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The Most Commonly Searched Beer in Every State, According to Google

Our friends at Google Trends helped us determine what Americans are searching when it comes time to decide on what to sip.
The Most Commonly Searched Beer in Every State, According to Google

Beer is one of America’s largest industries, with more than 6,000 breweries and beer importers and over 4,700 wholesale distributors nationwide. In 2016, the Beer Institute found that “the beer industry contributes more than $350 billion in economic output which is equal to nearly 1.9 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.” It goes without mention that beer is a big deal in the U.S., which is what prompted us to find the most popular bottle or can in every state. However, such a feat is not easy to determine, as beer giants and smaller craft breweries alike don’t reveal state sales data.

We took an alternative route in determining what beer people are talking about the most in each state…or should we say typing. Our friends at Google were able to give us an assist on this one. Google Trends allows us to see which beers people in each respective state searched the most in the past year. It’s hard to say if these are the most popular (i.e. best-selling) beers in each state because we cannot retrieve sales data; however, this is a good way to identify which beers drum up the most interest–and are by extension the most popular—in each state. Think about it: would you repeatedly search a beer that you hated on Google? Odds are, probably not! What people are Googling is more indicative of what’s the most popular, right? You’re not going to Google a beer you don’t like!

Methodology: The most searched beer by state is based on top related searches regarding the topic of beers in the U.S. Data was pulled between April 30, 2018 and April 29, 2019 to reflect the popularity of the beers over the last year on Google.

Read on to discover the most popular beer in every state, and enjoy some fun facts about some brews.

Alabama: Corona

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According to Google Trends, Corona is the most commonly searched beer by Alabamans. Corona Extra may be the most popular beer, but there is also Corona Light, Premier, Familiar, and Refresca options to pick from, too.

Alaska: Corona

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Corona can be enjoyed just about anywhere, and even though its commercials commonly feature beaches, as shown here, you can also enjoy it from the snowy mountain tops in Alaska.

Arizona: 805

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This beer is described as offering a nice balance between subtle malt sweetness and a touch of hops, which sounds delicious.

Arkansas: Yuengling

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Did you know that Yuengling is the oldest brewery in America? The renowned brewery produced the first beer, Lord Chesterfield Ale & Porter, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, in 1829, even though it’s popular in Arkansas as well.

California: 805

According to the company website, 805 beer is “a light, refreshing blonde ale created for the laid back California lifestyle.” Fitting, yes? Clearly Cali residents agree.

Colorado: Denver Beer Co.

It’s no wonder this brewery is widely searched in Colorado—its origins are within the state capital. The setup of the Denver Beer Co. brewery was inspired by the beer gardens of Bavaria, but before the brewery even existed, the craft beer was made in the garages of the brewers. Some great things truly have humble beginnings.

Connecticut: Guinness

Guinness may just be the longest standing beer company in the world, with origins stemming back to 1759 in Dublin, Ireland. It was that year, on New Year’s Eve, that Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000-year lease on a dilapidated brewery. The rest is, as they say, history, and the beer is clearly enjoyed in the States as well.

Delaware: Fat Tire

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The Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Company produces this popular brew, and it appears to be a hit among east coast states, such as Delaware.

Florida: Jai Alai

Produced by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida, Jai Alai is the name of a beer native to the Basque region of Spain. Tampa used to be home to a Jai Alai specific court called a fronton, but now, the India Pale Ale serves as a remembrance and tribute to the sport.

Georgia: Terrapin

Terrapin Beer Co. originated in Athens, Georgia, so it makes sense as to why there’s a lot of internet hype around the beer from those who live in the state. The company makes a long list of funky beers, including the Luau Krunkles, Beyond the Galaxy, and Wake-N-Bake.

Hawaii: Aloha

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Aloha Beer Company has roots in Kaka’ako on the island of O’ahu. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the most commonly searched term by those who live in (or are visiting) Hawaii.

Idaho: Kokanee Beer

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Kokanee beer is one of British Columbia’s best-selling beers, and it also appears to be a favorite among Idahoans as well.

Illinois: Blue Moon

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Fun fact: The first Blue Moon beer, which was the Belgian White Belgian-Style Wheat Ale, debuted almost 25 years ago in 1995. Speaking of the ’90s, do you remember these failed restaurant chains from the 1990s?

Indiana: Yuengling

Yuengling Brewery did not acquire its name until 1873. Before that, the brewery was called Eagle Brewery.

Iowa: Surly

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According to the company website, Surly beer is “brewed aggressively in Minnesota.” It’s also searched aggressively on Google by Iowans.

Kansas: Yuengling

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Yuengling is the most commonly searched beer on Google in six states between the midwest, the south, and even some western states as well.

Kentucky: Falls City Beer

Falls City Brewing Co. in Louisville, Kentucky, has been around since 1905. With more than 40 craft breweries in the state, this beer certainly had some competition, not to mention all of the other big name beer giants out there.

Louisiana: Dixie Beers

Dixie Brewing Company has recently made a resurgence. The brewery began in 1907, but in 2005, the brewery was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina floodwaters. It was announced in 2018 that the brewery would return to its roots, and clearly it’s still a popular beer in the state.

