Category: People & Places

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

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.

John Cochran, Terrapin Co-Founder, on his Asheville Brewpub UpCountry and Beer’s Localized Future Last Call by

For an industry veteran who wanted to run a smaller, neighborhood brewpub, the friendlier laws in North Carolina were a huge incentive for the Terrapin co-founder to launch UpCountry Brewery in Asheville.

Great Raft Brewing: Bringing Local Beer to Northwest Louisiana From the Source by

Andrew and Lindsay Nations moved back to their hometown of Shreveport, La., to create and foster a beer culture in the state’s northwest corner, which is closer to Dallas, Texas, than New Orleans.

Jeff Griffith of Fate Brewing Company 9 Steps to Beerdom by

Jeff Griffith, head brewer at Fate Brewing Company in Boulder, Colo., cranks out everything from classic Belgian and German styles to experimental IPAs, tequila barrel-aged sours, and coffee-infused hop bombs.

Birreria Volo: Toronto’s New Bar Star Barkeep by

Brothers Tomas and Julian Morana, who cut their teeth working at their father Ralph’s famed Bar Volo, opened Birreria Volo in Toronto’s Little Italy.

Cody Lindquist and Charlie Todd, Hosts, Two Beers In: A Tipsy Political Round Table Last Call by

On the Two Beers In podcast, comedians Charlie Todd and Cody Lindquist invite friends and policy wonks to hash out the latest political news in front of a live audience—after chugging two session beers.

Fat Head’s Brewery: Focused on Quality From the Source by

What sets Ohio-based brewery Fat Head’s apart from its peers is its winning streak at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Since the original brewery opened, it has collected 25 medals between the two competitions across a wide range of styles.

Ben Green of Southern Prohibition Brewing 9 Steps to Beerdom by

At Southern Prohibition in Hattiesburg, Miss., brewmaster Ben Green is helping to build a new beer culture, oriented around bold flavors in everything from hoppy ales to barrel-aged sours.

Marley Rall: The Brewer’s Baker Will Work For Beer by

Marley Rall opened The Brewmaster’s Bakery and Taproom to serve beer from Seattle-area breweries alongside baked goods she makes with their spent grain.

La Cumbre Brewing’s Taproom Barkeep by

Albuquerque brewery La Cumbre’s taproom has become a popular hangout for local beer lovers, and its taproom sales (especially the top-selling Elevated IPA) are what made the company viable.

Kai Ryssdal, Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Last Call by

Whether reporting on international beer mergers or just gently poking fun at American-style light lagers, it’s clear that Kai Ryssdal, host of public radio program Marketplace, possesses a passion for beer.

Baltic Brewing: In Estonia, a Farmhouse Tradition Survives Feature by

The remote Estonian islands, an hours-long journey from the capital of Tallinn, have preserved many of the country’s cultural traditions, including brewing the rustic farmhouse ale Koduõlu.

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company: Keeping It in the Family From the Source by

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.

David Morgan of SingleSpeed Brewing 9 Steps to Beerdom by

SingleSpeed Brewing, the Cedar Falls, Iowa, nanobrewery Morgan founded in 2012, is on the brink of a major expansion, as SingleSpeed exits its nano-sized beta version for a state-of-the-art brewhouse opening late this year.

Big Orange in Little Rock, Arkansas Barkeep by

In Little Rock, a market still largely ruled by mass-produced beer, Big Orange stands out by highlighting independently brewed beer alongside all-American grub.

Jon Downing, Brewmaster Professor, Niagara College Teaching Brewery Last Call by

Thanks to Jon Downing’s leadership, Niagara College Teaching Brewery won the first US Open College Beer Championship in July 2016, a competition among collegiate brewing programs.

Three Boys Brewery: A Kiwi Twist on Tradition From the Source by

Three Boys Brewery produces a lineup described as “tradition with a Kiwi twist,” modifying classic recipes to meld with New Zealand tastes and locally available ingredients.

Cameron Read of Edmund’s Oast 9 Steps to Beerdom by

As Edmund Oast’s head brewer and beer buyer, Cameron Read scouts out the best beers in the world, while also concocting recipes that can stand alongside them.

TapRoot in Anchorage, Alaska Barkeep by

Over the years, TapRoot has hosted everything from burlesque shows to Scotch tastings, plus ongoing events like karaoke nights and a trivia series. They’re doing their damnedest to keep Anchorage weird, and it seems to be paying off.

Dominic Fountain, President, Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF) Last Call by

According to Fountain, close to 50 of San Diego homebrew club QUAFF’s nearly 350 members have turned pro.

Reuben’s Brews: Brewing “Bloody Good” Beer in Ballard From the Source by

In just a couple of years, Adam Robbings matriculated from homebrewing newbie to brewmaster and co-owner of Reuben’s Brews, named after Robbings’ son, Reuben.

Dennis R. Hock of Draai Laag Brewing Company 9 Steps to Beerdom by

At Draai Laag’s brewhouse in western Pennsylvania, Dennis R. Hock embraces the wild critters floating through the air to create beers that could only come from Pittsburgh.

Three Heads Brewing: 5 Essentials 5 Essentials by

Partners Dan Nothnagle, Todd Dirrigl, Geoff Dale, and Brian Johnson can’t live without these five things at Three Heads, their funky and hop-forward brewery in Rochester, N.Y.

The Dram Shop in Missoula, Montana Barkeep by

When it opened in April 2015, The Dram Shop became Montana’s first standalone growler retailer. Today, its 40 taps pour brews from across the country, plus wine, cider, and kombucha.

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