The Best Brewery in Every State
Here at Huckberry, we’re big fans of trying the local craft breweries wherever we go. So, we asked you, our readers, which lesser-known beers should we try? Which US breweries deserve a spotlight? Little did we know, our inquiry would elicit hundreds of responses (not to mention some contentious debates in the office). With so many great recommendations, we knew we couldn’t just sit on this goldmine of information. So, we sifted through all 700+ comments across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, did some research (and taste-testing) of our own, and we’re now proud to share our picks for the best breweries in all 50 states. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Want to contest the brewery we selected for your state? We wouldn’t expect anything less. Drop your picks in the comments below or in the original thread. Because when it comes to craft beer—we’re always happy to try a few more.
Alabama: TrimTab Brewing
Recommended by Pierce J.
On ships and airplanes, a trim tab is a mini rudder that takes very little force to move. It doesn’t look like much, but it pulls the larger rudder, thereby steering the entire ship. With that metaphor in mind, TrimTab Brewing has been aiming to make an impact beyond their size since they opened their doors in 2014. This Birmingham Brewery, which focuses on expressive IPAs, experimental stouts, and fruited sours, is the top-rated Alabama brewery on BeerAdvocate and was featured on Thrillist as the best in the state.
Alaska: HooDoo Brewing Company
Recommended by Arch G.
From trying his hand at homebrewing in Montana, to refining his skills in brewing schools in Chicago and Munich, to learning from the Belgian, Czech, English, and German masters themselves on a tour through Europe, Bobby Wilken is no craft-brewing novice. Quite the opposite, his steady rise allowed him to work on the frontlines of an award-winning brewing company before developing his own business and recipes. HooDoo Brewing Company has a hefty lineup of rotating taps flowing with European-inspired brews, but the Kölsch and American APA are among the most popular.
Honorable mention: Midnight Sun Brewing Company in Anchorage
Arizona: Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company
“I think Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company definitely would deserve a spotlight. They are doing amazing stuff.” — Gary T.
From the Grand Canyon in the north to Saguaro National Park in the south, Arizona has myriad offerings for outdoor enthusiasts. Drawing inspiration from their adventures, Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company has become a must-visit when in the Phoenix area. Brewing with locally sourced ingredients and sustainable practices, Arizona Wilderness has an arrow-like focus on the conservation of their home state. While we have a hard time picking one beer, to keep from baking in the Arizona heat, we recommend the Watermelon Gose, made from local watermelons and Sonora white wheat. With a brewpub in Gilbert and a beer garden in Downtown Phoenix, you’ve got options for where you’ll imbibe.
Honorable mention: Iron John’s Brewing Company in Tucson
Arkansas: Flyway Brewing Company
“Breweries in Arkansas, specifically Flyaway in Little Rock.” — Will A.
Located on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock’s Argenta Arts District, Flyway Brewing Company is a 10-barrel microbrewery that offers pub food, trivia nights, weekly tours, and 12 rotating taps. If you’re lucky enough to see the Bluewing Berry Wheat on the menu when you visit, order yourself a pint and thank us later.
Honorable mention: Lost Forty Brewing in Little Rock
California: Fieldwork Brewing Company
Recommended by Casey B.
Call us biased, but at HQ we agreed when you guys nominated fellow Bay Area residents Fieldwork Brewing Company in Berkeley as the top brewery in the state. Known for a huge variety and an ever-shifting menu, even those who frequent Fieldwork may never see the same beer twice. Post up on one of the huge community picnic tables with a board game and enjoy the patio year-round thanks to the mild East Bay climate. If you’re looking for something exclusive, check out their bi-weekly Saturday can release for a beer you can’t get anywhere else. Not sure if you can make it to Berkeley? Fieldwork now boasts six locations across northern California spanning from Monterey to Sacramento. (Or, for more Bay Area brews, check out Trails and Ales: San Francisco.)
Honorable Mentions: Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma and Modern Times in San Diego
Colorado: Casey Brewing & Blending
Recommended by Brennan B.
The jury’s still out as to whether Colorado is the official Land of Craft Beer, but you’d be remiss not to tip your hat to the state’s century-and-a-half-old resume. In Colorado, the craft-beer game has only gotten better with time, and the same can be said for the ales at Casey Brewing & Blending—a Glenwood Springs-based brewery specializing in oak barrel-aged fermentations made primarily with local ingredients. With a coveted spot on RateBeer’s Top 100 Brewers in the World, Owner Troy Casey knocks it out of the park with his fruited farmhouse ales, such as the Blackberry Casey Family Preserves.
