August 9, 2020

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

[Eat This, Not That]

Our friends at Google Trends helped us determine what Americans are searching when it comes time to decide on what to sip.

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 in every 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. And while you’re here, don’t miss the 15 Best Light Beers in America.


four coronas most popular beer alaska

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

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.

And if you love cracking open a cold one after work, here are 5 Subtle Signs You’re Drinking Too Much Beer.


805 most popular beer arizona

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

ARKANSAS: Yuengling

yuengling most popular beer arkansas

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.


80 beer bottle with 6 pack most popular beer california
Courtesy of 805 Beer

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

COLORADO: Denver Beer Co.

devner beer company graham cracker beer most popular beer colorado
Courtesy of 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 have humble beginnings.


guinness glass filled closeup

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 history, and the beer is enjoyed in the States as well.

And if you’re curious, here’s What Happens When You Drink Beer Every Night.


new belgium fat tire beer bottle most popular beer delaware

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.


jai alai india pale ale beer can most popular beer florida
Courtesy of Cigar City Brewing

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 can most popular beer georgia
Courtesy of Terrapin Beer Co.

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 Strawberry Dreamsicle, Moo-Hoo, and Wake-N-Bake.


aloha beer glass closeup most popular beer hawaii
Courtesy of Aloha Beer Co.

Aloha Beer Company has roots in Kaka’ako on the island of O’ahu. Unsurprisingly, it’s also the most commonly searched term by people in Hawaii.

IDAHO: Kokanee Beer

kokanee beer bottle most popular beer idaho

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


blue moon beer bottle bar counter most popular beer oklahoma

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

INDIANA: Yuengling

yuengling lager beer bottle most popular beer indiana
Courtesy of Yuengling

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

IOWA: Surly

surly brewing co furios ipa can most popular beer indiana
Courtesy of Surly Brewing Co.

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

And if you’re using that beer in your recipes, here are 8 Tips For Cooking With Beer.

KANSAS: Yuengling

yuengling light lager bottle

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 beer can most popular beer kentucky
Courtesy of 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.


dixie beer

Dixie Brewing Company has made a resurgence recently. 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 it’s still a popular beer in the state.

MAINE: Bissell Brothers

bissel brothers substance ale beer can most popular beer maine
Courtesy of Bissel Brothers

Bissell Brothers beer is one of the youngest beers on this list, having opened in 2013. This beer line is easy to identify, with each style and flavor having a distinctive graphic wrapped around the can.


close up corona bottles wooden background most popular beer maryland

No Corona is complete without that staple lime wedged into the nozzle of the bottle. The beer and fruit pair so well together that Corona made a brand of limes in 2018. Talk about an “on brand” move for the company!

And if you’re watching your diet, here are The Best and Worst Beers for Weight Loss.


springdale you had to be there india pale ale can most popular beer massachusetts
Courtesy of Springdale by Jack’s Abby Brewing

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

MICHIGAN: Detroit Beer Company

detroit beer co sample glasses most popular beer michigan
Detroit Beer CO/Facebook

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


hamms beer logo most popular beer minnesota
Courtesy of Hamm’s Beer

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.


sign for yuengling beer
Eric Glenn/Shutterstock

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

MISSOURI: Yuengling

case of yuengling beer
Joni Hanebutt/Shutterstock

Yuengling has been around for more than 190 years, so there’s been plenty of time for it to gain popularity in many states.

And if you’re curious, here’s How Much Sugar Is in the Beer You Drink.

MONTANA: Cold Smoke Beer

cold smoke ale
Courtesy of KettleHouse

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

cases of yuengling beer
Joni Hanebutt/Shutterstock

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


beer bottles lined up on bar
David Tonelson/Shutterstock

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


schilling beer co beer cans with glass most popular beer new hampshire
Schilling Beer Co./Facebook

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


couple holding corona extra bottles most popular beer new york

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

And if you’re thinking about drinking less, here’s What Happens To Your Body When You Give Up Alcohol.

New Mexico: 805

beer tap handles at bar
David Tonelson/Shutterstock

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

NEW YORK: Corona

corona extra bottle with lime ice most popular beer new jersey

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


burial beer vicious cycle beer can most popular beer north carolina
Courtesy of Burial Beer Co.

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


drekker beer flight most popular beer north dakota
Jason F./Yelp

Drekker Brewing Company started in a garage before opening up a brewery in 2014. Today, the brewery has locals searching for it on Google.

OHIO: Modelo

modelo beer bottle most popular beer ohio
Courtesy of Modelo USA

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.

And if you’re looking for some food to go with your drink, don’t miss these Beer and Food Pairings.


blue moon draft glass most popular beer west virginia

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


buoy beer can most popular beer oregon
Courtesy of Buoy Beer Coompany

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

PENNSYLVANIA: Evil Genius Beer

evil genius beer company sampler most popular beer pennsylvania
Isabel B./Yelp

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 with Google searches.


cans of sapporo beer on shelf

People in Rhode Island search Sapporo on Google more than any other beer. Sapporo is Japan’s oldest beer brand, with origins dating back to 1876.


greens beer glasses most popular beer south carolina
GREEN’s Discount Beverages – Myrtle Beach/Yelp

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 say for sure.

You can do more with beer than just drink it! Here are 14 Delicious Things You Can Make With a Can of Beer.


hydra beer comapny most popular beer south dakota
Bobby B./Yelp

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 company beer glasses most popular beer tennessee
Kat C./Yelp

Abridged Beer Co. offers 16 different beers, including a New England IPA called Toppy Rock, as well as a hard seltzer option.

TEXAS: Lone Star Beer

lone star beer can bottle most popular beer texas

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

poured guinness glass closeup

Utah natives frequently search for Guinness on Google.

VERMONT: Frost Beer Works

frost beer works farmhouse ale can glass most popular beer vermont
Frost Beer Works/Facebook

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

And if you’re curious, here’s What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Alcohol During the Day.

VIRGINIA: Virginia Beer Co.

virginia beer co wrenish rye can most popular beer virginia
Courtesy of The Virginia Beer Co.

Virginia Beer Company opened in 2016, which may explain why its beer has been searched so frequently. People in the state likely want to know more about it!

WASHINGTON: Rainier Beer

rainier beer can most popular beer washington
Courtesy of Ranier

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


isolated blue moon bottle most popular beer illinois

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.

new glarus brewing co beer glass bottle most popular beer wisconsin
Susan H./Yelp

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

WYOMING: Accomplice Beers

accomplice beer company glass most popular beer wyoming
Elaine Y./Yelp

Accomplice Beer Company in Cheyenne, Wyoming, offers 14 beers on tap, with fun names like Round House and the Three Amigos.


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