One list covers companies overall, including Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, while the other concentrates on craft breweries. Food & Wine is part of the Meredith Corporation Allrecipes Food Group. In Texas, for instance, two-thirds of the states many craft brewers predict that their businesses wont survive until the end of the year under current operating restrictions.
(For an alternative ranking, based on social media engagement as opposed to sales, see the 35 most popular craft breweries in America.). Location(s): Berkeley, California; Shiner, Texas. Made just north of New Orleans, and a great favorite in the Crescent City, Abita was founded in 1986. For many drinkers in the 1990s, that imagery of spilled beer was their first occasion to consider the idea of craft brewing, then warmly referred to as microbrewing. We honestly had no idea it would have such staying power or such an impact. Innovation is great and all, but I admire the discipline Ken Grossman has to keep the flagship the same. Even on this list, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is an unbridled success: It was the only beer to appear on over half of voters lists. They didn't understand it. Spoiler alert: With four beers on this list, San Franciscos Anchor Brewing appears more than anyone else. 43 (New York City); Founder, Beer Sessions RadioGeoff Deman, Head Brewer, Free State Brewing CompanyGreg Engert, Beer Director & Partner, Neighborhood Restaurant Group (Washington, DC)Ethan Fixell, Freelance Beer, Wine & Spirits Writer; Beverage EducatorAaron Goldfarb, Novelist & Beer WriterKen Grossman, Founder/Owner, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.Stephen Hale, Ambassador Brewer, Schlafly BeerGregory Hall, Founder, Virtue Cider; Former Brewmaster, Goose Island Beer Co.Brendan Hartranft, Co-owner, Local 44, Strangeloves and Clarkville (Philadelphia)Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director & Publisher, CraftBeer.comJeppe Jarnit-Bjergs, Founder, Evil Twin Brewing; Owner, Trst (Brooklyn)Noah Kaufman, Digital Editor, Food & WineJustin Kennedy, Freelance Beer Writer; Producer Steal This Beer podcast and Beer Sessions RadioJim Koch, Founder, Samuel AdamsJason Perkins, Brewmaster, Allagash Brewing CompanyMichael Roper, Owner, The Hopleaf Bar (Chicago)Patrick Rue, Founder/CEO, The BrueryScott Ungermann, Brewmaster, Anchor Brewers and DistillersJohn Verive, Contributor, L.A. Times Food; Founder, Beer of Tomorrow. Operating since 1986, Great Lakes produces more than 200 brews in many styles, the vast majority of them draft-beer pub exclusives. A 19th-century-style Imperial Russian Stout, a nut brown ale called Cranky Woodsman, and an unfiltered Elderflower IPA are among the beers produced by this Twin Cities brewery, founded in 1986. What is now Minhas Craft Brewery originally went into production in 1845, three years before Wisconsin became a state. It was like licking the rust off a tin can, he told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2015. As the companys flagship Boston Lager went on to become one of the first independently-made brews to be ubiquitous on beer lists, Samuel Adams put craft beer in front of more non-craft beer drinkers than ever before.Im honored to still be brewing my great-great-great grandfather Louis Kochs lager recipe today, says Koch, describing the beer he first brewed in 1984. It also owns Delaware's Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (see No. It went through several changes of name and ownership through the years before Ravinder Minhas, a Canadian native of Indian descent, took it over and renamed it in 2006, at the age of 24. A slow cooker can can take your comfort food to the next level. The good news is that almost 70 craft breweries across the nation have received PPP loans, in amounts ranging from $1 million to $10 million, so perhaps theyll be able to ride out the crisis. Samuel Adamss Jim Koch echoes this importance. While never bottled, beer geeks flocked to the Philly brewpub to try the only American Berliner Weisse at the time.. The beer was sensational and inspired many imitators, explains Michael Roper, owner of Chicagos Hopleaf Bar. And, its been my lifelong companion over the past thirty years as the craft beer industry has grown and flourished. Today, the Boston Beer Company is Americas largest modern craft brewery. And who doesnt