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Pennsylvania Named One of the Best States for Beer Lovers

by Leighton, Kelly on

For clients who enjoy a good freshly brewed beer, tell them to head to – or remain in – the Keystone State.

Pennsylvania was recently named the fifth best state for beer lovers in the U.S. According to VinePair, the commonwealth has the second highest number of craft breweries in the U.S. at 486, behind only California. The site analyzed the number of craft breweries, the number of total breweries per 100,000, the number of barrels of craft beer produced, the total number of barrels of craft beer produced, the amount of state excise taxes levied upon beer, the number of beers currently ranked in the top 100 on Beer Advocate, the top 25 brewpubs, nano breweries, micro breweries, regional breweries and macro breweries as ranked by Untappd and the number beers currently ranked on VinePair’s 25 Most Important IPAs.

In addition to such a high number of breweries, Pennsylvania also produces a ton of craft beer each year. Annually, 3,244,840 barrels of craft beer are made in the state each year, enough for 1,072,960,426 12-ounce beers. That makes Pennsylvania the second-highest producing craft beer state and the fourth highest per capita.

In the commonwealth, Willow Park in Bethlehem made Untappd’s list of the 25 top-ranked breweries in the U.S., while Pottsville’s Yuengling is the oldest brewery in the country, founded in 1829. For those looking to taste the most popular brews across the state, Williamsport’s Bulldog Brewery, Pittsburgh’s Brew Gentleman and Ardmore’s Tired Hand Brewery have the five top-rated beers, with Brew Gentlemen taking three of the top five spots.

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