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As we wrap up Dry January, let’s break down New England’s favorite beers and find out which state loves which style the most.


And when I say “we,” I mean “me.” I tried Dry January for the first time ever this year. I had overindulged a bit over the holidays, truth be told. Tacked on about 10 pounds courtesy of those rich, holiday-season goodies we all love to eat. Not to mention all the wonderful craft beer I was gifted. I drank most of it during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. All things considered, I’m lucky to have gotten away with just the 10 pounds I packed on.


I did make two Dry January exceptions this month, however. After my first runs of the season at Pleasant Mountain in Maine back on the MLK weekend, I did treat myself to an ice-cold Coors Light, my apres-ski beer of choice. And I hoisted one last pint at Essex County Brewing Co. in Peabody with the fellas in the Autism Dad’s Group I’m a part of. We’ve been meeting there monthly for years, and the brewery is moving, so it was a special occasion. Aside from those two examples, however, my January was dry as a bone.


New England’s Favorite Beers: Which State Loves Which Style?

Needless to say, I’m thirsty. So when The Most Popular Type of Beer in Every U.S. State, courtesy of The Shane Co., came across my field of view, my beer-starved brain drank it up. Below, I pour out a pint of each New England state’s favorite style of beer. I even spotlight a brewery or packie where you can pick up a four-pack for when Dry January comes to a close. And since there’s still plenty of winter left in New England, keep our Wicked Winter Guide handy. Cheers.


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