Author Archives: Warren Wills

Warren is the Assistant Editor & Portland Correspondent for American Craft Beer. Regular contributions include "The State of American Craft Beer" series and the "What the Hell Is" series on beer styles. "Anything worth doing, is worth doing right." ~Hunter S. Thompson

The State of American Craft Beer – Rhode Island

The 39th state on our list, The Ocean State, Rhode Island. The nickname is purely tourism driven, added to license plates in 1972 to help promote it’s 400 miles of coastline. Also known as “Little Rhody” and “The Plantation State,” the latter is derived from the state’s official name, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

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The Next Big Thing? Local, Hazy, Fresh, Cans

America's hot new thing isn't so much just a style, but a mentality. The era of the high ABVs and sours is slowly ebbing, being replaced instead with fresh, hazy ales - a symbol of the industry's shift to a more local focus over national distribution.

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The State of American Craft Beer – Oregon

The state’s nickname is rooted in the extensive capture of beavers in the 19th century when their prized pelts were desirable for fashionable fur hats. It officially became the state animal in 1969, is also the mascot for Oregon State University and appears on one side of it’s two sided state flag.

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The State of American Craft Beer – Portland Oregon

For context, the City of Portland proper houses 70 breweries alone as of 12/31/2016, more than 32 entire states on their own and 105 total in the tri-county metro region. This arguably makes Portland the Beer Capital of the World, housing more breweries than any town, any where.

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The State of American Craft Beer – Ohio

Having left the N states behind, we’ve made it all the way to the 35th edition of our list, The Buckeye State, Ohio. Their nickname is derived from the tree of the same name, known by local native tribes as the hetuck. But the nickname didn’t really stick until William Henry Harrison ran for president in 1840.

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