Small Town Breweries

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  1. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,477) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    Pelican Pub, Pacific City OR pop.1027
    Walking Man, Stevenson WA pop. 1465
    Lake Superior Brewing Co., Grand Marais MI pop. 350
    Red Jacket Brewing, Calumet MI pop. 727
    Keweenaw Brewing Production Brewery, South Range MI, pop. 758
    Brickside Brewery, Copper Harbor MI, pop 190
    Taquamenon Falls, inside Taquamenon Falls State Park. pop 0. Nearby Paradise 10 miles away has 397.
  2. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Probably at least 20 in small towns across Iowa I can think of....
  3. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,381) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado

    My favorite small beer town has got to be Durango, CO. So far it's got the most brweries per capita in. North America. And ska brewing makes my favorite ipa. Mmmmmm, modus.
    Well, I used to think they had the most breweries per capita anyway.
  4. flexabull

    flexabull Poo-Bah (2,348) Mar 9, 2006 California

    Etna Brewing in Etna CA. Population : 730.

    Also, it in the middle of nowhere... Worth a stop though if you are ever in Siskiyou County.
  5. herrburgess

    herrburgess Meyvn (1,113) Nov 4, 2009 South Carolina

    Aufsess, Germany, has a population of 1352, and 4 breweries.
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  6. PatriotsRule

    PatriotsRule Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    Jack's Abby, Framingham MA!!! followed by Lagunitas in Petaluma CA ;D
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  7. Louis_Toschner

    Louis_Toschner Initiate (92) Dec 30, 2012 South Carolina

    Old Mill Brewpub just opened about 2 blocks from me in Lexington, SC. They have about 32 beers on tap so far, including Founders Breakfast stout. And in June, they will be getting their equipment running to brew their own. I hope it works out for them. (And me!)
  8. lftwng4

    lftwng4 Initiate (148) Oct 12, 2007 Ohio

    Wooden Shoe in Minster OH, but I'm not sure if they're open or closed or open again or closed again.....
  9. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (774) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I kind of forgot about them, partly because I never knew exactly what they were. I remember the name was a revival of a long closed and mostly forgotten brewery, and started as a contract brand, then I kind of lost track.
  10. MontpelierArtie

    MontpelierArtie Initiate (38) Jun 23, 2010 Vermont

    Lawson's Finest Liquids, Warren, VT pop 1705
  11. beerme411

    beerme411 Initiate (0) Sep 28, 2010 California

    North Coast in Fort Bragg, CA pop 7,273
    Bear Republic in Healdsburg, CA pop 11,353
    Alpine Brewing in Alpine, CA pop 14,236
    Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA pop 30,065
    On the bigger side but still in the middle of nowhere Sierra Nevada in Chico, CA 86,187
  12. plutoniumpete

    plutoniumpete Initiate (193) Oct 21, 2008 New Jersey

    Moat Mountain in NH for sure
    Hill Farmstead
    Lawsons Finest
    and look for good things to start coming out of Bentley Brewing in Southbridge MA. (new brewers just took over)
  13. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,561) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    To add to the Michigan listings above:
    51 North Brewing in Lake Orion (pop. 3,057)

    and in the planning stages are:
    Constantine Brewing in Constantine (2,032)
    Fetch Brewing in Whitehall (3,027)
    Old Hat (soon to re-open) in Lawton (1,685)
    Old Mill in Plainwell (4,057)
    Tapestry Brewing in Bridgemen (2,140)
    Turk Lake in Turk Lake (pop. not given).
  14. CASK1

    CASK1 Aspirant (292) Jan 7, 2010 Florida

    Hard to believe Dunedin counts for the OPs definition (pop >35,000 and a 'burb of Tampa), but if it does, my vote goes to 7venth Sun Brewing.
  15. jumboj11

    jumboj11 Initiate (197) May 24, 2009 Georgia

    Kern River Brewing - Kernville, CA population 1,395
  16. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (774) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I live in a "city" of 7,000 people. So by my original thought 35,000 is a metropolis! :slight_smile:
  17. Scalzo

    Scalzo Initiate (151) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

  18. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (1,905) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
    Society Trader

    Breinigsville, PA, population is 7,595 and is home to BBC's "Samuel Adams Pennsylvania Brewery" which pumps out probably over a million and a half barrels a year.:grinning:

    About the same size town, Baldwinsville, NY (pop. 7375) with a brewery about five times bigger than that, with a capacity 7.5m bbl/yr.
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  19. LuckyJohn

    LuckyJohn Disciple (301) Feb 6, 2013 Colorado

    Palisade Brewing Co. in Palisade Colorado, population 2,692.
  20. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (4,582) Sep 3, 2007 Texas

    The Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL
    Red Lodge Brewery in Red Lodge, MT
    Carters Brewing in Billings, MT
  21. csurowiec

    csurowiec Disciple (337) Mar 7, 2010 Maryland

    Twin Lakes Brewery Greeneville, DE population 2,325. Cool tiny brewery on a farm that has been in the same family for a couple hundred years.
  22. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,429) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts

    Seems to me there are a lot here in New England that would qualify as breweries in small towns. I think the question kind of overlaps with distribution to some extent. There's a small brewery that just opened up in Berkley, MA that only has distribution to a handful of restaurants in the area. Small town, small brewery, small geographical distribution.

