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10 Breweries About to Blow Up In 2013

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  1. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    What do you think of the list?


    I was recently reminded just how far the craft of American beer brewing has come at a dinner to celebrate the launch of Rhizing Bines, a new collaborative beer between Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. Over several expertly paired courses at NYC's The Breslin, Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman reflected on starting a brewery in the late '70s, when there were only 40 breweries in the country.
    That’s 40 total, not just macro or micro or nano but every type of brewer combined. Out of those 40, Sierra Nevada was one of the few breweries experimenting with new styles of hops, resulting in the classic Pale Ale we know today and changing the course of American brewing in the process.
    Flash forward to 2013: there are nearly 3,000 breweries in the country, with over 1,000 more in the works. Among these, many of the newest, smallest breweries are showing that size and production capability isn’t as important as quality, as is the case with 2012 Rate Beer top brewery Hill-Farmstead, which operates on a small farm in Vermont. Also notable in 2012 was the rise of Evil Twin, the brainchild of gypsy brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø — who produced new beers at breweries worldwide faster than we could say Tørst! With this, here are 10 of our favorite breweries to look out for this year.
    1. Pipeworks Brewing Company from Chicago burst onto scene in 2012 with a mind-numbing 38 offerings. The variety alone would be enough to take notice, but their imaginative ingredients, such as amchoor (dried pulverized Indian sour mango) and tangy, lemony sumac in their A Foolish Wit, and fresh raspberries instead of traditional raspberry syrup in their Well-Read Temptress Berliner Weisse have us wondering what they’ll do next.
    2. While Missouri may be the center of the macro universe, Perennial Artisan Ales helps remind us of the state's great history of craft beer, too. Perennial's Abraxas Imperial Stout, made with cocoa nibs, ancho chiles, vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks, might sound like it has too much going on but it's near perfect — reminiscent of Cigar City’s Hunahpu, and dare we say a challenger!
    3. With so many styles in today’s market, limiting a brewery to just one might prove costly. Not so for saison-focused Funkwerks from Colorado, who won Small Brewing Company of the Year at last year's Great American Brewing Festival. They make over 20 variations, but we advise sticking with the traditional saison, where a bit of funk and a bit of citrus balance perfectly.
    4. It’s already been a big year for Ardmore, PA–based Tired Hands Brewing Company, named one of the top five best new brewers in 2012 by Rate Beer. The limited output makes this a worthy destination for their famed beer dinners, but look no further than their beer for innovative food use. Next on tap: Ancient Knovvledge, an Asian-inspired saison brewed with hemp seeds, nori, black and white sesame seeds, tangerine juice, Schezuan peppercorns and long red hot peppers.
    5. Citra hops are the craze of the moment, and look no further than Michigan newcomers Odd Side Ales for one of the best examples of the style. Their outstanding CPA: Citra Pale Ale is draft only as of now, but they’ve just expanded to an off-site production facility and will start bottling this spring. A small brewery that we expect big things from in 2013.
    6. While it’s already a hophead staple for their fantastic Kiwi Rising, Double IPL and Hoponius Union, Jack's Abby Brewing out of Framingham, MA must be recognized for their fantastic take on German beer, too. Their dopplebock, schwarzbier and rauchbier are all worth seeking out. Three new tanks have increased production capacity by 80%, so keep an eye out for more of their fantastic brews.
    7. There are plenty of great new breweries in California, but the most exciting news may be the increase in production of a veteran brewer. Alpine Beer Company was founded in 1999 and contract-brewed by San Diego's AleSmith (another favorite of ours) until 2002. Best-known for their hoppy ales like Hoppy Birthday, Exponential Hoppiness and Bad Boy, a new production facility is set to expand production by 400%. We hope these highly sought-after hopgems will finally see distribution outside SoCal.
    8. Clearly the best thing to happen to Iowa since the Caucus, Toppling Goliath Brewing Company is all about making tasty pale ales and some big stouts, too. In 2013, they're slated to complete a new addition to their brewing facility, which includes a larger brewing system and a filling line to bottle their beers. Be on the lookout for their delicious Citra-hopped PseudoSue American Pale Ale, named for the largest T-Rex fossil ever discovered, and don't worry, its intense grapefruit and mango hop taste won’t bite back.
    9. Florida is probably not the first place you think of when it comes to stouts and porters, but the Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery is about to change your mind. Maple. Bacon. Coffee. Porter. Oh yeah, you know that sounds delicious and really, it’s dangerously good. As the prescription pill–styled bottle says: “Refills Mandatory” and really, we’ll need a restraining jacket to keep ourselves away. The new expansion in 2013 will see the brewery grow from their current 1.5bbl (brewer's barrel) system to 30, which means much, much more beer for all.
    10. 2012 started out as a year to remember for Barrier Brewing Company, with the opening of their new production facility in Oceanside, NY, but it almost ended in disaster when Superstorm Sandy practically wiped them out, causing nearly $100,000 in damage. It took 10 weeks for Barrier to start brewing again, but they fought back with the release of their first-ever bottled beer, Submersion Double IPA — trapped in the tank for a month on dry-hops (ironically) during the recovery
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  2. Davepoolesque

