|Figure 1. A 100-mile radius around Washington, DC, includes VA, MD, DE, PA, and WV|
I love sharing my passion for craft beer and touting the rich brewing traditions and the incredible variety of craft beer available in the region around Washington, DC. In January, I published a Symbaloo Reference for Beer Lovers. Then in February, I shared a couple of references I had found: a Great New Beer Map, and the Seek-a-Brew Distribution Map.
What I soon discovered surprised me. There are 31 different distribution combinations for the brewers who distribute their beers in these six areas. Keep in mind that laws concerning the distribution and sale of alcohol can vary widely across state and district borders. Also worth mentioning: the variations in demand will certainly open some areas of the market and leave others less desirable to brewers and distributors. In any event, the idea of a simple Venn diagram went out the window in light of the data shown in the chart below (Figure 2).
|Figure 2. This graph of Seek-a-Brew data shows the number of brewers who distribute their beer in the region|
|Table 1. Distribution in Pennsylvania only|
|Table 2. Brewers who distribute all six areas of the region|