by Jacki Mick
On a holiday weekend, drinking is on everyone's mind. And in the ridiculous heat of the summer, what better way to quench your thirst and get good buzz than with a beer? And what EVEN BETTER way to quench your thirst than with a local brew? Thrillist ranked each state in union based on the quantity and quality of its brew scene, with a heavy focus on the quality portion of the equation.
Florida landed at a totally acceptable No. 17 on the list. Coming in dead last is Mississippi, because, according to Thrillist, "the state’s got fewer breweries than Blind Willie Nine Fingers has digits." Topping the list was Oregon, beating out beer faves California and Washington. Again, Thrillist focused on the quality more than the quantity, stating that "Oregon’s long been at the forefront of the craft industry, with brewers like Widmer Brothers, Rogue, Full Sail and Deschutes leading the national charge as gateway beers for people who want something more out of their pints."
Here's what they had to say about our own brewing scene:
"When you live in Florida, you have to deal with all the other people who live in Florida, not to mention the people who visit. So it’s nice that the rest of the normal, beer-loving folk have some excellent options to calm their nerves. Rapp and 7venth Sun represent some intriguing rising stars, and Funky Buddha’s Maple Bacon Coffee Porter is rightfully an object of obsession. But the shining-est star of Florida’s beer scene is Tampa’s Cigar City, which can go beer-to-beer with anyone. Hunahpu’s is about as flawless a rendition of the 'people will line up to get this' imperial stout as you’ll find anywhere."
We can't say that we disagree with them, but we invite them to come on over to Orlando and try some of OUR best brews. Right now, they could be tasting some Liquid Stupid from Cask and Larder (seriously, the ginger notes are to die), the Cascade hop-happy I-4 IPA from Orlando Brewing or Hourglass' supremely smooth Brown Beer ... Brown Beer ... What Do You See? We're thinking by next year at this time, Florida could be hot on the heels of No. 10. We're coming for you, Massachusetts!