    Davepoolesque Poo-Bah (2,649) Aug 25, 2012 Massachusetts
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    I completely agree with Jack's Abby being on the list. They are putting out some great stuff.
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  3. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    I hate to admit I came into this thread just to make sure it wasn't a terrorist manifesto...
  4. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    We could make another thread titled "10 Breweries you want blown up in 2013"
  5. drabmuh

    drabmuh Initiate (0) Feb 7, 2004 Maryland

    Solid list, definitely the breweries I'm excited about in general.
  6. Gosox8787

    Gosox8787 Meyvn (1,048) Jan 24, 2009 New Hampshire

    Pretty solid list. I'm a bit surprised to see Alpine on there however. They have been around for a while (as the article states) and have always had limited distro. They don't seem like a candidate to really catch fire and grow significantly.
  7. DHS1029

    DHS1029 Aspirant (252) Feb 14, 2013 Illinois
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    I fuckin' love Pipeworks! They have become a new favorite and a reliable go-to beer for any occasion.
  8. Tballz420

    Tballz420 Meyvn (1,187) Mar 4, 2003 Minnesota

    It was reported recently they are going to up their production 5x.

    The only two i've had on the list are Alpine, which I tried Nelson from while visiting a friend in san diego, and Perennial, who sent me a 4 bottle sample pack to review.

    Perennial was outstanding, and I hope they do grow so more people can experience the goodness, and the Nelson was extremely dank as well.

    Wish I could comment on the others but haven't been exposed to them
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  9. dimenhetfield

    dimenhetfield Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2009 Florida
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    Funky Buddha for sure! No doubt there
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  10. Trevdawg

    Trevdawg Initiate (0) Feb 9, 2012 New Hampshire

    I would add in Prairie Ales. But maybe it's too soon to say.
  11. RangnaR

    RangnaR Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 California

    I did like the Alpine/New Belgium LOF collaboration 'Super IPA'. I think that's the only thing I've had from Alpine Beer Company thus far.
  12. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Yes but according to the article... "a new production facility is set to expand production by 400%."
  13. alexipa

    alexipa Devotee (439) Oct 7, 2011 Colorado
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    Funkwerks deserves the mention, they are absolutely solid and nicely priced. This is a great list.

    Other breweries from Colorado that we may see blowing up in 2013: Crooked Stave and Dry Dock.
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  14. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I live about 20 minutes drive from Tired Hands and they are the only brewery I've had any experience with on this list. Nice place and they make some very good beers.
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  15. Ri0

