Missouri's 'most popular' beer is one you can't even buy in the state

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(KMOX) - Apparently, Missourians really want what they can't get. A new list of the "most popular" beers in every state found that in Missouri the most-searched brew was a product that isn't distributed to the Show-Me State.

The numbers show that beer is clearly one of America's favorite beverages. In 2020, the U.S. beer industry sold about $100 billion in beer and malt-based beverages, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association. To put it another way, that's the equivalent of more than 2.8 billion cases of 24 12-ounce containers. That means consumers aged 21 and older drank about 26 gallons of beer per person during 2020.

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The most recent data also shows that the U.S. is home to more than 12,500 breweries. Some states now have more breweries than the entire country had in 1990, according to the NBWA. California is home to the most (1,465), followed by New York (666), Washington (627), Pennsylvania (619) and Michigan (605).

Further proof that beer is America's beverage of choice -- a Gallup Poll from 2019 shows 38% of those who consume alcohol prefer beer over wine (30%) or spirits (29%).

But which beers rank supreme across the entire U.S.? Food and Wine magazine looked over Google Trends to find the most searched for beer in every state. Topping the list as the most popular beer in 13 states is Blue Moon, a Belgian white ale produced by the Molson Coors Beverage Company.

Here is the full list:

Alabama: Blue Moon
Alaska: Irish Death
Arizona: 805
Arkansas: Rainier
California: 805
Colorado: Boulder
Connecticut: Blue Moon
Delaware: Dewey
Washington DC: Dacha
Florida: Jai Alai
Georgia: Blue Moon
Hawaii: Aloha
Idaho: Gluten-Free Beer
Illinois: Blue Moon
Indiana: Yuengling
Iowa: Yuengling
Kansas: Blue Moon
Kentucky: Yuengling
Louisiana: Bayou
Maine: Bear Bones
Maryland: Attaboy
Massachusetts: Cape Cod
Michigan: M-43
Minnesota: Hamms
Mississippi: Blue Moon
Missouri: Yuengling (Not distributed in Missouri, according to Yuengling.com. Closest states are Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana)
Montana: Rainier
Nebraska: Yuengling
Nevada: 805
New Hampshire: Schilling
New Jersey: Blue Moon
New Mexico: IPA
New York: Randolph
North Carolina: Burial
North Dakota: Spotted Cow
Ohio: Blue Moon
Oklahoma: Corona
Oregon: Buoy
Pennsylvania: Blue Moon
Rhode Island: Blue Moon
South Carolina: Blue Moon
South Dakota: IPA
Tennessee: Tailgate
Texas: Lone Star
Utah: Homemade Root Beer
Vermont: Gose Beer
Virginia: Blue Moon
Washington: Rainier
West Virginia: Hamms
Wisconsin: Blue Moon
Wyoming: Rainier