Honorable mentions: Outer Range Brewing Company in Frisco and Weldwerks Brewing Company in Greeley
Connecticut: Fox Farm Brewery
Recommended by Erle N.
On 30 acres of farmland, Fox Farm Brewery is housed in a former dairy barn built in the 1960s. Husband-and-wife Founders Zack and Laura Adams built their home on the property in 2012, started work on converting the dilapidated barn in 2015, and opened their brewery in 2017, unsure whether it would attract visitors to the 4,000-person town of Salem, Connecticut. Just 35 minutes from Hartford, 2 hours from Boston, and 2.5 hours from New York City, Fox Farm Brewery has proven its hoppy IPAs and pale ales are well worth the trip no matter where you’re coming from.
Honorable mention: Fat Orange Cat Brewing Company in East Hampton
Delaware: Big Oyster Brewery
Recommended by Michael A.
Founded in 2015, Big Oyster Brewery was recently named the second-fastest-growing brewery in the country by the Brewers Association. From a variety of IPAs, to Bavarian-style and Belgian-style wheat beers, to German-style lagers, Big Oyster Brewery is sure to have something to satisfy any kind of beer drinker during their daily happy hour.
Honorable mention: Twin Lakes Brewing Company in Newport
Florida: Calusa Brewing
Recommended by Nick B.
Back in 2010, Calusa Brewing Founders Geordie Rauch and Vic Falck were stationed with the Navy in San Diego. The brothers-in-law fell in love with the booming craft beer scene in Southern California and dreamed of opening a brewery of their own at home in Sarasota. Lucky for them (and for all of us), they roped Jason Thompson in as their head brewer after trying his homebrewed IPAs and Saisons. The trio returned to Florida in 2015 and opened Calusa Brewing a year later. Their taproom offers floor-to-ceiling views of the behind-the-scenes brewing process and offers 16 rotating taps. If you’re lucky enough to visit when it’s on tap, order a pint of the Calusa Fog Warning.
Honorable Mentions: Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company in DeLand and Oyster City Brewing Company in Apalachicola.
Georgia: Monday Night Brewing
“Monday Night Brewing has really been on fire over the last year or so.” — Matt W.
Atlanta-based Monday Night Brewing aims to create beers for the weeknights: “balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food.” The crew that founded the company actually met at a small Atlanta Bible study and started homebrewing together on Monday nights before deciding to perfect their recipes and bring them to the market. And we’re all glad they did—especially in the case of their sweet-and-smokey scotch ale, Drafty Kilt.
Honorable mentions: Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens and Wild Leap Brewing Company in LaGrange
Hawaii: Big Island Brewhaus
Recommended by Tyde K.
As if you needed another reason to set sail for the Big Island, there are now award-winning brewskis in the mix. Located in Waimea at 2,764 feet above sea level, Big Island Brewhaus is the highest brewpub on the island chain with top-notch beer to match. Owner Thomas Kerns’ decades-long experience in the world of home-brewed and hand-crafted beer has allowed him to finesse his technique while earning accolades for his hand-toasted coconut-infused White Mountain Porter and extra hoppy Overboard IPA. Stop by to soak up local musicians during the Songwriter Showcase on the first Wednesday of each month, and indulge in fresh fare, courtesy of local farmers, fishermen, beekeepers, and ice-cream makers.
Honorable mention: Maui Brewing Company in Kihei
Idaho: Edge Brewing Company
Recommended by Marnie M.
The whole shebang, Boise-based Edge Brewing Company serves up ample libations—from a crisp pilsner and oatmeal nitro stout to a strawberry basil kombucha and chardonnay. Make your visit a whole day and pig out on Edge’s hearty food menu, which an eclectic mix of American and international cuisine sourced from local farmers, including Korubuta pork from Snake River Farms and all things cheese from Idaho-based Ballard Family Dairy & Cheese. And rumor has it Edge Brewing Company is opening a new location in downtown Boise come fall 2019, so keep your eyes peeled for more opportunities to sip on the brewery’s creations.
