much as $5 million. That story now sounds familiar to Frank Abrams, a lawyer from North Carolina who purchased his own photo of the legendary outlaw at a flea market in 2011. It turns out that the tintype, which he paid $10 for, is thought to be an image of Billy and Pat Garrett (the sheriff who would eventually kill him) taken in 1880. Like Guijarro’s find, experts say Abrams’s photo could be worth millions.

The discovery is as much a surprise to Abrams as anyone. As The New York Times reports, what drew Abrams to the photo was the fact that it was a tintype, a metal photographic image that was popular in the Wild West. Abrams didn’t recognize any of the men in the image, but he liked it and hung it on a wall in his home, which is where it was when an Airbnb guest joked that it might be a photo of Jesse James. He wasn’t too far off.

Using Google as his main research tool, Abrams attempted to find out if there was any famous face in that photo, and quickly realized that it was Pat Garrett. According to The New York Times:

Then, Mr. Abrams began to wonder about the man in the back with the prominent Adam’s apple. He eventually showed the tintype to Robert Stahl, a retired professor at Arizona State University and an expert on Billy the Kid.

Mr. Stahl encouraged Mr. Abrams to show the image to experts.

William Dunniway, a tintype expert, said the photograph was almost certainly taken between 1875 and 1880. “Everything matches: the plate, the clothing, the firearm,” he said in a phone interview. Mr. Dunniway worked with a forensics expert, Kent Gibson, to conclude that Billy the Kid and Mr. Garrett were indeed pictured.

Abrams, who is a criminal defense lawyer, described the process of investigating the history of the photo as akin to “taking on the biggest case you could ever imagine.” And while he’s thrilled that his epic flea market find could produce a major monetary windfall, don’t expect to see the image hitting the auction block any time soon. 

"Other people, they want to speculate from here to kingdom come,” Abrams told The New York Times of how much the photo, which he has not yet had valuated, might be worth. “I don’t know what it’s worth. I love history. It’s a privilege to have something like this.”

[h/t: The New York Times]

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