This is a continuation of the work I did in part 1 using BreweryDB data. I've cleaned most files with brewery and beer information (only 44 files could not be parsed using insheetjson in Stata, but I'm working on those separately, they will be included in my analysis at a later time). For now, this analysis only includes files which I was able to parse.
So, who makes beer? Breweries. What styles are there? Well let me tell you. There are the following styles in BreweryDB. Under each style there are up to 170 beer categories (or sub-styles?) like the ones I described in Part 1.
Looks like the unique count of breweries with North American Origin Ales style surpasses all other counts with close to 3,500 in this (somewhat complete) sample. With the explosion of micro-breweries, and all kinds of people getting into beer, I guess I'm not too surprised. So, what types of beers are contained within this style? I've summarized them here. The top 50% of the North American Origin Ales are made up by the following styles: American-Style India Pale Ale (19%), American-Style Pale Ale (15%), American-Style Amber/Red Ale (11%) and the Imperial or Double India Pale Ale (9%). See table below.
Interesting. To be honest, I don't like IPAs, pale ales, or IIPAs. They're just too hoppy for my taste. Pass me a Belgian instead. On that note, here are the counts of breweries who make Belgian & French Origin Ales.
A lot lower than the North American Origin Ales, but with the IPAs growing out of control (or so it feels like they are here in San Diego), I guess that makes sense. Plus, while there are fewer breweries that make Belgian and French Ales these types of beer seem to have been around longer. For example, the earliest established brewery with Belgian and French Ales is in 1121 by Leffe versus 1471 for the earliest North American Ale which interestingly enough corresponds to the beer style "Golden or a Blonde Ale" made by none other than a Belgian Brewery: Hetanker. Aren't Belgian breweries just the best?
I've mapped the breweries that make Belgian and French Origin Ales below that are located in California, Texas, North Carolina, New York, and D.C. Why these states? These are the states where most of my site's visitors are from :)
Like I said in the first post, there's a lot of data and I've only shown you a little bit of it! Look forward to more posts that use additional variables that I haven't even mentioned and maybe cooler maps. Cheers!
My name is Belen, I like to play with data using Stata during work hours and in my free time. I like blogging about my Fitbit, Stata, and random musings.