Breweries beer for many Americans is personal. You’ve got your go-to drink, your standard bar, and maybe even your favorite bartender. Why patronize the swanky place downtown when Harry’s, your good old standby, beckons just two blocks from home?
So don’t worry: we know how you feel. But a top 10 list had to be done. We pulled our lazy selves off our local bar stools, grabbed our beer bellies, and set out to rank the top 10 breweries in America. For these rare establishments, a night (or weekend) away from your favorite brew is plenty worth it. We promise.
10. Papago Brewing Company – Scottsdale, Arizona
Papago does everything: restaurant, pub…even a “homebrew supply store.” You’ll never need to shop, eat or drink anywhere else.
9. Port Brewing Co / The Lost Abbey – San Marcos, California
The Lost Abbey does branding well—every room and bottle recalls the old-fashioned brewing of 17th-century monasteries—but the beer is even better.
8. Russian River Brewing Co – Santa Rosa, California
Russian River uses local hops grown just down the road. Try Pliny the Younger and Pliny the Elder, their most famous, beloved brews.
7. Beachwood BBQ & Brewing – Long Beach, California
With tasty food (gotta love that pork), a beachy vibe, and fun ambiance, you’d probably be okay choking down a Coors Light at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing. But they also serve some of the best beers in America. Bottoms up.
6. Cascade Brewing Barrel House – Portland, Oregon
Cascade Brewing Barrel House prides themselves on experimentation and imagination. Try one of their sour brews.
5. Stone Brewing Co – Escondido, California
You’ve probably seen their beers in grocery stores, but you haven’t had the full Stone experience until you’ve visited the brewery. Grab a beer, then take the 45-minute tour of the faculties. Then drink another.
4. Cigar City Brewing Co -Tampa, Florida
Some breweries are cozy, but with a 6,600 square foot warehouse, the Cigar City Brewing Co is cavernous. And tasty.
2. Hair of the Dog Brewing Co – Portland, Oregon
Hair of the Dog specializes in high-ABV brews with rare flavors and unique tastes. Make sure to try several 3-ounce samplers.
1. Hopcat – Grand Rapids, Michigan
With a gigantic selection of beers, live bands and theme parties, Hopcat earns its title as the #1 brewery in America.