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Charting Beer Statistics

By Jay Brooks
Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 3:31 pm in On Beer.

My friend and colleague Rick Lyke has the good fortune to have a son-in-law who’s a graphic designer and really, really good at creating graphs or infographics, which is essentially a chart that tell a story. For the second year in a row, Rick has persuaded his son-in-law, Mike Wirth, to create an awesome infographic of various GABF medal statistics for his Lyke2Drink blog. I’ve parsed some of the most interesting mini-charts within the infographic and displayed them below. Enjoy.

most-breweries-vs-total
These charts show the number of breweries by state and the total number by type or size of brewery.

breweries-vs-medals
This is a chart of states with the most per capita breweries vs. the states that have won the most cumulative medals since they began awarding medals through 2008.

top-amer-breweries-09
This is a chart of the breweries that have won the most cumulative medals since they began awarding medals through 2008.

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This is a chart of the individual beers that have won the most cumulative medals since they began awarding medals through 2008.

west-coast-gabf-medals
Lastly, here is a detail of the west coast and the medals won by breweries in California, Oregon and Washington.

best-beer-america-2009
This is the entire infographic, show smaller of course, but click here to see it full size or see it at Mike Wirth’s website or with Rick Lyke’s original analysis.

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  • craig

    ever been to the “bistro” ?…judging beer is very “clickish”….thats way the people’s choice seldom gets best of show….so i would not but much stock into who does or doesn’t win an award…

  • http://www.510brewing.com Travis

    I love statistics and I love pictures. It’s pure bliss when they come together :)

  • http://thebeerbarn.blogspot.com/2009/12/beer-companies-use-data-about-comsumers.html BeerBarn

    Nice charts and stats California was a surprise to see as being high up in beer stats.

  • http://thingsthatarebrewed.blogspot.com Georgia

    Great charts! V. interesting that California has won the most cumulative medals but is not among the top 20 states with the most per capita breweries.