Our Favorite Breweries in Every State (Where Traveler)
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Our Favorite Breweries in Every State (Where Traveler)

Our Favorite Breweries in Every State

By Jamie Lowe on Friday, August 18, 2017 | Where Traveler

Afternoons whiled away at the brewery are a time to make memories with family and friends while putting back good drinks.

With the help of Where’s local editors we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite breweries in every state. Because states like California and Colorado had stiff competition among hundreds of breweries we’ve taken the liberty of naming a favorite brewery for about every 100 breweries in the state. Because in the end, more delicious beers is usually a good thing.


Old Black Bear Brewing Co.: The live music, taproom and pooch-friendly outdoor patio are the icing on the cake at this brewery in downtown Madison, Alabama.


Anchorage Brewing Company: This brewery is one of the top 100 in 2016 according to RateBeer. It delivers tasty brews from towering wooden casks, served up on draught and by the bottle.


Pedal Haus Brewery— Brews ranging from IPAs to fruity saisons are on the board at this large, bike-themed brewery that offers shared plates and space large enough for parties.



Bike Rack Brew Co.: Stop at this brewery near any of the Bentonville bike paths for a quick sip.


Anchor Brewing: The beer garden at this local favorite is a dog-friendly gathering spot that offers food and brews. Take a peek at the three-floor copper brewhouse during a public tour and tasting.

Ballast Point: Stop in at any of the four Ballast Point San Diego locations for brews on site and growler refills. The Long Beach location has nice views of the marina right outside the brewery.

Lagunitas: Catch live music during tasting tours at this Petaluma, California, brewery.

21st Amendment: This SOMA district brewery is a San Francisco darling that offers up to 10 beers every day of the week and weekend brunch until 2 pm.

Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.: This organic craft brewery offers almost a dozen sips ranging from IPAs to creamy coffee beers and Kolsch and ales. Pair these session beers with empanadas or other tapas at the brewery’s restaurant.

Cellarmaker Brewing Company: Everything from double IPA to sour saisons are on tap in this laid-back atmosphere.


Black Shirt Brewing Co.: This RiNo brewery is one of Denver more hipster hideouts with a specialty for red ales; there’s also a beer garden, food and live music.

BRU Handbilt Ales & Eats: Ian Clark decided good ale called for good food and opened this Boulder gastro brewery with 14 rotating ales.

Call to Arms Brewing Company: Call to Arms is a Denver darling with live music and a wide range of beer.

Great Divide Brewery: This is a staple of the brewery community in downtown Denver, with regular food trucks visits.


New England Brewing Co.: Nestled in Woodbridge, Connecticut, New England Brewing is a taproom with 30 beers and more than a dozen available for daily tastings.


Dogfish Head: Milton, Delaware, brewery Dogfish Head has been around since 1995 and offers craft brews at its restaurant made in copper stills at the Dogfish Head distillery.


Blue Jacket: This chic brewery and restaurant produces several thousand gallons of dozens of beer varieties and four cask ale varieties.

DC Brau Brewing Company: Growler refills, tours and tastings are all in a day’s work at Brau.


Cigar City Brewing: According to Where Miami editor Victoria Cervantes, this Tampa brewery is one of the best in the state. The regularly released session beers include lagers, two IPAs and three ales.

Funky Buddha Brewing: In South Florida, Funky Buddha Brewing is a crowd favorite. Summery sips and hoppy IPAs are some of the most recognizable beers from the brand. The annual January release of the “Maple Bacon Coffee Porter” has a cult following.


Creature Comforts Brewing Co.: Pups are welcome at Creature Comforts in Athens. The cozy space lends well to long afternoons of drinking and people watching.


Maui Brewing Co.: Maui Brewing Co. is an island favorite. Sip cool beers over pub food after a brewery tour.

Aloha Beer Company: As a locally owned and operated brewery on Oahu Aloha Beer Company gets a lot of visitors and love. Brews are inventive and run the gamut from blonde ales to bitters with toffee notes.


