Wow, I haven't been on this forum in ages, but I just saw that I missed this thread, and I can't not respond. I would vote, but it's been closed. But maxing it at 11 is unreasonable -- there are so many in the midwest. I'm in the Chicago south suburbs and a couple of miles from my house I can get at least 5 breweries from MI, several from WI and IN, and naturally, some from IL. So which breweries' beers have I sampled? Well, for the sake of brevity I'll limit it to the Midwest breweries whose beers I've had in 2011. I won't list specific beers because some were at a Beer Bout and were individual batches that cannot be bought in stores (and whose names I don't recall -- 10 8 oz. glasses of 10%+ abv beers tend to affect the memory).
So, breweries in 2011:
Founders, Bells, Dark Horse, New Holland, Arcadia
Three Floyds, Mad Anthony
Two Brothers, Flossmoor Station, Goose Island
Leinenklugel, Miller, New Glarus, Schlitz (is that still being brewed in MKE?)
Just 2011, and I'm at 14 breweries within the 4 states I've lived in in my life.
But I'm not an alcoholic, really. *urp*
And I'm not as thunk as you drink I am.
But the Midwest does rock for beer.
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