Best States for Beer Lovers: New York

You have some catching up to do, New York!

With National Beer Day arriving on Friday, we decided to look at the best states to celebrate in if you are a big fan of beer. When it comes to determining the best, we looked at three categories: quality, quantity and affordability. – your source for New York sports betting – utilized three combined data points to develop the ranking of the 50 U.S. States from best to worst for beer lovers. We utilized to get the average rating of beers brewed in the state (ratings given out of 5), to get the number of breweries per capita (per 100,000 residents) and for the average price of a 24-pack per state. Once acquiring that information, we averaged out the ranking of the states to get our final rankings.

Let's see how New York stacks up.

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Best States for Beer Lovers

Here is what we found out:

Overall RankStateQuality Ranking Quantity RankingAffordability RankingTotal Average
T6New York1230315
T8Rhode Island2222416
T8North Carolina2318716
15New Hampshire3481318.3


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New York Close to Top 5

New York did not finish in the top five. The Empire State was in a two-way tie for sixth place with Indiana with a total average of 15.

New York was 12th in quality ranking, 30th for quantity ranking and a surprising third for affordability ranking. By comparison, Indiana was eighth in quality, 26th in quantity and 11th for affordability.

The top five for total average:

  1. Michigan (10)
  2. Iowa (12)
  3. Illinois (13.3)
  4. Colorado (14)
  5. Missouri (14.6)

According to’s New York's Craft Beer Sales & Production Statistics in 2021, the state had 485 craft breweries (3.2 breweries per 100,000, 21 years old and over) with more than 1.3 million barrels of craft beer produced per year (2.7 gallons per 21-year-olds and over).

Founded in 2014, Brooklyn-based Other Half Brewing Company has the top four and eight of the first nine top-rated beers, including five of the first eight as “Double Dry Hopped” in the state at The top beer in the state is Other Half's 4th Anniversary, a New England IPA, at 10.00%.

The average price of a domestic 24-pack (one case) of beer in the state is $15.48. The cost is one of the lowest in the nation, along with Illinois, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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