Maine: Bissell Brothers

Bissell Brothers beer is one of youngest beers on this list, having just opened in 2013. This beer line can be clearly identified with each style and flavor having its own distinctive graphic wrapped around the can.

Maryland: Corona

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No Corona is complete without that staple lime wedged into the nozzle of the bottle. In fact, the beer and fruit pair so well together that Corona made its own brand of limes last year. Talk about an “on brand” move for the company!

Massachusetts: Springdale

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With beer names like You Had To Be There, But I Digress, and Good N’ You?, this beer is highly searchable and is clearly a hit among Massachusetts natives.

Michigan: Detroit Beer Company

Detroit Beer Company has been serving beers to patrons in Michigan since 2003.

Minnesota: Hamm’s

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Hamm’s beer is one of the oldest brews in the country, with the brewery first opening its doors in 1865 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Mississippi: Yuengling

In order to survive during the Prohibition era, Yuengling opened a dairy directly across the street from the brewery to remain somewhat profitable.

Missouri: Yuengling

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As of this year, Yuengling has officially been around for 190 years.

Montana: Cold Smoke Beer

The most commonly searched beer on Google by Montanans is Kettle House Brewing Co.’s flagship beer, Cold Smoke Scotch Ale. The beer is described as a dark ale that offers a slightly sweet coffee finish.

Nebraska: Yuengling

In 2018, Yuengling launched the Golden Pilsner, after not releasing a new year-round beer for 17 years.

Nevada: 805

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It’s no surprise that this artsy west coast craft beer is the most commonly searched beer on Google in four western states.

New Hampshire: Schilling

Schilling Beer Company brews “progressive continental European-inspired beers” out of Littleton, New Hampshire.

New Jersey: Corona

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According to the most recent data from the Beer Institute, 71 percent of all imported beer is sourced from Mexico, and Corona is without a doubt one of the top contributors.

New Mexico: 805

Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s 805 Beer is the most commonly searched beer by New Mexico residents and visitors alike.

New York: Corona

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Corona strikes again! The renowned Mexican beer is the most commonly searched beer by New York natives.

North Carolina: Burial

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Burial Beer Co. is native to Ashville, North Carolina, and is the proprietor of an edgy collection of beers.

North Dakota: Drekker

Drekker Brewing Company started out in a garage before opening up its own brewery in 2014. Today, the brewery has got state locals searching it frequently on Google.

Ohio: Modelo

In addition to Corona, Modelo is another widely consumed Mexican beer in the U.S. Modelo has been made ever since 1925, making it almost a century old.

Oklahoma: Blue Moon

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An orange slice pairs as well with a Blue Moon as a lime wedge does with Corona.

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Oregon: Buoy

Handcrafted in Astoria, Oregon, Bouy Beer is deemed the most popular beer in the state by Google Trends.

Pennsylvania: Evil Genius Beer

Were you also surprised that the most commonly searched beer in Pennsylvania wasn’t Yuengling? After all, the country’s oldest beer was first brewed out of Pottsville. But Evil Genius Beer beat out the beer veteran in regard to Google searches.

Rhode Island: Sapporo

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Those living (or visiting) Rhode Island search Sapporo on Google more than any other beer. Sapporo is Japan’s oldest beer brand with origins dating back to 1876.

South Carolina: Green’s Beer

Eat This, Not That! had to do some investigating on this one. See, there is a U.K.-based Green’s Beer that famously produces gluten-free beers and there’s also Green’s Beverages with roots in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that sells anything from beer, wine, and liquor. We’re making an educated guess that the most commonly searched beer is referring to the latter, but it’s hard for us to definitively say.

South Dakota: Hydra Beer

Hydra Beer Company in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is home to the most commonly searched beer in the state according to Google!

Tennessee: Abridged Beer

Abridged Beer Co. offers 18 different beers, including a Double American Imperial Stout called Nilla Cookie Two Tun and a New England IPA called Toppy Rock.

Texas: Lone Star Beer

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Texans love BBQ and Lone Star beer! The brewery was first built in 1884, making it the first large brewery to pop up in the state.

Utah: Guinness

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Utah natives frequently search Guinness on Google.

Vermont: Frost Beer Works

Frost Beer Works offers anything from traditional beers like Farmhouse Ales to more funky beers like the Lushsicle Double IPA.

Virginia: Virginia Beer Co.

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Virginia Beer Company just opened up in 2016, which may explain why its beer has been searched so frequently in the past year—people in the state likely want to know more about it!

Washington: Rainier Beer

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The first Rainier beer debuted in 1878 in Seattle, Washington, which makes it one of the country’s oldest beers.

West Virginia: Blue Moon

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Blue Moon appears to be the beer of choice for West Virginians, or at least it’s the beer they search the most!

Wisconsin: New Glarus Brewing Co.

Daniel and Deb Carey run the quaint New Glarus Brewing Co. in—you guessed it—New Glarus, Wisconsin.

Wyoming: Accomplice Beers

Accomplice Beer Company in Cheyenne, Wyoming, offers 13 of their own beers on tap, one of which is called Waiting For The Night, an imperial chocolate porter with cranberries.

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