Because the only way to figure out which state is the best is by its beer, The New Yorker created an interactive map that breaks down all the breweries and how each state performs in different categories, like annual production, production growth and largest breweries. The results are pretty surprising.
According to this map, Uinta Brewing Co. is one of the largest breweries in the nation. It ranks 48th out of the 50 largest breweries. While you may not be impressed yet, keep in mind that other states that have more breweries than Utah -- like Arizona (44), Florida (57) and Virginia (48) -- didn't even have a large-enough brewery to make the cut.
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Not only that, but the combined annual production of Utah breweries ranks 23rd out of all 50 states. Even more impressive, Utah breweries are producing more beer than states that have more breweries. Let’s take Illinois, which ranks 11th in the nation for having 67 craft breweries: Utah’s 16 breweries outproduced all 67 of those by 22,032 barrels. Now, that’s certainly nothing to sniff at.
Obviously, that’s quite a lot of brewing and it shows. The change in production between 2011-2012 was a whopping 27.64 percent, 18th in the nation. It’s clear that these breweries are producing more, but they’re also growing. Utah is home to two of the fastest-growing breweries: Epic Brewing Co. ranks 22nd out of 50 other breweries, just surpassed by Uinta Brewing Co, which ranked 21st.