I left Florida because there were no breweries,
Damn, man. Anything else make you leave, or was it just the brewery factor?
I was getting a masters degree at FSU and was stuck in a rut of not knowing what the hell I wanted to do with my life, just getting a masters because it delayed having to make a decision and get a real job. I decided I wanted to be a brewer, and Florida had effectively no real opportunities for that. So based nearly only on that fact, I moved to Colorado. It was between the Front Range of Colorado, Portland, and the Bay Area. I think it is kind of funny that now I am going to be moving to the Bay Area in the next year or so (hopefully).
But even taking away the breweries in Colorado, I would rather live here than Florida. I don't miss the beach much, and the weather out here is way nicer.