like spicy curry made with the right beer? This could be considered the first American IPA or APA, says Hopleaf Bar owner Michael Roper, a man whos seen beer history unfold while working in bars for more than forty years. During a time when most beer was pale, yellow and fizzy, my goal was to pursue a better beer, one made with high-quality, flavorful ingredients using traditional brewing techniques. Known for its colorful, offbeat Ralph Steadman labels, Flying Dog serves up a range of IPAs (including one flavored with blood orange pure) and such specialties as Cookies 'N Cream Milk Stout and a pepper-infused 7 Pot Pepper Pale Ale. This sort of thing is now somewhat commonplace, but writer Aaron Goldfarb credits 3 Floyds with its invention. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale isnt the oldest surviving IPA, but its probably the oldest that tastes as bold today as it did when it was first released. Georgetown, incorporated in 2002, billed itself as the largest draft-only brewery in America until 2017, when it began selling some of its output in cans (and occasionally 22-ounce bottles) in addition to kegs. 2), though the operations remain separate. Shiner Bock, a Texan interpretation of a German classic style, is legendary in Texas. Though Maytag maintained the traditional production technique, he improved the equipment and the quality of the brewing process before reintroducing the beer in 1971. Innovation is what makes American craft beer the best in the world. German immigrant Francis Xavier Matt founded the West End Brewing Co. in 1888. In addition to Classic Amber Lager and four other year-round beers, Stevens Point produces a handful of seasonal brews (Lake Side Vacation Ale, Oktoberfest, etc.) That same year, Celis sold his brand to Miller Brewing Company. It was recognized as one of the first West Coast-style IPAs brewed here in the Northeast, says Gregg Stacy, Ithacas director of marketing and sales. Introduced in 1975, when no other American beer approached its 47-IBU level of bitterness, it acquainted American drinkers to whole Cascade hops and to the almost-forgotten dry-hopping method. This legendary brew was, sadly, unappreciated in its time. New Belgium's founders opened their brewery in 1991. Now renamed in honor of its founder and run by fourth-generation members of the Matt family, it is best known for its Saranac beers including Adirondack Lager and S'more Porter. Balderdash, I can't win because it's too good, he says. This includes IPAs called Truth and Knowledge, numerous seasonal selections (some of them infused with fruit), and almost 200 limited edition bottlings with names like Existential Apples, Nitro Crumb Cake, and Vincent Van Goat. By adding hops continually while brewing instead of all at once (a technique the brewery dubbed continuous hopping), the Dogfish Head team created a beer with massive, evolving hop flavors cascading over a firm malt backbone. Scott Ungermann, Anchors current brewmaster, seconds the importance of those two major innovations. 13). One regular bottling, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, is named for the legendary Prohibition agent who frequented the tavern that became the site of the brewery's brewpub and who once employed Great Lakes founders Pat and Dan Conway's mother as a stenographer. All Rights Reserved. Founded in 1984, Boston Beer Co. is most famous for its Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but has a wide range of other beers, including Cream Stout, a super-strong (28.0% ABV) barrel-aged ale called Utopias, and a selection of seasonal releases. Dont tell the brewers at Nodding Head Brewery about the hot new beer on the block, Berliner Weisse.
Southern California is reknowned for its craft breweries. Heres the deal Festive foods take on new meaning when made with serious beer. Its flagship is Brooklyn Lager, but other offerings range from a raspberry-infused sour ale called Ros de Ville to Brooklyn Black Ops, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels. Gambrinus is not itself a brewery, but has two beer brands: Shiner, made at the historic Spoetzl Brewery, founded in Shiner, Texas, in 1909, and Trumer, opened in 2004 as a sister property to the centuries-old Trumer Brauerei in Austria. Perhaps more amazing is that decades later, many believe the San Francisco-based brewerys version is still one of the best.
