All week we'll be counting down the end of 2012 by counting down the Indy's top five blog posts of the year. It's a pretty big deal, we know, and that's why we're stringing it out over five days.
Without any further ado, here's No. 5:
Montanans like craft beer, and having neighbors few and far between. That’s not news. But this is: We now rank No. 2 in the country in breweries per capita, behind only Vermont, with one for every 30,919 Montanans.
Based on 2011 counts, Montana’s 32 breweries pushed the state from No. 3 to No. 2, surpassing Oregon, according to the national Brewers Association.
Judging from this post's traffic — and others — our readers like stories that highlight local pride. And beer. Similar posts this year included Decemberists frontman and former UM student Colin Meloy delivering a standout commencement address at Helena High, a local Missoula writer contributing to the Super Bowl's most talked about commercial and Big Sky Brewery making The Brewers Association's list of the nation's top craft breweries.
Check back tomorrow for No. 4 in our Best Blog Posts of 2012 countdown.
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