Honorable mention: Jim Dandy Brewing in Pocatello
Illinois: Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Recommended by Josh B.
You can kill two birds with one stone on this one. As the Windy City’s first combination craft brewery and distillery in a single location, Maplewood pumps out more than a dozen stouts, pilsners, and ales, plus a handful of liquors (we’re talking whiskey and gin). Let’s just say, it’d behoove you to have your DD on standby because there are plenty of suds and spirits to sample. Some of the newest releases: a West Coast IPA called Hooplehead and a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen, made with German wheat and Pilsner malt.
Honorable mentions: Triptych Brewing in Savoy and Mikerphone Brewing in Elk Grove Village
Indiana: 3 Floyds Brewing Company
Recommended by Marley B.
For 3 Floyds Brewing Company, simplicity is key. As strict followers of the German beer purity law, the magic of their brews lies with four main ingredients: hops, barley, water, and yeast. There’s nothing fancy about it, but your tastebuds will sure as hell sing. 3 Floyds—a bit of a veteran on the craft-brew scene with, what some might call, a cult-like following—has managed to whip up a stellar lineup of ales and stouts with bottles designed by edgy Kentucky-based graphic design team Zimmer Design. One of its brews, the Dark Lord Russian-Style Imperial Stout, has a whole damn Dark Lord festival organized around its annual release, complete with metal bands and a slew of variations on the beer that started it all.
Honorable mention: Brew Link Brewing in Plainfield
Iowa: SingleSpeed Brewing Company
“SingleSpeed in northeast Iowa is a flyover country hidden gem.” — Graham
SingleSpeed Brewing Company is more than just a brewery. It’s a leader in sustainability and community involvement in northeastern Iowa, having earned LEED Certification (or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) in 2017 and by continually partnering with local groups that promote conservation and bike advocacy. But the beer isn’t too bad either. With a stacked lineup of more than 60 brews, SingleSpeed excels with its core selection, including Tip the Cow (a cocoa espresso milk stout) and the cream ale Tricycle, while pushing the envelope with its seasonal picks (the Anna Marie strawberry-infused blonde ale) and American-style and contemporary sours. Looking to supplement your beer with a healthy dose of physical activity? Each year, SingleSpeed takes part in RAGBRAI, a five-day group bike ride more than 200 miles long with stops for suds along the way.
Honorable mention: Toppling Goliath Brewing Company in Decorah
Kansas: Free State Brewing Company
“Oh man. There’s so much in the Kansas City area, and Free State has a delightful sour I’m enjoying.” — John P.
Like the University of Kansas Jayhawks (also in Lawrence), Free State Brewing Company’s name pays homage to the battles of Bleeding Kansas during the Civil War. When it opened in 1989, Free State was the state’s first legal brewery in more than 100 years. Today, it’s got a 14-barrel brewhouse and a simple but effective mission: Provide good folks with great-tasting beer that is perfectly suited for almost any occasion.
Honorable mention: Defiance Brewing Company in Hays
Kentucky: Braxton Brewing Company
Recommended by Matthew T.
Like Weezer and Amazon, Braxton Brewing Company was born in a garage. Years before he was legally allowed to imbibe he creations, Founder Evan Rouse set up a home brewery in his parents’ garage on Braxton Drive in Union, Kentucky. In 2015, Rouse has moved his operation to a space in Covington, which is still expanding—their new 5,000-square-foot rooftop bar, complete with cozy seating and string lights, just opened this summer. Head up for some sun and their classic golden cream ale.
Honorable mention: Mirror Twin Brewing in Lexington
Louisiana: Gnarly Barley Brewing Company
Recommended by Lucas M.
Southeast Louisiana born and raised, co-founders Zac and Cari Caramonta have a soft spot for seeing their community grow. In 2017, Gnarley Barley Brewing Company was named one of the fastest-growing breweries by the Brewers Association, and today they operate a 14,000 facility. Gnarly Barley debuted in 2011 with the Hoppopotamus IPA, now retired, and the silky smooth Korova Milk Porter, infused with flavors of coffee and chocolate. The taps at the on-site, open-air Gnar Bar taproom are currently flowing with a dangerously hoppy Jucifer IPA and the Catahoula Common, a crisp, light-bodied lager perfect for warm Louisiana afternoons.
