No surprise, but craft breweries hit a rough patch in 2020. As we noted in early April, the\u00a0Brewers Association\u00a0(BA) reported that small and independent brewers collectively produced\u00a023.1\u00a0million barrels\u00a0of beer\u00a0and realized\u00a0a\u00a09% decline in 2020. Craft-beer market share dipped to 12.3% from 13.6% in 2019. And direct jobs in craft\u00a0breweries saw a\u00a014%\u00a0decrease\u00a0from\u00a02019. But the good news was that the number of craft breweries in the U.S. was actually up in 2020, with a small but meaningful net gain of 373 small and independent breweries.\u00a0That puts the total number of craft breweries in the United States at 8,764 (in order of popularity, the sub-categories here are taproom, brewpub, micro and regional). And now, in 2021, we\u2019re in the mood for travel and especially in the mood to drink \u2026 but we\u2019d prefer to do both domestically. Thankfully, VinePair \u2014 utilizing statistics from the BA \u2014 has broken down the state of craft brewing by state and per capita with some very handy maps. Some takeaways from their rankings: California unsurprisingly has the most craft breweries (958) On a per capita ranking, however, California is rather middling. Instead, head to Vermont, which sees 15.4 craft breweries per 100,000 adults. You\u2019ll want to avoid Mississippi if you like good beer, as the southern state only has 12 craft breweries, or 0.6 per capita (both national lows) And that state actually ranks 51st, as the BA includes the District of Columbia \u2026 which ranks 33rd in breweries per capita Going back to Mississippi: The state may be last because it had a slow start. It was only in 2017 when the state government allowed craft breweries to sell their beer on-site. As well, \u201cMississippi has historically been very macro focused,\u201d as Matthew McLaughlin, an attorney who\u2019s worked with hundreds of small breweries, told Mississippi Today back in 2019. \u201cNinety-nine percent of all the beer consumed here was made outside of the state and was made by somebody that would fall within that macro-production category.\u201d More Like This 10 Extremely Specific Recs for the Craft Beer Library of Your Dreams Brooklyn Brewery\u2019s Garrett Oliver Shares Some Thoughts on the Post-Pandemic Future of Craft Beer How Do We Fix Craft Beer\u2019s Diversity Problem? For more travel news, tips and inspo, sign up for InsideHook's weekly travel newsletter, The Journey. The post This Is the Best State for Drinking Craft Beer in 2021 appeared first on InsideHook.