Grand Teton Brewing Company: Glass-bottled soda and beer are available and pair well with the weekly roundup of food trucks.


Goose Island Brewery: Founded in Chicago in the 1980s, Goose Island is one of the most recognizable beers out of the Midwest. The Clybourn Brewpub is a brewery with a sports bar feel, perfect for sampling the pils, ales and IPAs the brand is known for.

Andersonville Brewing: Locals love this nano-brewery for its comfortable vibes, food and live entertainment.


3 Floyds Brewing Co.: Munster, Indiana, is home to one of the top five breweries in the world, as rated by users of RateBeer. Try the exclusive beers made only for the 3 Floyds brewpub.


Toppling Goliath Brewing Co.: Decorah residents sample beers like the “Smooth Operator” and “Pompeii” at this local taproom.


Blue Sky Brewery and Eats: Nosh on a wood-fired pizza with session beers at this local hangout.


Braxton Brewing Company: Get a fix for house-roasted coffee and a rotating beer list at this Covington brewery.


Great Raft Brewing: Spend afternoons and weekends sampling craft beers at this local brewery in Shreveport. Notable sips include dry-hopped pilsner and Schwarzbier among others.

Urban South Brewery: Food trucks and hungry travelers make their way to Urban South Breweryregularly in NOLA.


Allagash Brewing Company: Portland residents enjoy year-round brews like the “Hoppy Table” beer and “Sixteen Counties” beer alongside seasonal, limited releases at this local brewery.


Stillwater Artisanal: Baltimore beer nerds head to Stillwater Artisanal for a fix on local beers at the bar and restaurants. Step next door to the bottle shop to buy goodies to take home.


Boston Beer Co.: It’s impossible to talk Massachusetts beer and not bring up Boston Beer Co., with its famous Sam Adams brews. Rebel IPA is a the word for hop heads, the Boston Lager is a classic and the seasonal Octoberfest is exceptional.

Harpoon Brewery: According to Jeffrey Lawrence, Where Boston publisher and beer enthusiast, Harpoon’s “the flagship IPA is a must … and the UFO brands are outstanding.” Stay for a tour and a leisurely afternoon in the “Keg Yard.”


Bells Brewery: Stop by Galesburg for a tour of the brewery and taste at the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Stouts, lagers and porters are all on the menu.


Surly Brewing Co.: Surly offers tours and up to 24 beers on tap at its location in Minneapolis.

Town Hall Brewery: Oatmeal stout, Scotch ale and porters are on the rotating, regular tap list at this brewery and restaurant.


Chandeleur Island Brewing Company: As the best of all nine breweries in Mississippi Chandeleur offers a cozy tasting room and beer flavors like its coconut porter.


Boulevard Brewing Company: Tours and tastings are offered at this Kansas City brewery and restaurant.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery & Biergarten: Walk through the museum detailing this beer giant’s history before or after a tour and drink in the beer garden.


Kettlehouse Brewing Company: Missoula is the place to be for hop heads looking for KettlehouseDouble Haul IPA. There’s also a hemp pale ale, amber and other varieties to sample.


Nebraska Brewing Company: Tuck into American fare offered at this brewpub paired with IPA, pils and other handcrafted beer.


Banger Brewing: Stop in for a tour and taste at this Downtown Las Vegas brewery.

Joseph James: This brew gets specific honorable mention from Susan Stapleton, Where Las Vegas editor. Although there’s no taproom at the brewery her favorite is the “Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout.”

New Hampshire

Smuttynose Brewing Company: This brewery and restaurant is based on a ninth-generation farm in Hampton, New Hampshire. The limited release “SmuttLab” beers are curious flavor combinations created in extra small batches.

New Jersey

Harvest Moon Brewery & Cafe: The pub food goes hand in hand with the craft beer at this local New Brunswick hangout.

New Mexico

La Cumbre Brewing Company: Live music weekends, food trucks every day and brews keep this Albuquerque brewery funky and fresh.

New York

Brooklyn Brewery: Stop in for a tour and a beer tasting at this mega-brewery, a global brand based in New York.

