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Karl Spiesman, Co-Founder and Head Brewer, Brick and Barrel Brewing 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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. 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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 9 Steps to Beerdom 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.

Jason Pellett of Orpheus Brewing 9 Steps to Beerdom by

At Orpheus Brewing Jason Pellett acts as an evangelist for beers that push drinkers’ palates, and helps carve out a local market for sour and funky flavors among more casual beer drinkers.

Ben Low of Baxter Brewing Company 9 Steps to Beerdom by

Ben Low chose a career in brewing as an alternative to a life as an academic specializing in classics. That one decision point resonates through Low’s approach to brewing at Baxter Brewing Company, the Lewiston, Maine-based beermaker where he serves as director of brewing operations.

Bailey Spaulding of Jackalope Brewing Company 9 Steps to Beerdom by

A Harvard biological anthropology major turned law school grad, Bailey Spaulding and friend Robyn Virball assembled thousands of pounds of stainless steel equipment into a brewhouse. Jackalope has since become a cornerstone of Nashville’s burgeoning craft beer scene.

Troy Casey of Casey Brewing and Blending 9 Steps to Beerdom by

Troy Casey, the founder and brewer of Casey Brewing and Blending, operates out of a barrel room on the edge of the Colorado Rockies, from which he turns out limited quantities of Brettanomyces-spiked Saison and Belgian-inspired wild ale.

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