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Last week, while many of you were enjoying our map of the United States of Soft Drinks, just as many of you alcoholics were demanding a United States of Beer map instead. And so we hunkered down all weekend, doing the kind of brutal and difficult work that it takes to determine a fitting beer for every last one of our 50 states.
Texas, naturally, belongs to Shiner. Our rationale for this? Lone Star and Pearl are now brewed by Pabst (even though they’re still brewed in Texas), so they’re out. Saint Arnold, Real Ale, Independence, Southern Star and other Texas brews are all wonderful — each and every one of them — but none have the reach and recognition that Shiner has on a national scale. Plus, it tastes great with Gulf Coast oysters.
That logic applies to most of the other choices on the map, as well. Budweiser? Born in Missouri, known worldwide. Miller? Sorry, Leinenkugel, but it’s arguably Wisconsin’s biggest invention to date. Yuengling? You’re awesome, Victory, but no other beer can compete with Yuengling’s longevity.