Everybody with a mouth and love for slight inebriation has a preferred beer. A new research study, however, found that location may have something to do with it.
It’s called the “beer space”–and, no, it’s not a heavenly body in the universe entirely occupied by beer. It refers to parts of the country and their beer preferences. The study conducted at the University of Kentucky had people tweet their beer preference on Twitter and they compiled over 1 million tweets with special location tags to determine the most popular brands in certain parts of the country.
The study found that the Eastern half of the US preferred to drink Bud Light and the Western half preferred Coors Light, mostly in areas where the beers were originally brewed such as Colorado. The Midwest enjoyed Miller Lite and the South drinks Corona and Dos Equis. Several responses also found higher concentrations of wine consumption in areas such as Washington, Oregon and northern and central California where wineries are more prevalent.
It may sound like we’re not a “United” States with all these varying beer brands and wine preferences. I prefer to believe that this actually unites it. After all, it doesn’t matter if we prefer bochs or ambers, light or regular or home brewed or store bought brands. In the end, we all just want to get drunk. That’s what makes us all Americans. It also makes us alcoholics, but alcoholic Americans, so we have that going for us, which is nice.