The US, home of the free and RateBeer. Not too sure how one should start (or finish) an introduction to such a large and powerful nation, but I shall try. 330 Million people call the US their home, almost 40 Million in California (where I am currently, but only visiting). There are still thousands of Cowboys and Indians in the US, but they are outnumbered by Mexicans and many other people from all over the world who have moved here and are still doing so, currently the number is around 44 Million immigrants (four of which will soon be in my family, once they get their ‘Naturalization Certificates’).
Huge cities, fantastic National Parks, wonderful scenery, Greyhounds, Amtrak, Disney, Base Ball, American Football and some other stuff make the US what it is today, a melting pot of a country.
Right, let’s talk ‘BEER’. Prohibition finished in 1933, so what has the beer scene done since then I wonder?
OK, try and guess how many US breweries there are on our data base. Wrong, think again!
Sadly the site keeps crashing when I ask it, so I have no idea how many breweries there are in the whole of the US either. California alone has 849 active and 303 closed on the site, Colorado has 411 and 111, New York 494 and 68 closed. I’m not going to go through all the 51 States/regions we have, but there must be well over 9,000 according to my research.
Those breweries have produced a lot of beer and we have some guys and galls who have tried to find as many as they can, but none of them have managed more than 5%:
9453 Rates are needed to reach the 50th place on the US Leader Board. Might be worth going for?
I am expecting some big stories and fine beer stats, so get replying.
Bonus question: Which is the only US State to have a ‘Union Jack’ within it’s State Flag?