At one time, Michigan’s license plates read “Winter Wonderland.” Maybe they should come out with a new edition – “Beer Wonderland.”

Michigan breweries took two top spots in the Zymurgy Magazine “Best Beers In America” ranking, endorsed by the American Homebrewers Association.

Those breweries were Bell’s Brewery out of Comstock and Founders Brewing Company from Grand Rapids.

Michigan also took the top spot for beer, with Bell’s Two Hearted coming in at number one. It’s an American IPA that has 7 percent alcohol by volume and is made with Centennial Hops.

Bell’s also came in second for their overall beer portfolio. Founders came in tied for seventh.

“This is an incredible honor for us. We got our start as homebrewers—that’s how my dad got going—so we really identify with the homebrewing community,” said Laura Bell, CEO, Bell’s Brewery, whose father, Larry, started the brewery in 1985 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. “We take a lot of that spirit into what we do today.”

Here’s the full list.

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