Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (17,668) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    From seasoned pros starting highly anticipated new projects to industry newcomers nailing classic styles in small towns, we profile 34 of the best new breweries to open their doors in 2016.

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  2. KevSal

    KevSal Savant (981) Oct 17, 2010 California

    i'm shocked by the amount of new breweries this year.

    look forward to trying some of the breweries on this list!
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  3. jhavs

    jhavs Poo-Bah (1,571) Apr 16, 2015 New Hampshire
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    Great group! Happy to see River Roost make it, and Foam too! Both are really great additions to the New England scene.
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  4. Lamnic

    Lamnic Initiate (192) Mar 1, 2012 Connecticut

    Foam is absolutely killing it with their offerings. They 100% deserve to be on everyone's 2016 list.
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  5. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poo-Bah (1,660) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

    Happy to see Beer Lab HI on there!
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  6. RedMedicine

    RedMedicine Initiate (106) Jun 3, 2005 Oregon

    Just can't agree with Wolves and People being on that list. Aside from the beer being only average to good for the region, they took in a bunch of money many months (years?) ago from cellar society members through kickstarter, have totally horrifcally failed on the communication front, and haven't been able to hold on to brewers. They represent a lot of what is wrong with the craft beer world today, IMVHO.
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  7. Biscuit073

    Biscuit073 Initiate (0) May 5, 2008 Texas

    Can't believe Eureka Heights Brew Co. in Houston did not make the list.
  8. Unmakable

    Unmakable Initiate (0) Mar 9, 2016 Illinois

    I fully expected to see Narrow Gauge on this list and was not disappointed. They deserve it.
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  9. gandalfcat

    gandalfcat Initiate (87) Nov 28, 2009 California

    Homage Brewing in Pomona, CA is outstanding. Well deserved honor!
  10. Mantooth

    Mantooth Meyvn (1,152) Dec 6, 2011 North Carolina

    Bond Brothers Beer Co. in Cary, North Carolina? A reason to visit Cary! Sweet. Good stuff!
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  11. ScottBrianB

    ScottBrianB Initiate (67) Oct 10, 2013 Connecticut

    Pine cone in a can seems to be the running theme at most of these places. Need to see more porters and creativity with amber ales, rather than seeing who can "out hop" the other
  12. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (845) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    I won't totally disagree, but to be fair, there are quite a few spots included that you might find palate pleasing. And I'd say Saisons, sours, and mixed-fermentation farmhouse ales also appear to be all the rage, too.
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  13. JISurfer

    JISurfer Poo-Bah (1,660) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

    Agreed. TBH I didn't read the entire list, but I know a lot about Beer Lab. Not only are they doing the NE haze thing, but some of their cornerstone beers are saisons and porters. They've actually got their first collab coming up, an Imperial Stout with 3 Chiefs.

    A friend of mine that visited in October, who also works in the Seattle beer scene, told me that they could run with the big boys there. Obviously, their only problem is availability. For now, you won't find them anywhere off island, unless somebody shipped a crolwer (like I do occasionally).
  14. VelvetHammered

    VelvetHammered Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2015 Texas

    I imagined I would see at least one brewery from Texas on the list. Oh well...maybe next time.
  15. benheredunthat

    benheredunthat Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2015 California

    Thank you so much for completely ignoring San Diego, again. BA seems to actually goes out of it's way to edit this area from any articles and features so that you would possibly believe we aren't here any more. Do you realize that San Diego is to thank for the brewery resurgence? Guess not. Afterall, it's just one city, in the most populous state in the Union. How many other cities have 134+ breweries? *crickets*
  16. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California

    For some context, we had room to cover only 34 (under 4%) of the 861 new breweries that opened in the US during 2016.
    San Diego (no question, a great city) has seen it's share of coverage in the mag, but it's a big beer world out there. And this might come as a shock to you, but the beer world doesn't revolve around San Diego.

    Welcome to the rest of us. We've been waiting for you.
  17. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (845) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Although there are certainly other new breweries worthy of a mention, we don't include a spot from every state in our annual round-up. Which breweries caught your attention last year? And by the way, lest you think we don't pay any attention to the Lone Star State, keep an eye out for the February issue...
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  18. doner24

    doner24 Initiate (96) Apr 16, 2013 Minnesota

    Modist has no business being on this list, their beer has been mediocre at best and this comes from a member there.
  19. freeballard

    freeballard Initiate (106) Oct 21, 2008 California

    I was about to gripe about my new favorite breweries not being on the list but I appreciate how hard it is to narrow down a list like this to only 34...
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  20. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (845) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    And those favorites were?
  21. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,249) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Some of these guys sound so full of shit when they talk. Makes me roll my eyes.
  22. freeballard

    freeballard Initiate (106) Oct 21, 2008 California

    Moonraker in Auburn (CA) is the one that really knocked me out!
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  23. SlothB77

    SlothB77 Zealot (521) Dec 28, 2012 Virginia

  24. sconniebeerlover

    sconniebeerlover Initiate (34) Jan 14, 2012 Wisconsin

    I was surprised not to see Forager from Rochester, MN on there for midwest. They are killing it with their sours especially but they are making alot of great stuff.
  25. Keene

    Keene Editorial Director (845) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Thanks for putting them on our radar!
  26. distantmantra

    distantmantra Meyvn (1,013) May 23, 2011 Washington

    Shocked to see Perihelion make the list. I've found their beer to be extremely underwhelming.
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  27. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Site Editor (7,632) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
    Premium Trader

    Didn't they open in late 2015?
  28. glkaiser

    glkaiser Initiate (39) May 19, 2006 Washington

    100% agreed. I have lived 5 blocks from this place since it opened about a year ago and have given it several chances. I want to like this place. But, the beer is not good. They do a great business because A) They are in a prime location & the neighborhood has only a few other bar/restaurant options, B) The food is good and C) Many people just don't care/know bad beer when they drink it.

    I'll definitely go back and keep giving them chances, hoping they figure it out (my wife pretty much refuses at this point, though). But, they simply should not be on this list.
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  29. leonardoh03

    leonardoh03 Initiate (170) Jan 27, 2011 California

    No love for Casa Agria?
  30. Todd

    Todd Founder (5,608) Aug 23, 1996 California

    They opened in 2015.