Honorable mention: Parish Brewing Company in Broussard
Maine: Bissell Brothers Brewing
Portland & Milo
Recommended by Bo T.
Though Bissell Brothers Brewing has found success distributing its beer both nationally and internationally since it was founded in 2013, the founding brothers (Noah and Peter Bissell) are still dedicated to serving the people of Maine as their first priority. And if becoming a Mainer is what it took to get our hands on their citra hoppy Baby Genius Blonde Ale, we’d happily move to Portland (which, by the way, has more breweries per capita than any other US city).
Honorable Mention: Maine Beer Company
Maryland: Burley Oak Brewing Company
Recommended by Ozlen L.
With some of the deepest American roots you’ll find, Burley Oak Brewing Company is nestled in the town of Berlin on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Founded around the 1790s, Berlin is believed to be named for the Burleigh Inn, a tavern which is also the namesake of Burley Oak Brewing. If you’re looking for a truly Eastern Shore brew, check out their unique grain to glass series dubbed Home Grown Ales. This series is brewed with local ingredients grown and harvested specifically for Burley Oak. When visiting, be sure to head through the back of the taproom and beer garden to The Cellar for a pour of their barrel-aged beers.
Honorable mention: Checkerspot Brewing Company in Baltimore
Massachusetts: Tree House Brewing Company
Recommended by Ian R.
Just off the Massachusetts Turnpike in Charlton you’ll find tiny Tree House Brewing Company. With a robust selection of IPAs, Ales, and Stouts, Tree House is a draft-only brewery, so the suds can only be found at the source. This guarantees freshness and flavor you won’t find in beers that have been trucked around, unintentionally warmed and cooled, or handled with questionable care. Bring your growler and get ready to fill up, ‘cause you aren’t finding their beers anywhere else. They also have just launched its own orchard and farm fermentor, allowing them to craft some unique beers with ingredients sourced entirely by Tree House.
Honorable Mention: Brick and Feather Brewery in Turner Falls
Michigan: Brewery Vivant
Recommended by Trevor K.
Looking for a place with Belgian monastery vibes to enjoy your next beer? Us too. Luckily, Brewery Vivant—known for its European-style farmhouse beers—is housed in a former funeral home chapel with high ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and stained-glass windows. And the recycled building isn’t the only environmentally friendly piece of the company—Brewery Vivant has dedicated itself to sustainability throughout its operations. It‘s a Certified B Corporation and earned the first-ever Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for a production brewery in the United States. You can even find the full Carbon Footprint Report for Vivant’s flagship brew, Farm Hand, on their site.
Honorable mentions: Witch’s Hat Brewing Company in South Lyon and Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette
Minnesota: Junkyard Brewing Company
“Junkyard. You might as well pack your bags and come to Minnesota.” — Matthew K.
Whoever concocted the phrase “Good things come in small packages” was right on the money–just look at Junkyard Brewing Company. The Moorhead, Minnesota-based nanobrewery—meaning, yeah, they’re whipping up experimental batches even smaller and, therefore, more frequently than your average microbrewery—opened a new taproom in 2018. Now there’s double the bar space to down its wide-ranging selection of brews. We could tell you what’s currently on the menu, such as the blueberry peach sour or a toasty, fudgy, caramelly imperial stout, but who knows how long they’ll be around.
Honorable Mentions: Barrel Theory Beer Company in St. Paul, Bent Paddle Brewing Company in Duluth, and Lupulin Brewing Company in Big Lake
Mississippi: Lazy Magnolia Brewery
Recommended by Ryan L.
The brewery for your lazy Southern afternoons. As the oldest packaging brewery in Mississippi, Lazy Magnolia Brewery has brewing down to a science. It features the Welcome to the Porch series of low-alcohol content, high-in-flavor blends, such as the Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale and Sweet Potato Stout. The Jeez Louise IPA and Orange Sangria are among the beers in the Back Porch series, with amped-up flavor and booze level for those spirited evenings out back with your best buds. Southern hospitality is on point in the Lazy Magnolia taproom, where you can snack on loaded fries and other comfort foods, or sign up to be a Porch Pal, earning yourself prime access to special offers, including members-only brews.
Honorable mention: Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg
Missouri: Side Project Brewing
Recommended by Morgan P.
