The Pacific Northwest is a powerhouse when it comes to breweries and cideries. Both Oregon and Washington have new breweries and cideries going in practically on a daily basis, and tasting rooms and ale houses abound in both states. With this in mind I was tentative about reading a recent Yahoo article on the ranking of every state in the nation by their beer, but I was pleasantly surprised when California, Oregon and Washington all ranked in the author’s top five when it came to the quality of their local brews. Usually in such articles favoritism seems to lean towards the east coast. It was quite obvious though that there were a lot of ruffled feathers over the article when reading some of the comments printed below. I do have to agree with the one comment about the Kansas rating, since I do originate from there, that Kansas is greatly under appreciated and often under rated just for being Kansas. Of course, everyone thinks that their state should be in the top five, no matter whether they deserve it or not. But I have to say that in this case Oregon and Washington rightly deserve to be rated in the top five. I would even go so far as to say that they probably should have tied for the number one spot, but then I might be just a teensy bit biased.