50 of the Best New Breweries

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Admin (17,075) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    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.

    Read the full article: 50 of the Best New Breweries
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  2. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,789) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I like this article. I plan to travel in other parts of the Country and this sort of information is useful.
  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,478) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Of the many beers photographed in this article many (most?) were of the murky/turbid/opaque variety.

    I suppose the message is if you are going to open a new brewery you better have some Hazy/Juicy Ales as part of your portfolio of beers?

  4. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (237) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Can we already start recommending spots for next year's inevitable list? Some awesome places have opened up rather recently in my opinion
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  5. TheIPAHunter

    TheIPAHunter Poo-Bah (3,452) Aug 12, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I absolutely love content like this. Thanks for posting!
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  6. Big_V

    Big_V Zealot (523) Nov 30, 2012 Maryland

    Got homework to do...
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  7. Sip404

    Sip404 Initiate (67) Feb 27, 2017 Virginia

    Looks like some new places to hit up. But I will say that I'm pretty skeptical when I see Vasen on something like this.
  8. SpinSamzo

    SpinSamzo Disciple (326) Mar 11, 2017 New York

    I live close to Fifth Hammer Brewing. Great to see them on this list! Their tap room is great and the beers they've been producing have been dope.
  9. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Initiate (176) Nov 10, 2015 New York

    Cool read! Just hit Lazarus brewing while I was in Austin two weeks ago, they have really solid stuff.
  10. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

  11. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,643) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  12. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,902) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I wish I hadn't read this. Now I'll never be able to rest until I've been to Yorkshire Square. :slight_frown:
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  13. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

  14. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Meyvn (1,432) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey

    True, but happy to see Speciation on this list: Mitch is doing great things
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  15. EvenMoreJesus

    EvenMoreJesus Initiate (0) Jun 8, 2017 Pennsylvania

    He's an awesome dude.
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  16. RKP1967

    RKP1967 Disciple (308) Sep 26, 2010 Virginia

    That would seem wise.
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  17. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,052) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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  18. elproducer

    elproducer Initiate (0) Apr 19, 2016 California

    Also they were open for 5 days in 2016 (Dec 26 open date). Would be kind of hard to make the list a hard start and stop date.
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  19. Crim122

    Crim122 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    Traveling to Richmond this weekend. Nice to see a brewery there made it. Will check it out, and they're walking distance from The Veil.
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  20. oldbean

    oldbean Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2005 Massachusetts

    I'm friends with a couple who rented a house on that farm for a couple years. Nothing but nice things to say about the owners, and my buddie's homebrew definitely took a big step forward while he was there. Gotta make a point to get up to Silvaticus.
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  21. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    How could Yale Terrace Brewing in Crawford NJ not be on this list?
  22. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,643) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    1. Did you recommend them last year when we did the call for suggestions?
    2. Looks like they opened in December 2017. That's really not enough time to consider them as one of the best new breweries of 2017.
    3. If you're such a fan, why didn't you add them to the site? (I just did now.)
    4. A quick scan online shows that they're viewed as average.
  23. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (2,045) Apr 16, 2015 New York
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    I look forward to this list each year and have nominated breweries in the past. On this years list I have visited a few (Battery Steele, Lazurus) and have had brews from a few others. All seem to be doing good work!

    Has there ever been thought to a follow up article? One that would describe growth, changes, failures, expansion etc. of the breweries that have been on these lists in the past? I think that would be a very interesting read.
  24. Keene

    Keene Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Dancing Gnome officially opened on October 1, 2016. This article concentrated on breweries that opened in 2017, but we added a few from December 2016 because in the past our monthly print schedule prevented us from including spots with a December opening date. But for the record, we're fans of DG and covered the brewery last year.
  25. Keene

    Keene Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Thanks for the suggestion, we'll give it some thought. Cheers!
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  26. smutty33

    smutty33 Crusader (791) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut

    While I did not vote, glad to see Counterweight and Fox Farm on this list. Both are cranking out excellent product imo.

    Cheers All....
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  27. DBosco

    DBosco Defender (610) May 1, 2011 Massachusetts

    I've never seen or heard of any of these new breweries. Maybe someday but this strikes me as a very obscure selection. It would be nice to see the median distance that these beers get distributed, or am I only going to see them if I visit the brewery?
  28. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,139) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    Most, if not all, of the breweries listed here have very limited (if any) distribution but that is not that surprising considering they opened in the calendar year 2017. In many of the states where it is legal, these breweries would be the ones self-distributing.

    I'm not sure I would agree that is an obscure selection, they solicited input from BA readers/website users.
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  29. EyePeeAyBryan

    EyePeeAyBryan Crusader (726) Dec 20, 2011 Arizona

    Outer range, while hidden away in the mountains, continues to pack in the masses around late afternoon and pump out some exceptional brews! I was extremely impressed and I think we've seen just the tip of the iceberg with these fine folks. Revision? Well, hopefully it's just a matter of time before we luckily see these mouth-watering concoctions grace our presence in AZ.
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  30. Keene

    Keene Initiate (0) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    These breweries might seem obscure, but that's partially the nature of this annual exercise, to seek out and highlight bright spots around the country from the hundreds and hundreds of breweries that open every year. Add that to the fact that many beer companies are choosing to stay small and concentrate on their local market, and yes, you end up with quite a few places that don't distribute very far but are worth visiting.
  31. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Poo-Bah (1,864) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    Nice to see Godspeed in the list. Great spot, interesting beers that aren’t conservative or on trend. The Imperial Coffee Lager he brewed for Peche Mortel day was a great homage to his former brewery.

    I’ll have to pay more attention to suggesting places. I would have suggested Whitby Ontario’s Little Beasts Brewing which soft opened on October 20th 2017. Really good beer from a talented female head brewer. Also, it would have been funny to see two breweries with the same name (almost) on the list!!
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  32. s4tk

    s4tk Initiate (0) Jan 24, 2014 Indiana

    Love the format and content of the article! And it’s geographically laid out for potential road trip stops :slight_smile:

    Had I heard of Open Outcry (South Chicago) sooner, I may have tossed their name into the jar.
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  33. jayrutgers

    jayrutgers Initiate (193) Oct 29, 2011 New Jersey

    ctrl+f: "New Jersey"

    "No results found".

    That sounds about right.
  34. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    For the areas I know about the selections are reasonable and it is an interesting list. there are so many new breweries popping up that there are probably at least 5 or 10 in each state on par with those that made the list. Its a good time to drink beer.
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  35. Dan_K

    Dan_K Zealot (515) Nov 8, 2013 Colorado

    For some reason those Barrel Culture beers freak me out with the crazy colors. Esp that one that looks like some sort of blue windshield washer fluid. Might be really good tho.
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  36. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,139) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    The beers are really good though I think I prefer the ones that are straight berries to get their color.

    I know they added some Gatorade to one of the green colored ones to get the color but yeah they are a little weirdly colored.
  37. OakvilleKGB

    OakvilleKGB Initiate (102) Dec 3, 2015 Missouri

    Please do explain what you mean; are they not worthy?
  38. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

    Great article and tons of good info if your traveling around.
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  39. Sip404

    Sip404 Initiate (67) Feb 27, 2017 Virginia

    Vasen's not worthy. They aren't terrible but compared to some of the big dogs on here they seem out of place.
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  40. OakvilleKGB

    OakvilleKGB Initiate (102) Dec 3, 2015 Missouri

    I had just never heard of them so I was genuinely interested.
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