Believe it or not, the Show-me State has a long history in wine production (looking at you, Hermann). So when you find a craft brewer with early beginnings in winemaking, it’s the perfect storm. Based in Maplewood, at the corner of vintage and industrial, Side Project Brewing specializes in oak-aged beers with bold, vibrant flavors and a smooth finish. Ring in the new releases: Black & Wild Blend #3 has been barrel-aged over the past four years and double-fermented with cherries, while the Saison du Fermier Blend #5 was French oak barrel—fermented and has notes of vanilla meringue and almonds for a Chardonnay feel.
Honorable Mentions: 4 Hands Brewing Company in St. Louis and Kansas City Bier Company in Kansas City
Montana: Draught Works
Recommended by Kalina W.
Being voted best brew and brewery of Missoula is no small feat in a city with so many options, and Draught Works did just that in 2019. A hub for weekly music, events, Sunday brunch, and of course tasty beers, Draught House is a gathering place that must be visited when in town. If you can, plan for a visit on the first Friday of the month for an exclusive artist showcase, where you’ll find local art from Missoula and beyond. With just about every type of beer represented on tap, we’re sure you’ll have no trouble finding something to keep you satisfied. We must say, in addition to fantastic beers, they have some damn good lookin’ can design, so snag some to go on your way out and hit the mountains or the river with some beer in your pack.
Honorable mention: Beehive Basin Brewery in Big Sky
Nebraska: Zipline Brewing Company
Lincoln & Omaha
“Recommended by Jamie M.
Zipline Brewing Company specialized in artisan ales and lagers. From their year-round selection, the Post-hype Pale Ale is citrusy and hop-forward while the Oatmeal Porter offers dark chocolate and coffee notes. And there’s always something new from their rotating seasonal and collaboration brews (like the refreshing Mimosa White). Zipline has both a beer hall and brewery taproom in Lincoln as well as an Omaha taproom across the street from the TD Ameritrade Park, ideal for tossing a few back after a Creighton Bluejays game.
Honorable mention: Lucky Bucket Brewery in La Vista
Nevada: Revision Brewing Company
Recommended by Ben D.
It all started with a homebrewing kit and a Reno, Nevada garage full of promise. Jeremy Warren began his humble journey a decade ago before opening Revision Brewing Company in 2017. Fairly new on the craft-brew scene, Revision is coming in hot with its hop-forward selections after snagging medals for its IPA and DIPA in the 2018 World Beer Cup, becoming one of only five breweries to medal in both the American-style IPA and imperial IPA categories. Revision is shooting to quadruple in the next four years.
Honorable mention: Bad Beat Brewing in Henderson
New Hampshire: Able Ebenezer Brewing Company
Recommended by Heather P.
Named after the heroic New Hampshirites who stood behind Ebenezer Mudgett against their Brittish oppressors in the 1772 Pine Tree Riot, Able Ebenezer Brewing Company was founded by three US veterans in 2013. Their Merrimack taproom offers outdoor seating, a variety of food trucks, and a trivia night every Tuesday. And whether you’re playing cornhole, noshing on tacos, or trying to recall the year WWII ended, we recommend the Victory Nor Defeat, a citrusy American Imperial IPA.
Honorable mention: Deciduous Beer in Newmarket
New Jersey: Carton Brewing
Recommended by Dave M.
In our opinion, some of the best businesses and brews come from a family connection. Cousins Chris and Augie Carton wanted in on the craft beer craze, so they scoured the seashore community where they were born and raised to find a turn-of-the-century brick warehouse and modified it to accommodate a state-of-the-art brew system. Carton Brewing now has a foot firmly planted in the New Jersey brewery scene, and it shows. You can check them out at their taproom in Atlantic Highlands or at events all over northern New Jersey, from restaurant Tap Takeovers to the frothy reward for your local 5k.
Honorable mention: Kane Brewing Company in Ocean Township
New Mexico: La Cumbre Brewing Company
Recommended by Ean Michael T.
Spanish for “the top,” La Cumbre lives up to its namesake with the Elevated IPA, which won gold at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival in the American-Style Indian Pale Ale category. With two taprooms in Albuquerque, La Cumbre serves its brews alongside local food trucks, games like pool and foosball, and live music on Saturdays.
Honorable mention: Santa Fe Brewing Company in Santa Fe (For more New Mexico brews, check out Trails and Ales: Santa Fe.)