Barrier Brewing Co.: Daniel Fridman, contributing editor at Where New York and In New York, gives high marks to this beach-side brewery.

Alphabet City Brewing Co.: This lively brewery is a location operation with good brews.

North Carolina

Brewery Bhavana: As part book store, taproom and chic restaurant Brewery Bhavana offers Raleigh visitors good books alongside dim sum and beer pairings.

Southern Peak: Priding itself as a neighborhood hangout, Southern Peak has live music, food trucks and ample patio space.

North Dakota

Laughing Sun Brewing Co.: This Bismarck brewery is a local favorite for its quirky brews and taproom atmosphere.


Great Lakes Brew Co.: Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood is home to this two-story brewery. Sit inside or outside on the patio with a glass of amber ale, porter or IPA to name a few.

Fat Head’s Brewery & Saloon: Stop in North Olmsted for pizza or wings alongside Fat Head beers like the German-style smoked Bach or the “Jack Straw Pilsner.”


Prairie Artisan Ales: This upscale brewpub in Tulsa offers a contemporary spin on classic comfort dishes alongside Prairie’s flavorful beers.


De Garde Brewing: Tillamook, Oregon, is home to this spontaneous fermentation brewery. The result is interesting flavor combinations but the flagship brew, the Berliner weiss, is worth a try or two.

Upright Brewing: Tucked into the basement of the Leftbank Buildig in Portland, Upright Brewing has a taproom with nine taps and live music on Sundays.

Cascade Brewing Barrel House: More than a dozen beers are on tap at a time at this Portland brewery and restaurant.


Tired Hands Brewing Company: Tired Hands’ “Fermentaria”—called the “Ferm“—is built in an old trolley repair shop and offers up to nine beers on tap.

Victory Brewing Company: Visit the Downingtown brewpub for a tour and dinner.

Rhode Island

Coddington Brewing Company: Step into a sports bar atmosphere at Coddington’s tasting room: TVs, billards, growler refills.

South Carolina

Westbrook Brewing: Take a tour to see beer cans stacked nearly to the ceiling and witness the brew process. Stay after for one of the 10 tap beers or a canned beverage.

South Dakota

WoodGrain Brewing Co.: The Sioux Falls taproom offers a dozen seasonal and year-round brews in a rustic atmosphere.


Yazhoo Brewing: Take one of the twice-weekly tours to learn about the brew process and sample beer. The taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday.


Shiner: Take a tour—offered several times a day—through the “Spoetzl Brewery,” named after the creator of Shiner.

Saint Arnold: As a locals pub in Houston, Saint Arnold serves up pub food, brews and a community gathering space with themed events almost every night of the week.


Moab Brewery: Tuck into Moab for a spot of beer, root beer, gelato or dinner. The one-stop shop offers a range of ales and IPAs.


Hill Farmstead Brewery: Pick up a farm ale or two at Hill Farmstead Brewery.  The cozy taproom is in the same space as the brewery so, while there aren’t tours, visitors can still see where the brews are produced.


Blue Mountain Brewery: Live music, pub food and the brews keep this spot lively.

Legend Brewing Co.: The beer garden and deck at Legend are great for people watching, munching on pub food and sampling beers.


Elysian: The Capitol Hill Public House location is one of the best: a beer hall that seats more than 200 people with restaurant fare to match the ambience.

Holy Mountain: As a modern venue tucked into a warehouse Holy Mountain is a small brewing company with a big reputation for light, crisp beers.

West Virginia

Blackwater Brewing Co.: At the entrance of Black Water Falls State Park, this brewery delivers history-inspired beers and bites at its brewhouse.


New Glarus Brewing Company: Grab a hard hat for a reservations-only guided tour of the eponymous brewery or take a leisurely self-guided tour to understand the brew process.

Tyranena Brewing: Step into the beer garden or Tyranena tasting room any day of the week to people watch and chat with locals and visitors.


Snake River Brewing: The brewpub offers organic eats paired. Tours are offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.