The Hophead: In This Dreary February, a Thanks to Sunny California

The habits of New York craft beer drinkers owe an inestimable debt to … California. The Golden State birthed the craft beer movement in the United States; it incubated the heavily hopped style that has come to define American craft beer more than any other; and it laid the template for that thankfully ubiquitous of craft beer hosts, the brewpub.

Essentially, everything that leads to your next pint in this horrid winter began in California.

Here’s how it happened—and perhaps why. > SLIDESHOW: NEW YORK’S BEER DEBT

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