New York: Industrial Arts Brewing Company
“Industrial Arts Brewing Company is the dopeness.” — David G.
North of New York City in the lower Hudson Valley, you’ll find Industrial Arts Brewing Co in Garnerville. Housed in a beautiful brick building with a smokestack that can be seen for miles around, they’re pretty hard to miss. As with many of the breweries you’ve recommended, Industrial Arts have a fierce connection to their home and have just released the Landscape Series, a run of beers made entirely from ingredients sourced in New York State. Bring some grub and stop in for a pint from the source or grab some beers to go on your way Upstate. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with the locale or the flavors therein.
Honorable mentions: Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, SingleCut Beersmiths in Queens, and the famous Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn
North Carolina: Burial Beer Company
Recommended by Trent H.
As the US city that’s second to only Portland, Maine, for the most breweries per capita, competition is hot in Asheville. But through the noise, one particular spot stands out: Burial Beer Company. With its morbidly named, experimental brews, artistically driven packaging, and busy, vibrant taproom, it’s no wonder both New York Magazine and Thrillist recommend Burial as a can’t-miss spot in this beer-saturated town.
Honorable Mention: Wilmington Brewing Company in Wilmington
North Dakota: Drekker Brewing Company
“I found Drekker Brewing in Fargo on a cross country trek last summer—a standout beer in any market.” — Karl M.
Playing off of the area’s heavily Scandinavian population, Drekker Brewing Company is Viking-themed and named after the Old Norse word drekka, or “to drink.” Housed in a renovated railroad shop built in 1883 (six years before North Dakota became a state), Drekker’s taproom is the only place you can sample the brewery’s rotating seasonal and experimental creations—just feet away from where they are brewed. As for your munchies, Drekker’s got food trucks on-site in the summer. And to work it off, come back for monthly Viking yoga. Skål!
Honorable mention: Laughing Sun Brewing Company in Bismarck
Ohio: Brink Brewing Company
“Brink Brewing Company in College Hill Ohio. They won the best brewery medal for breweries that brew under 1,000 barrels per year. Can’t go wrong with any of their selections.” — Mark S.
In a state with nearly 300 craft breweries, all eyes are on Brink Brewing Company. After bringing home the hardware at last year’s Great American Beer Festival (named Very Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year and earned gold for the Moozie and silver medals Hold the Reins), Brink shows no sign of slowing down. It was also recently ranked fourth in USA Today’s Best New Breweries in America.
Honorable Mention: Hoof Hearted Brewing in Marengo (For more Ohio brews, check out Trails and Ales: Columbus.)
Oklahoma: COOP Ale Works
Recommended by Thomas L.
COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City is a stalwart presence in the area. Between events and a solid lineup of nine year-round beers and rotating seasonal beers, there is always something that can be found to get you your fix. Check out the Tap Room’s events page for Beer Yoga (namaste) and live music on Thursdays. You will also find COOP tailgating before OKC Energy FC games or at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers. For you armchair psychologists out there, check out COOP’s Id collection. With a not-so-subtle nod to Freud, the Id collection is a series designed to cater to the brewers’ every whim and allow them to make the beers they want to make.
Honorable Mentions: Stonecloud Brewing Company in Oklahoma City and Heirloom Rustic Ales in Tulsa
Oregon: Great Notion Brewing
Recommended by Tigg O.
There’s a reason people line up for hours to get their hands on Great Notion Brewing’s canned perfection at the weekly Saturday can releases. Owners James Dugan, Andy Miller, and Paul Reiter had no steady rise on the Portland craft brewing scene—quite the opposite. After catapulting into the arena, GNB set up an arsenal of fruit-forward IPAs and sours—many of which are blended with Oregon fruits like pinot noir grapes and strawberries—and bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts rocking signature flavors of chocolate and vanilla beans. These guys have a Blueberry Muffin sour that tastes like the real deal and a Double Stack stout fermented and aged with maple syrup and coffee beans—breakfast is served. Great Notion is the full package, now with two Portland taprooms, each with their own GNB-roasted coffee shop and restaurant serving up Pacific Northwest staples, such as blackened salmon and clam chowder.
Honorable mention: Boneyard Beer Pub in Bend (For more Oregon brew, check out Trails and Ales: Portland.)
