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Alexandra Nowell of Three Weavers Brewing Company on Glitter Beer and Growing Pains Going Pro by

Three Weavers Brewing Company co-founder and brewmaster Alexandra Nowell shares the steps that led her from a college classroom to a Los Angeles brewhouse.

Craig Dilger, Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Foulmouthed Brewing Going Pro by

The Dilgers placed the creativity, variety, and limitless experimentation that they loved about homebrewing at the core of their business plan for Foulmouthed, their brewery in South Portland, Maine.

At Vermont’s Hermit Thrush, Brewmaster Christophe Gagné Showcases Local Microflora Going Pro by

Hermit Thrush Brewery in Brattleboro, Vt., Christophe Gagné showcases local microorganisms by nurturing house cultures of wild yeast and bacteria and embracing spontaneous fermentation.

Andrew Witchey: Founder and Brewmaster, Dancing Gnome Brewing Company Going Pro by

Dancing Gnome Brewing Company, the hop-forward brewery and taproom Andrew Witchey opened on the outskirts of Pittsburgh last year, sprang from the desire to help grow craft brewing’s culture in Pennsylvania.

Karl Spiesman, Co-Founder and Head Brewer, Brick and Barrel Brewing Going Pro by

At Brick and Barrel, the Cleveland neighborhood taproom that launched in 2014, Karl Spiesman applies his wine-making background to classically inspired European ales executed with a creative American sensibility.

Morgan Alexander, Founder and Brewmaster, Tacoma Brewing Company Going Pro by

After 5 years of running the brewery like a commercialized homebrew venture and sweating out 10-gallon batches, Tacoma Brewing moved into a new, larger space in May 2017.

Ashleigh Carter, Co-founder and Head Brewer, Bierstadt Lagerhaus Going Pro by

At Bierstadt Lagerhaus in Denver, Ashleigh Carter turns out the traditional German lagers she loves drinking on an Old World copper brewhouse, and asks beer drinkers to come along for the ride.

Robert Turley, Head Brewer, Community Beer Works Going Pro by

As head brewer of the fast-growing Buffalo nanobrewery Community Beer Works, Robert Turley churns out flavorful American ales that reflect the city’s character.

Tim Eichinger, Co-Founder and Brewer, Black Husky Brewing Going Pro by

The Eichingers launched Black Husky out of their rural Wisconsin cabin in 2010, with every beer a nod to a member of their former sled dog teams.

Adler Lentz, Brewer and Co-Founder, Smith & Lentz Brewing Company Going Pro by

From its 5-barrel brewhouse in Nashville, Smith & Lentz churns out a massive variety of highly drinkable ales and lagers designed for its neighborhood taproom setting.

Tyler Jones, Head Brewer, Black Hog Brewing Co. Going Pro by

At Connecticut’s Black Hog Brewing Co., Tyler Jones brews creative twists on classic styles with experimental hops, farm-fresh produce, and adjuncts like ginger, sage, and rosemary.

Taylor Ziebarth, Founder and Brewmaster, Oddwood Ales Going Pro by

As Taylor Ziebarth relaunches Oddwood Ales, originally a side label of the Austin brewery Adelbert’s, as a standalone business with its own brewery and taproom, distinctive microorganisms remain front and center.

Drew Fox of 18th Street Brewery Going Pro by

Three years after opening in Gary, Ind., across the Indiana state line from Chicago, 18th Street Brewery has torched any skeptics with founder Drew Fox’s hard-charging, heavy metal brand of brewing.

Jeff Griffith of Fate Brewing Company Going Pro by

Jeff Griffith, head brewer at Fate Brewing Company in Boulder, Colo., cranks out everything from classic Belgian and German styles to experimental IPAs, tequila barrel-aged sours, and coffee-infused hop bombs.

Ben Green of Southern Prohibition Brewing Going Pro by

At Southern Prohibition in Hattiesburg, Miss., brewmaster Ben Green is helping to build a new beer culture, oriented around bold flavors in everything from hoppy ales to barrel-aged sours.

David Morgan of SingleSpeed Brewing Going Pro by

SingleSpeed Brewing, the Cedar Falls, Iowa, nanobrewery Morgan founded in 2012, is on the brink of a major expansion, as SingleSpeed exits its nano-sized beta version for a state-of-the-art brewhouse opening late this year.

Cameron Read of Edmund’s Oast Going Pro by

As Edmund Oast’s head brewer and beer buyer, Cameron Read scouts out the best beers in the world, while also concocting recipes that can stand alongside them.

Dennis R. Hock of Draai Laag Brewing Company Going Pro by

At Draai Laag’s brewhouse in western Pennsylvania, Dennis R. Hock embraces the wild critters floating through the air to create beers that could only come from Pittsburgh.

Larry Sidor of Crux Fermentation Project Going Pro by

With 40-plus years in the Pacific Northwest beer industry, Larry Sidor struck out on his own, founding the new Bend, Ore., institution Crux Fermentation Project.

Brian Hunt of Moonlight Brewing Company Going Pro by

Since 1992, Brian Hunt’s little Santa Rosa brewery Moonlight Brewing Company has been churning out small batches of ales and lagers that are uniquely rooted in Northern California.

Paul and Abraham Lorrain of Funky Bow Beer Company Going Pro by

When the father-son duo opened up the Funky Bow Beer Company on a southern Maine farm, they turned it into a massive indoor-outdoor living room, replete with pets, bonfires and bluegrass music.

Dustin Jeffers of Saltwater Brewery Going Pro by

Dustin Jeffers has lived South Florida’s brewing evolution. When he arrived as a transplant from the Northeast, his go-to beers were as likely to come from his own kitchen as they were from a local commercial outfit. In late 2013, he helped open Delray Beach’s Saltwater Brewery.

Trevor Williams of Hoof Hearted Brewing Going Pro by

Trevor Williams co-founded Columbus, Ohio’s Hoof Hearted Brewing with a pair of college buddies, Jared and Ryan Bichon, in 2011. They crank out bold, aromatic beer that’s influenced by hops, hair metal and video game culture.

Dave Witham of Proclamation Ale Company Going Pro by

Proclamation Ale Company’s origin story is simple: Dave Witham thought his beers were tasty, and his friends thought they were tasty, so he founded a brewery.