1. Alabama: Avondale Brewing Co. Miss Fancy’s Tripel
This Alabama brew comes with a story of elephantine proportions. Miss Fancy the elephant was brought into the Birmingham Zoo—then located in Avondale Park— when she was claimed as a prize in an assumedly epic poker game.
4. Arkansas: Superior Bathhouse Brewery & Distillery
Okay, so this beer doesn’t technically exist yet. And this photo is actually from a t-shirt. But Superior Bathhouse, a planned brewery within Hot Springs National Park, has a name and story too good not to share: the brewery’s building has been renovated to feature the park’s natural thermal spring water— this time as a base for beer brewing, not hot tubbing. Just think of it as a reason to go out of your way to visit Arkansas!
8. Delaware: Fordham Brewing Company Rosie Parks Oyster Stout
This stout is inspired by beloved Chesapeake Bay skipjack Rosie Parks, owned by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Appropriately, the beer is an oyster stout with oysters sourced from right in Rosie Park’s very home.
9. Florida: Cigar City Brewing Tocobaga Red Ale
It’s easy to associate Florida with Hawaiian shirts and ill-advised tans, but this beer by Cigar City Brewing puts a twist on the company’s Florida theme. The Tocobaga Red Ale label pays homage to a Native American chiefdom that lived in Tampa Bay during the 16th century.
11. Hawaii: Maui Brewing Co. Big Swell IPA
A Maui brewery sounds like the perfect setting for a sitcom. Or, you know, life. Since we can’t all pack up and move to the beach, we can stare into the undulating blue of this IPA beer can and hope we win a free trip to Hawaii sometime soon.
18. Louisana: Bayou Teche Biere LA 31 Biere Pale
Bayou Teche’s Biere Pale brings out the more genteel side of NOLA (as opposed to, say, Mardis Gras), with its label representing Louisiana’s Highway 31 flanked by the state’s ubiquitous pelicans. Also, who can resist French?
22. Michigan: Atwater Beer Detroit Grand Circus
This Detroit beer takes its name from the city’s Grand Circus Park Historic District, a site of many historic landmarks, one of which was General Custer’s eulogy for Abraham Lincoln after his assassination. Beer and history DO go together.
26. Montana: Harvest Moon Brewing Company Charlie Russell Red
A quick search reveals that Mr. Charlie Russell was a “consummate Westerner, historian, advocate of the Northern Plains Indians, cowboy, outdoorsman, writer, philosopher, environmentalist, conservationist, and not least, artist” who made over 4,000 works of art inspired by Montana. And now beer label cover boy!
28. Nevada: Great Basin Brewing Company Ichthyosaur “Icky” IPA
Fossils from the ichthyosaur, an ancient marine mammal that swam in the waters over central Nevada 225 million years ago, are preserved for posterity in the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park, which also preserves an old ghost town. Great Basin Brewing made a good decision in making the dolphin dinosaur the star of its label.
29. New Hampshire: 603 Brewery 18-Mile Ale
There are two numbers you need to know, regarding New Hampshire: 18 and 603. At 18 miles, the coastline is the nation’s shortest; 603 is the the state’s only area code. New Hampshire out.
33. North Carolina: Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. Buckshot Amber Ale
Headin’ down south, to the land of the pines… In 2011, the Census found that 335,000 North Carolina residents over 16 hunted. It makes sense that their beer is called buckshot, the name of a hunting bullet.
34. North Dakota: Edwinton Brewing Company Lou Belgian IPA
Since North Dakota is known for its harsh distribution laws, any one of its three— count ‘em, three— craft breweries could be said to have local pride. They fought for that spot! However, who could resist making LOU a state representative? Not us.
37. Oregon: Deschutes Brewery Chainbreaker IPA
Nothing says Oregon more than bicycling and outdoorsy activities.We imagine that locals take pride in breaking in their bike chains on an especially hard trail— or maybe that they relish watching it happen to the unprepared out-of-towner.
39. Rhode Island: Grey Sail Brewing Bring Back the Beach Blonde Ale
Would it really be Rhode Island without its beaches? Would it really be a trip to the beach at sunset without framing it in a heart with your fingers for a photo, then filter-ing it within an inch of its life on Instagram? In this instance, though, the heart’s got heart- all profits from this beer were donated to efforts to rebuild coastal areas affected by Hurricane Sandy.
44. Utah: Epic Brewing Spiral Jetty IPA
No, Spiral Jetty isn’t the name of the state’s newest cult leader under fire. It’s a famous earthwork from artist Robert Smithson “installed” on the shore of the Great Salt Lake in 1970. Educate yourself (by drinking).
46. Virginia: Parkway Brewing Bridge Builder Blonde
The stunning views from the Blue Ridge Mountain Parkway would not be possible without the hard work of the men, largely immigrants, who built it. This brew’s name brings a whole new meaning to “these guys deserve a beer.”
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