Unexpectedly Intriguing!
June 17, 2011

It's Friday, so it must be time for a beer! But which beer? To answer that question, let's first look at the most popular beers by nation (HT: PureTravel - click the map below for a ginormous version):

PureTravel: Around the World in 80 Beers

If you're in the United States though, perhaps you'd like to try one of the best beers in America. Mike Wirth's map shows you how many medal-winning craft beers there are to be found by state, at least for 2009 (click the map for the full size version!):

Mike Wirth: The Best Beer in America 2009

Finally, thanks to the Tax Foundation, we can also reveal how much beer is taxed per gallon in each U.S. state (also for 2009!):

Tax Foundation: State Excise Tax Rates on Beer, 1 January 2009

For our closing observation, we'll note that there seems to be somewhat of a inverse correlation between the number of medals brewers have won by state and the amount of the state's excise taxes per gallon on beer.

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