    I happen to think that the "local brewery" is something that could be a very viable part of beer's future.
  23. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Devotee (491) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    Holy crap, I saw the title of the thread and thought "I have to mention that new brewery in Holgate."
    I grew up in Napoleon, right up around Co Rd 14 and Z if you know the area. Technically it's considered Flatrock Township. Never thought I would see that brewery mentioned on the BA forums.
  24. BottleCaps80

    BottleCaps80 Defender (620) Jan 12, 2013 Iowa

    Small town breweries in Iowa. Only included breweries in towns with <10,000 in population. Did not include "planned" breweries. Probably another 30+ if you count breweries in towns >10,000 or planned breweries.

    Albia Brewing Co. - Albia, IA - pop. 3,766
    Angry Cedar Brewing Co. - Waverly, IA - pop. 9,784
    Briar Creek Brewery - Janesville, IA - pop. 930
    Broad Street Brewing Co. - Reinbeck, IA - pop 1,664
    Buck Ridge Brewery - Janesville, IA - pop. 930
    CIB (Chefs In Black) Brewery - Carson, IA - pop. 812
    Keg Creek Brewery - Glendwood, IA - pop. 5,269
    Lost Duck Brewing Co. - Fort Madison, IA - pop. 10,980
    Millstream Brewing Co. - Amana Colonies, IA - pop. (unknown)
    Okoboji Brewing Co. - Spirit Lake, IA - pop. 4,840
    Old Man River Brewery - McGregor, IA - pop. 871
    Sutlif Cider Compnay - Lisbon, IA - pop. 2,152
    Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. - Decorah, IA - pop. 8,127
    Twisted Vine Brewing Co. - St. Charles, IA - pop. 653
    Worth Brewing Co. - Northwood, IA - pop. 1,989
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  25. chimneyjim

    chimneyjim Devotee (449) Jun 23, 2004 Oregon

    Brewers Union Local 180 - Oakridge, OR - pop. 3205 -- cask ale specialists
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  26. frazbri

    frazbri Crusader (774) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    I'm from Wauseon, so I know the area pretty well.
  27. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (11,065) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois

  28. Scalzo

    Scalzo Initiate (151) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

    Im in Lake Zurich and work out of Arlington Heights, ill have to stop by sometime soon
  29. emerge077

    emerge077 Poo-Bah (11,065) Apr 16, 2005 Illinois

    The name is misleading, the brewery isn't actually in Rolling Meadows :wink: It's in Cantrall, IL outside of Springfield.
  30. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (125) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota

    Potosi Brewing Company, Potosi, WI pop 688

    Also home to the National Brewery Museum.
  31. mporter13

    mporter13 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2011 Oregon

    As far as little known, small town breweries, I would have to give a nod to Riverport Brewing in Clarkston, WA. There's another brewery across the river in Lewiston, but that place makes god-awful beer.
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  32. tommyguz

    tommyguz Savant (998) May 14, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Evolution - Salisbury Maryland, Burley Oak - Berlin, Maryland
  33. Scalzo

    Scalzo Initiate (151) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois

  34. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aspirant (296) Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts

    I was going to mention them as well, still cap by hand, wood fired burner, hand delivered by owner/brewer, etc. But my beloved once-small hometown now has over 5000 residents!
  35. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,308) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
    Society Trader

    Jamesport in Ludington Michigan is pretty right. Not sure what the population is though. Can't be too big, right?
  36. AugiePrimrose

    AugiePrimrose Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2009 Illinois

    Hood River, Oregon clocks in with a population of about 7200 and has 5 breweries.

    -Full Sail
    -Double Mountain
    -Logsdon Farmhouse Ales
    -The Big Horse Brewpub
    -Pfriem Family Brewers

    I'm also a fan of Terminal Gravity Brewing in Enterprise, Oregon...population 2000.
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  37. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    Indian Wells and Kern River. Close to each other, similar size small towns, and yet, worlds apart in terms of quality.

    Ruby Mountain in NE Nevada is pretty rural. It has a population of zero pretty much. Its PO Box is in Wells, but its actual location is quite a few miles from Wells (which is super tiny and rustic anyways).
  38. KevinGordon

    KevinGordon Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 North Carolina

    The Duck-Rabbit maybe? only 4,600 people live in Farmville, NC
  39. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Savant (987) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts

    Probably Berkshire Brewing for me, South Deerfeild MA I think the population is under 2,000.
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  40. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Kern River Brewing in Kernville, CA (~1300)
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