Pennsylvania: Grist House
“Grist House—awesome atmosphere and mouthwatering beers!” — Brad D.
Just north of Downtown Pittsburgh, Grist House has been a beloved a family-owned and operated Pennsylvania brewery since it opened in 2014, and it’s growing fast. Early this year, Grist House announced it would be opening a second location in a 55,000-square-foot former missile command center 15 miles southeast of their Millvale location. Now, nobody will have to cross the Ohio River to enjoy one of their hoppy IPAs or imperial stouts.
Honorable mentions: Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon and Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie
Rhode Island: Tilted Barn Brewery
Recommended by Johnny U.
Here, a long-standing love for tending hops meets a newfound appreciation for craft beer making. Consider yourself the beneficiary. The Tilted Barn Brewery is set on a family-owned farm upward of 50 years old. In more recent history, however, owners Matt and Kara Richardson turned the operation into a full-blown tourable hop farm putting out hand-crafted batches of punchy IPAs, flavorful blondes, and experimental APAs. The establishment became the first farm brewery in Rhode Island, but the best part? Select beers are named after the Richardson’s lovable farm labrador retrievers, Summit and Tupelo.
Honorable mention: Revival Brewing Company in Cranston
South Carolina: Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company
“Casting my vote for EO Brewing.” — Austin H.
First a beer and wine shop, then a chef-driven restaurant, and finally a beloved craft brewery, Edmund’s Oast’s trifecta approaches the drinking experience from every angle. At the brewery’s taproom, 26 taps flow with a wide variety of consistently high-quality brews. Some of our favorites? The Bound by Time American IPA, the Peanut Butter & Jelly American Brown Ale, and Viridi Rex American Imperial IPA. And because of the company’s culinary roots, Edmund’s Oast Brewery has an especially impressive charcuterie offering to enjoy with your brews.
Honorable mention: Yee-Haw Brewing Company in Greenville
South Dakota: Fernson Brewing Company
“You’d be slacking if you missed out on Fernson Brewing Company out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. They make great beers and they’re community builders, too.” — Michael O.
Only the second brewery in the state to can their beer, Fernson Brewing Company distributes across South Dakota and in parts of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska. That being said, it’s definitely worth a trip to the colorful taproom in downtown Sioux Falls (where you can order snacks like chicken wings, pork belly tacos, or Italian donut holes) and a tour of the brewery (where you can bring your own food and you dog).
Honorable mention: Crow Peak Brewing in Spearfish
Tennessee: Bearded Iris Brewing
Recommended by Cooper T.
Though Bearded Iris Brewing’s menu focuses heavily on IPAs, DIPAs, and pales, there’s still a ton of variety to be found. That’s because the brewers at Bearded Iris have mastered the art of exploring the multitude of possibilities within their favorite styles. Looking for something hazy and dreamy? That’s the Acid Test. Feeling velvety and regal? Try the Royal Family. Snappy and fresh? Back Talk. And all three of those beers are pales—see what we mean? At Bearded Iris, you’re sure to find a brew for every mood.
Honorable mention: Southern Grist Brewing in Nashville
“All of Shiner’s beers are incredible, but the Bock is their most notorious beer.” — Ryan S.
Alright, alright, alright. Since 1909, Shiner has been flowing from the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas. An icon in the Lone Star State, Shiner is known for its notoriously drinkable Shiner Bock. Find any Texas resident, and they’ll know what you’re talkin’ about. A quick drive from San Antonio, Houston, or Austin, Shiner is a must-see for the beer enthusiast looking for a slice of Texas history and a one-of-a-kind brewery tour. Whether you’re floating the Guadalupe or out for some brisket in Fort Worth, Shiner is always a quality companion.
Honorable mention: Austin Beerwerks in Austin (For more Texas brews, check out Trails and Ales: Austin.)
Utah: Uinta Brewing
Salt Lake City
Recommended by Nik S.
Though visitors are often confused by the Beehive State’s unique alcohol laws, you’d be sorely missing out if you assumed there’s no booze allowed. Uinta Brewing was founded in 1993 and named after the Utah mountain range that’s most often mispronounced by tourists and locals alike ( you - in - tah ). The brewery also pays homage to the state’s incredible landscapes with their beers by naming them after the state fish (the Cutthroat Pale Ale) or featuring national parks like Arches on their cans. More than that, Uinta Brewing is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty that surrounds it. In 2001, Uinta became the first company in Utah to convert to 100% wind energy—even the boombox. And in 2011, solar panels were installed, so the brewery now runs on a sustainable combo of wind and sun.
