America is a beer country. Thats the method it is, and thats the method it ever has been. We like our beer, and we like to drink it, from the blood-red wood forest to the Gulf Stream water. So much so, that a few weeks ago, Budweiser announced that its replacing the Budweiser on its figurehead with the word America.
Our editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport desires the stuff. In detail, he drinks Budweiser almost entirely and ever unapologetically. I admire his is committed to his experience, but if a beer is going to be bearing the reputation of home countries entire beer culture on its slightly tipsy back, I want it to really represent what our countrys beer scene is all about: morning hikes with your granddad, strong minds on inconsequential editions, trash talk at the Super Bowl, and doing whatever it takes to snag first place at your hometown pie-eating competition. Its fireworks on the Fourth, fist pushes at the latest Trump rally, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame on reproduce for immortality.
So here they are, the ten locally-brewed, innovative beers that deserve to become the All-American squad.
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Hometown: Chico, CA
Brewed Since: 1980
Noteworthy because: This drink is the basis of the objectionable athletic known as modern ship beer.
Sierra Nevada has been brewing SNPA since 1980, and its still as fulfill as ever. Wait, 1980. Wasnt that the year we stepped onto the ice and thump some Soviets on our method to a gold medallion in upstate New York? At a bit affair “ve called the” Winter Olympics? Youre damn right it was.
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Anchor Steam Beer
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Brewed Since: 1896
Noteworthy because: Anchor Steam never changed, and it doesnt is a requirement to, like that faded pennant in your front lawn.
Anchor was Americas firstly craft brewery, and a California Common Lager is so American a form it should come with a pocket Constitution. During their cross-nation safarus, it was rumored that Lewis and Clark dedicated an entire horse for carrying an instance of Anchor Steam Beer at Sacagaweas insistence. At least thats what I discover, I think.
Hometown: Pottsville, PA
Brewed Since: 1829 initially, 1987 for the modern recipe
Noteworthy because: Its inexpensive, and its owned by Americans.
Yuengling Brewery (@ Yuengling_Beer) May 10, 2016
American owned and brewed at the oldest brewery in the two countries, this is the beer you miss in your blood-red solo goblet as you thump the last cup on the pong counter, sending your frat brethren parcelling while Bruce Springsteen verifies that you were indeed Born in the USA.
Oskar Blues Dales Pale Ale
Hometown: Lyons, CO
Brewed Since: 2002
Noteworthy because: It was the first canned ship beer.
Americans have always been innovators and free-thinkers. Thats why the mountain biking, rock-climbing, outdoor-obsessed brewers at Oskar Blues were the first to make their ship beer in cans to take on the route. Or to the roof of your Brooklyn apartment building, where 17 of your best friend are grilling hot dog illegally.
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Brewed Since: 2000
Noteworthy because: Widely regarded as the best West Coast IPA in the country.
The tropically hop-skip West Coast IPA is the form of beer that people affiliate most heavily with American ship beer, and Pliny is the purest example of that form. Its as West Coast as Matthew McConaughey hanging out the side of a 1970 Mustang convertible, whistling Good Tremors by The Beach Boys. Alright, alright, all right.