We reach out to our writers, subscribers, and followers to help us build our annual feature on brewery openings. This year, we’ve also included a number of Canadian breweries. Here are 50 of the most promising newcomers, as chosen by you.
Breweries around the globe are bucking the hazy, hoppy trend by devoting at least some of their energies to Gruit, a medieval ale made with a variety of botanicals. Although small, the worldwide movement to bring more attention to it has gained steam, and is recognized with International Gruit Day.
After sweeping changes came to Alberta’s brewing regulations in 2013, smaller breweries were soon on the rise, and today there are over 45 throughout the province, with Calgary at the center of the action.
Restaurateur plans to open Rwanda’s first local brewery; first US brewery medals in German-style Pilsner at European awards; changes in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania benefit beer drinkers; and Night Shift Brewery launches own wholesaler.
The five-employee, family-run Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company began making beer in 2006. Since then, the company has grown to approximately 160 employees—about 40 percent of whom have a friend or family connection.
Glutenberg, based in Montreal, Québec has a simple, yet formidable, mission: to make beer that’s not only good gluten-free beer, but good beer, period. This ambitious attitude drives the young brewery to experiment with new techniques and embrace and highlight gluten-free grains.
More celebrities collaborating with craft brewers; Coors causes controversy at Puerto Rican celebration; malfunctioning beer fridge responsible for Australian cellular network blackout; TTB opens door for beer, wine, spirits to add nutrition labels; and BrewDogs set to air Scottish founders’ hijinx on US TV this fall.
Nearly 20 percent of Canadians live in the “Golden Horseshoe,” a region that wraps around the southern tip of Lake Ontario. In the last decade, drinkers here have slowly been undergoing a craft beer conversion thanks to the appearance of new breweries, beer bars, festivals and even Canada’s first brewing school.
The jump from employee to owner-brewer is an expensive one. But for Jason Meyer, co-founder of Driftwood Brewing Company in Victoria, British Columbia, the really hairy stuff came in the months after his brewhouse got cranking.
Adverse growing conditions impact the Canadian barley crop; archaeological site provides oldest evidence of brewing in France; non-alcoholic Weissbier’s health benefits; New Century Brewing closes; and Charles Koch Jr. passes away at 88.
Switching from the once-ubiquitous brown bottles to cans may have been novel nine years ago, but today, it’s just one way craft brewers are reexamining their relationship with the container industry in hopes of shaving costs and putting better beer on the shelves.
It’s big and dense and modern, the people are welcoming, the food is fresh and tasty, and should you be inclined to venture outside—some pretty staggering natural sights are right outside the city limits. And here’s where to drink while you’re taking it all in.