Best Breweries

Maui Brewing - Maui, Hawaii
At our Kahana location, we handcraft our beer in small 7 barrel batches. Our Brewmaster equates food taste and creativity of accomplished chefs with those of being a brewmaster. "A brewer or chef must balance the science, mechanics, and most importantly, the flavor, to achieve the goal of creating fine food or beer." These inspirations of both Chef and Brewmaster are evident at Maui Brewing Co. We have recently expanded our production facility with a second location in Lahainatown where we have installed a 25-barrel STI Brewhouse and Cask Brewing Systems automatic canning line.

With more than 50 medals at various Regional, National, and International competitions in just the last two years, Maui Brewing Co. handcrafted local Hawaiian beers are officially among the best in the world. Our products are exclusively and locally produced on the island of Maui. We are, and will always be, "Made in Hawaii". Our packaged product is NOT brewed in the mainland and shipped to Hawaii by boat. We are a "Fiercely Local" company.
   2. Sprecher Brewing – Glendale, Wisconsin
Sprecher Brewing Company was founded in 1985 by Randel Sprecher, formerly a brewing supervisor at Pabst Brewing Company. From 1985 to 1994, the brewery was located at 730 W. Oregon Street in Milwaukee's Walker's Point area. Through the first ten years the company grew steadily as more and more people found out about Sprecher's high quality beers and sodas. In 1994, Sprecher purchased its current building, located at 701 W. Glendale Ave., a former elevator car factory. The new, larger brewery will allow the company to continue growing, and allow more people to enjoy all of Sprecher's fine products which include: Abbey Triple, Black Bavarian, Hefe Weiss, Pub Ale, Special Amber.
3. Deschutes Brewing – Bend, Oregon
Gary Fish established the Deschutes Brewery & Public House as small brew pub in 1988 in downtown Bend, Oregon and named it after the wild & scenic Deschutes River. The brewery expanded in 1993 and now has a brewing facility with two brew houses so it can brew enough beer to distribute beyond Bend. The brewery is one of the top breweries in the Northwest and distributes its beer in thirteen western states. Bend's original brew pub, Deschutes Brewery still brews most of the beer it pours at the pub on the 12-barrel system where it all began.
Its most popular beers include the Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Obsidian Stout, Bachelor ESB, The Abyss, and Cascade Ale. Obsidian Stout is ranked #89 on BeerAdvocate's Top 100 American Beers list. Its beers have won numerous awards at various beer competitions. One of the more notable awards came in 2002 when the Deschutes Brewery won two medals at the Brewing Industry International Awards--a gold for the Mirror Pond Ale and a silver for the Black Butte Porter.
4. Boston Beer Company - Boston, Massachusetts
Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 because he believed that Americans deserved better beer. Today, Boston Beer Company has  a team of about 350 people who share a common passion for bringing great Samuel Adams® beers to beer lovers everywhere.  The Boston Beer Company has been cited as one of the best companies to work for by Boston Magazine, one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs by The Princeton Review, and our beers have won more awards than any beer in history. Jim has been named an "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Inc. Magazine. Products include:  Samuel Adams Lager, Samuel Adams Utopias, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, Sam Adams Boston Ale, Sam Adams Cherry, Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic,Sam Adams Cream Stout, Sam Adams Double Bock, Sam Adams Gold Pils, Sam Adams Honey Porter, Sam Adams Scotch Ale, Sam Adams Triple Bock.


5. Sweetwater Brewing - Atlanta, Georgia
Fredrick Bensch and Kevin McNerney  founded Sweetwater in 1997.This 18,000-barrel microbrewery is located in Atlanta, GA and specializes in producing aggressive West Coast style beers to be enjoyed in the Southeast US. Having had great success, (2002 Small Brewery of the Year at the GABF!) Sweetwater's taste has grown throughout Georgia and beyond by word of mouth. The market of beer lover's has fallen for this Georgia brew, which has begun spreading throughout the city of Atlanta and its neighboring states. Brews include: Sweet Georgia Brown,  Sweetwater Blue, SweetWater Exodus, SweetWater Festive Ale, Sweetwater IPA, Sweetwater 420, and Sweetwater India Pale Ale.
5. South Street Brewery, Charlottesville, Virginia
The South Street Brewery was founded in 1998, and is housed in the renovated H. H. Hankins Hay and Grain warehouse built in the late 1800’s. Old brick walls, hardwood floors and thick timber pillars provide a striking setting for our custom built brewhouse and a spacious, welcoming atmosphere in which to enjoy our fresh, handcrafted ales and lagers as well as our seasonal fare.

Their commitment to on-premises brewing ensures that only the highest quality ingredients are used and that the beer is always fresh. This commitment has earned them regional and international praise but more importantly, results in a wide selection of styles and new, creative recipes that they hope will continually have our customers discovering new favorites.

South Street's menu also reflects our dedication to originality and fresh ingredients. They offer a seasonal menu as well as nightly specials, including an eclectic sampling of Contemporary American, Asian-Pacific, Continental, Creole, Caribbean and regional Southern dishes. 

