Tuesday, March 20, 2012

By The Numbers

After a long break, the Fraters Libertas Beer Ratings have at long last been updated. They now include six-hundred-and-fifty-three beers from twenty-five different countries and thirty-five states. This map shows which states have beers represented in the ratings and where the gaps remain (in white).

The average rating for all the beers included here is 12.9. As you can see from this chart, it’s not an equal distribution.

There’s always a lot of debate about which state brews the best beer. It’s not surprising that the two states whose beers have been rated the most here are Minnesota and Wisconsin, with eighty-two each included in the list. The average rating for the Minnesota beers is 13.24, which again not surprisingly is slightly above average. Wisconsin’s brews averaged a score of 12.07.

Looking only at states which had at least twenty beers rated, California came out on top. The fifty-nine California beers rated have a very impression average score of 14.92. Here’s a list of how other states above the twenty beer threshold stacked up:

When it comes to countries, the UK has ten beers included with an average of 14.1 while Germany has twenty with an average of 12. They’re the only countries with ten or more on the list. I think that including more international beers will definitely be an area of focus for the rest of the year.

So many beers, so little time.