National site names best 'summertime beer' in each state. A Charlotte brew wins NC.

National site names best 'summertime beer' in each state. A Charlotte brew wins NC.
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CHARLOTTE, NC (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) - Popular Mechanics has named its picks for the best "summertime beer" in each of the 50 states and a Charlotte-brewed beer was named the North Carolina champ: Sycamore Sun Grown Lager.

In South Carolina, the top choice was Coast 32°/50° Kolsch, based out of North Charleston.

"Thanks to the craft brewing revolution, great beer is now being made in every state," the article said, adding: "This list contains mostly lighter beers fit for summertime consumption."

Judges didn't offer a lot of comments on their picks. Sycamore Sun Grown Lager was chosen because it is a "seemingly straightforward lager ... the ideal of simple beer."

As for South Carolina's Coast 32°/50° Kolsch, the judge wrote: "Give this to anyone who thinks they should drink white wine in the summer: 32/50 is better, and they're a liar if they won't admit it."

Sycamore Brewing, established in 2013, is family-owned and operated out of a site on Hawkins Street in Charlotte. The company's website says it spent a decade perfecting its beers.

A debate over Popular Mechanics' choices erupted within a day on social media, with discussion groups on Reddit offering alternatives. That debate then led to yet another Reddit discussion devoted to naming the best North Carolina beer.

"Sun Grown is a pretty nice lager, but I can't think of anyone who would say it's the best beer in the city, much less the state," posted one Reddit commenter. "We have too much good beer for that to be true."

Here are the top beers in some other southern states:

  • Alabama: TrimTab Paradise Now Raspberry Berliner Weisse.
  • Florida: J. Wakefield Stush Berliner Weisse.
  • Georgia: Creature Comforts Bibo Pilsner.
  • Louisiana: Parish Envie Pale Ale
  • Mississippi: Natchez Southern Grace Berliner Weisse.
  • Tennessee: Monkey Town Little Miss Thang Blonde Ale.
  • Texas: Jester King Le Petit Prince Farmhouse Ale.
  • Virginia: Port City Optimal Wit.
  • West Virginia: Greenbrier Valley Zona's Revenge Witbier.