7. August Schell Brewing, - New Ulm, Minnesota
There’s an old saying “Never trust a brewery under 140 years old." Okay, it’s our old saying, but it’s true, nonetheless. Schell's is the second oldest family-owned brewery in the country. While microbreweries and beer trends have come and gone, we’ve been right here, tirelessly brewing fine lagers and ales for the people who appreciate them. Visit our brewery grounds and you’ll see deer, roaming peacocks, gnomes, not to mention barrel after barrel of the finest beers imaginable. That’s just who we are, as it has been for over a century.  Products include: Firebrick, Pilsner, Pale Ale, Caramel Bock, Zomerfest and Snowstorm.
7. Montana Brewing, Billings, Montana
In 1994, the folks at Montana Brewing combined the concepts of a small brewery, saloon and restraurant to bring its customers a new and unique dining experience. Their diverse and "beer-friendly" menu offers great beer and food combinations for the most discriminating palette. Try pariring their Fat Belly Amber with one of their wood-fired pizzas or their Sandbagger Gold with a burger or their Whitetail Wheat with their Cherry Tart Pizza. Have fun making your own delightful combinations. Montana Brewing Company would like to invite you to sit back, relax, enjoy their food, award winning beer, Montana-Style hospitality and become part of the tradion. Montana Brewing Company...small brewery...BIG BEER!

8. Silverton Brewing, Silverton Colorado
Silverton Brewery opened for business in June of 2005. The brewing system became fully operational in April of 2006. The five-barrel system has been producing fine beers ever since. Construction is currently underway to expand the brew space. Distribution to local restaurants and Liquor stores across the Colorado western Slope, so look for us in your favorite liquor store. Currently, our tap room nestled in the beautiful San Juan Mountains, has 6 brews on draft year around.

8. Capital Brewing, Middleton,Wisconsin
Capital Brewery was founded on March 14, 1984. Located in a former egg processing plant building, Capital Brewery produced its first brew in the spring of 1986.

Much of the brewing equipment currently used in the brewery, including the two copper brewing kettles, came from the Hoxter Brewery in Germany. At the heart of the operation is an excellent refrigeration system that enables the brewery to produce extremely high quality lager beers, prompting many to refer to Capital Brewery as the finest lager brewery in America. This opinion is supported by the fact that Capital Brewery was named the #1 Brewery in America at the 1998 Beverage Testing Institute's World Beer Championships. .

10. Red Brick Brewery - Atlanta, Georgia
Founded in 1993, the award-winning Atlanta Brewing Company (ABC) is the oldest operational craft brewery in the state of Georgia. In late 2005 new ownership and management was welcomed to the brewery: Robert Budd, serving as President, and Dave Weil - Director of Operations, joined longtime ABC Brewmaster Dave McClure. Sales Director Steve McLendon joined the ABC staff in July of 2007.

Red Brick Ale was the first beer brewed by ABC and remains its flagship brand; it is available year round, as are Peachtree Pale Ale and Red Brick Blonde. In 2005, Concentrics Hospitality asked ABC to collaborate with Chef Todd Rushing on a signature beer for their renowned Atlanta restaurants. The result was Numbers Ale, which promptly won a Best of Atlanta award from local weekly paper Creative Loafing. ABC currently offers a traditional, German-style Hefeweizen in the summer months, and a double-chocolate, Oatmeal Porter in the winter.


Beer Magazines and Newspapers

Ale Street News

Beer newspaper featuring news, articles, beer tours and calendar.

All About Beer
Magazine includes information about all beers imaginable, from Amstel Light to Zima.

American Brewer: A Premier Beer, Brewing and Microbrewing Magazine.

A beer publication covering the brewpub and Microbrewing industry.

Beer Across America
Features month's selected microbrew, newsletter and beer store.

Beer Travelers
State-by-state guide to brewpubs, bars and restaurants.

Brew Your Own Magazine Brew Your Own is a how-to homebrew beer magazine for all levels of brewers, from the beginner to the all-grain expert.

BrewingTechniques - BrewingTechniques. The award-winning magazine of craft brewing. Always Online. Please join me in welcoming him as the new "face" of BrewingTechniques.
Celebrator Beer News

US newspaper providing beer features, regional news and beer reviews.

Modern Brewery Age
Professional's source for beer brewing industry.
Comprehensive resource for the beer drinker and home brewer with over 150,000 pages of information about beer.

Stephen Beaumont's World of Beer
Beer reviews and tasting notes from acclaimed beer journalist

Yankee Brew News - The Real Beer Page Yankee Brew News Archive Welcome to the Yankee Brew News archive. Yankee Brew News - a pioneer in providing regional craft breweries.

Beer Forums
Real Beer Forum -
Portal with searchable brewery and pub databases. Also news, festival, and homebrew event calendars.

Beer Advocate
- Beer advocacy community and resource that promotes the beer industry through beer education, appreciation and searchable guides for brewers, beers, news.

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Beer & Brewery Links

Real Beer Page
The Beer Info Source
Association of Brewers 
Michael Jackson - Beer Hunter

Best Brewery Tour in America

This listing of the Top Ten Breweries in the United States was announced on July 4 by the 2010 U.S. Open Beer Championships. So, If you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!