    Ri0 Poo-Bah (2,474) Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I so want their beer on WI shelves.
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  16. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (167) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois
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    I've had many of the Toppling Goliath offerings on tap and have never been disapointed, at one tasting event they refused to accept the tickets and brought many different tasty IPA's, just a great group there.
  17. atomic

    atomic Disciple (328) Sep 22, 2009 Illinois
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    Can't wait to see what 2013 brings for pipeworks. I know there are talks of getting a bottling (or even canning?) line going. Finally a break for their tired hands. Theyve been hand pouring nonstop since march! It would also mean more time to brew. If they were able to pump out 38 different brews in just 9 months while still hand bottling, can you imagine what they can do with a little bit more time on their hands!
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  18. woodsyy

    woodsyy Initiate (0) Feb 11, 2012 Georgia

    Really enjoyed Ninja vs Unicorn and Jones' Dog from Pipeworks...hopefully they will blow up, so we can start getting them down south.
  19. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Initiate (67) Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
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    Totally agree with Toppling Goliath. Everything I've had from them has been great. Assassin, Mornin' Delight and Naughty Temple were all absolutley incredible.
  20. mecummins

    mecummins Initiate (0) Nov 16, 2012 Illinois

    I agree 100% on Pipeworks. They make really solid, yet imaginative, beers. Jone's Dog was simply terrific.
  21. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,233) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Agreed. I know it sounds homerish, but I'd say Dry Dock might actually be a better choice thanks to their massive new production facility and how well known they've become.
    Still, Funkwerks is doing all of the right things and is probably destined for the big time.
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  22. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Zealot (595) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa
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    Toppling Goliath will/should be at the top of this list at the end of 2013! :slight_smile:

    pseudoSue > Zombie Dust. Best Citra hopped beer made. Period. All of their beers I've had are awesome, but they kill it with their IPAs for me.
  23. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I love Odd Side Ales. Only had about four beers from them on tap, but they've all been great.
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  24. tlacott1

    tlacott1 Initiate (0) Jun 16, 2012 Maryland

    I second this.
  25. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,289) Mar 9, 2006 California
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    Very solid list. I'd add Boneyard.
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  26. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
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    No Boneyard mentioned here??
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  27. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    I thought these breweries had put too much sugar and ton of yeast in the batch.
  28. abkayak

    abkayak Disciple (391) Jan 8, 2013 New York
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    Nice to see my local brew on the list.. After having my first 60 min and then stumbling on Barrier 5miles down the block from home the cards were dealt no more BMC in my life..Be there tonight for some growlers……once again looking forward to something new
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  29. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Initiate (0) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Totally agree with you here dude. They make some great stuff and the whole canning thing might help them sell a little more. With how great their seasonals are, and now a regular line up, they would be more likely to "blow up" then Funkwerks.

    And to the Crooked Stave mention I think they should be on the most likely to create future whales list.
  30. Hopsiam14

    Hopsiam14 Devotee (456) Jan 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    Insert Magic Hat here :wink:
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  31. OUJayhawk1799

    OUJayhawk1799 Zealot (519) Jan 25, 2013 Oklahoma
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    I was actually expecting to see them as well.
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  32. Jslay013

    Jslay013 Disciple (380) Mar 6, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Kiwi Rising is amazing, but I still don't get the Hoponius Union hype.

    Watch out for Blue Lobster Brewing out of NH making a similar list next year. They are good enough to get me to make an hour drive each way to get growlers filled. It's a shame they are still only open twice a week for 2 hours at a time, but that should change soon as they get their production ramped up.
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  33. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Initiate (67) Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
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    I was actually thinking the same thing as I read it.
  34. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Thought I would be reading about 10 breweries about to say bye-bye. Better title would have been "10 Breweries about to GROW up in 2013".
  35. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    Not sure I could narrow it down to only ten...
  36. HokiesandBeer

    HokiesandBeer Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Sorry keep the title of the thread congruent with the title of the article.
  37. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I meant the article as well so don't sweat the small stuff.
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  38. imfrommichigan

    imfrommichigan Aspirant (270) Jul 12, 2012 Utah
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    As an honorable mention I'd like to say Greenbush in Sawyer, MI is doing some pretty great things right now. From what I've had I would love and also not be surprised for them to blow up soon.
  39. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,417) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina
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    Wicked Weed (Asheville)
    Fullsteam (Durham, NC)

    some brewer would get on here and blow that thread up.
  40. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Boneyard is awesome.

    Black Raven is also expanding so I can see them broadening their fan base.
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