Blowfish for Hangovers, an effervescent tablet marketed as a hangover cure, commissioned a study to find out the favorite beers of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Sadly, despite dozens of selections available at the local grocer alone, America seems pretty homogenized with only six different “favorite” beers being selected nationwide.
North Carolina’s brew of choice is Blue Moon, if the Blowfish survey is to be believed. Sam Adams came in at second place, with Corona rounding out the top three.
Our favorite cocktail is the Margarita, but we still drink Appletinis more than any other state, Blowfish says. And our favorite shot? The Lemon Drop.
When it comes to consuming, North Carolina comes in at No. 30 among the states. But we apparently don’t complain too much about alcohol’s effects, as our hangover rank is No. 46.
According to Blowfish, Maine is the state imbibing the most, while South Dakota drinks the least. Interestingly, their hangover rankings are relatively close at No. 42 and No. 44, respectively.
Despite North Carolina not being ranked as a big beer-drinking state, the business of beer — particularly craft beer — is clearly on the upswing here. Just in the last month, Free Range Brewing signed a lease for a commercial location in NoDa, a Charlotte neighborhood that’s home to a growing number of craft-brewers. Carolina BrewMasters, a local home-brewing club, hosted yet another sell-out crowd for its annual Charlotte Oktoberfest event. And two Triad-area beer makers, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. and Foothills Brewing Co., talked with our sister publication about their expansion plans.
Charlotte and other towns in the region have implemented or are eyeing revisions to zoning rules in order to allow breweries and brewpubs to open in more locations.
Jen Wilson coordinates the Charlotte Business Journal’s online operations, chronicles local events for CBJ Seen and takes photographs.