Honorable mention: Proper Brewing Company in Salt Lake City
Vermont: The Alchemist
Recommended by Matt S.
At The Alchemist, IPAs are king. Don’t believe us? Check the American Homebrewers Association, which named the family-run, Vermont-based brewery one of the best in America for 2019 with a special nod to its flagship American Double IPA Heady Topper. The Topper is a surefire hit, but don’t discount its other triumphant pints on rotation, such as the American Imperial Stout Beelzebub and the Petit Mutant, an American sour ale with cherries. For a town of only a couple thousand, the taps at this Stowe tasting room flow pretty damn generously. (Looking to stick around in Stowe? Consider this 150-year-old farmhouse.)
Honorable mention: Burlington Beer Company in Williston
Virginia: The Veil Brewing Company
Recommended by Zachary N.
Head Brewer Matt Tarpey started as a homebrewer before gaining professional experience at breweries like The Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire, The Alchemist in Vermont, and Hill Farmstead in Vermont (as well as an apprenticeship with Jean Van Roy at Cantillon in Brussels) before finally opening the doors at The Veil Brewing Company with Dustin Durrance and Dave Michelow in 2016. And the extensive studies were well worth it—The Veil serves up frothy excellence in a wide range of styles, from hop-forward beers to barrel-aged lagers, wild ales, and experimental fermentation. We recommend one of their smoothie-styles sours like the Dub Apre-Guave Tastee.
Honorable mention: Triple Crossing Beer in Richmond
Washington: Farmstrong Brewing Company
“Farmstrong Brewery in Mount Vernon, Washington, make brew delicious beers and are great community partners.” — Brian H.
Keeping the entrepreneurial spirit of the Skagit Valley alive, Farmstrong Brewing Company is a proud resident of Mount Vernon, Washington. Working with Skagit Valley Malting, they make sure that locally farmed grain is the main ingredient in all of their beers. With highly-touted event space, Skagit Valley-based food trucks, and a ton of outdoor seating, Farmstrong is the place to be on a sunny Saturday afternoon. If a midweek brew and some competition is more your style, check out trivia night each Wednesday. (For more Skagit Valley booze, be sure to order a glass of whiskey from our friends at Westland Distillery.)
Honorable mention: Georgetown Brewing Company in Seattle
West Virginia: Big Timber Brewing Company
“Big Timber brewing company. It's a small brewing company in Elkins, West Virginia.” — Travis N.
Nestled in the heart of Appalachia, Big Timber Brewing Company is named after the industry that built the community it serves. The brewery, first opened in 2014, offers six year-round beers, including their beloved coffee-and-chocolate Big Timber Porter. As for the seasonals, we’d recommend getting your hands on a pint (or keg) of their bright, tropical Hatchet Session IPA.
Honorable mention: Stumptown Ales in Davis
Wisconsin: Funk Factory Geuzeria
Recommended by Joel G.
What started as a single experimental barrel in Levi Funk’s basement has turned into what Thrillist is calling one of the hottest breweries in America right now. Funk Factory Geuzeria in Madison, Wisconsin, specializes in lambic beers, a traditional Belgian style that’s fermented through exposure to wild yeasts (often with fruit) for a somewhat sour, lightly carbonated, and—you guessed it—funky brew.
Honorable mentions: Working Draft Beer Company in Madison and Rock County Brewing Company in Janesville
Wyoming: Snake River Brewing
“From my trip to WY a few years ago I’d say Snake River.” — Rich W.
Situated in a cinder block building in the heart of the rugged Teton Mountains, Snake River Brewing was born in 1994 when Anheuser Busch Distributor Albert Upsher decided to leave the saturated Oregon market for his favorite ski town: Jackson, Wyoming. Snake River’s unpretentious, clean, quality brews earned it the title of “small brewery of the year” at the Great American Beer Festival in 2000 and 2001. In 2008, a local family took over the brewpub, and it’s continued to thrive. Come for the mountains. Stay for the brews (and the arcade games).
Honorable Mention: Black Tooth Brewery in Sheridan
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