A Massachusetts craft beer pioneer, it received state brewing permit #001 in 1986, and subsequently released New England's first seasonal craft brew, Harpoon Winter Warmer. Granted, some may say that Widmers take wasnt a true expression of what the Germans intended, but calling it American-style is an important qualifier: Widmers Hefe could be seen as establishing the broader, now abundant style of American wheats. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is a remarkable beer: Groundbreaking upon its release and still a critical and commercial darling all these years later, the beers focus on American hops has established it as the countrys signature pale ale. But Hall took a larger lesson from BCBSs unfortunate first appearance at GABF. Voters were limited to two beers from any one brewery and encouraged to diversify their choices across years, states and styles. Its hard to imagine a time when every notable brewery didnt offer a dark, smooth, roasty and chocolaty porter. Now located in the chocolate capital of Hershey, Pennsylvania, the brewery produces almost 60 different beers, both year-round and seasonal. Trumer Pils, a German-style pilsner, is Trumer's signature. Other offerings include a hazy (intentionally cloudy) IPA dubbed Lounging Iguanas and a limited-release Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout. Each year, on Dark Lord Day, the Indiana brewery sells this coveted beer to eager crowds who line up down the block. In 2002, Colorados Oskar Blues did something with a solid, but otherwise unassuming pale ale that changed craft beer forever: They put it into cans, becoming the first craft brewery to do so independently. The overwhelming majority of what we consume is mass-produced, most of it made by brands owned by one of two companies Anheuser-Busch InBev or MillerCoors. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission. Americas first dry-hopped pale ale, Liberty, also introduced the Cascade hop, says Ungermann, speaking of the now ubiquitous intense West Coast hop varietal, and spurred the craft beer revolution.. I think that even after 35 years, our clear focus still shines through in the beer.Former Goose Island brewmaster Gregory Hall agrees with Grossmans assessment. Heady Topper has been called the Best Beer in the World. Is it? Dogfish Head had always prided itself on brewing off-centered beers by adding all sorts of weird ingredients and getting kind of crazy, as the brewery states on its website. Even though it's a large-scale producer, it is independently owned and ships fewer than 6 million barrels a year, so Yuengling meets the Brewers Association definition of a craft brewery. A legendary beer festival wont be returning in 2023 and its not the pandemic this time around, that led to its cancellation. It is known as a specialist in Belgian-style beers. Some respected breweries have shut down permanently, while others are barely holding on. In the late 19th century, Brooklyn was a brewing hub, producing more than 10% of all the beer in the U.S., but today's Brooklyn Brewery was founded only in 1987. ), assorted IPAs, and, yes, three different chocolate stouts. Originally brewed in 1981, it still bursts with the 65-IBU intensity of Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops. We all know this story. Indeed, the folklore that describes Maytags success with Anchor is a seminal modern beer tale thats provided inspiration for aspiring brewers ever since. Copyright 2011-2022. Another reason for the brewerys success has been its ability to innovate, as it did in 1975 when it introduced Christmas Ale. A few of the many beers sold under the umbrella are Cigar City's Jai Alai India Pale Ale, Perrin's Blonde Porter Ale with Chocolate, and Three Weavers' Cloud City Hazy IPA. During Prohibition, the brewery survived by making soft drinks, and upon Repeal, obtained the nation's first license to make and sell beer. One of their first beers was an amber ale called Fat Tire, which became their signature. When Arthur moved from Pizza Port to The Lost Abbey, he took his namesake beer with him. This beer turned a lot of heads around and inspired many young brewers to follow a new road, he says. Formerly employee-owned, New Belgium was bought late last year by Lion Little World Beverages, a subsidiary of Japan's Kirin Holdings Co. One of the country's largest craft producers, Sierra Nevada, founded in 1980, best-known for its Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. merged last year with the Boston Beer Co.
I'm so glad to see innovation continue, and be celebrated, not only in craft beer, but in cider and in spirits as well, he says. (Last year, Statista ranked it as the 19th best-selling beer in the U.S.) When we first brewed our pale ale in 1980, we knew it was a departure from what was available, but as serious home brewers, it was what we and our friends loved to drink, explains Ken Grossman, founder and owner of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., about his humble homebrewing roots that have resulted in a brand worth an estimated $1 billion. La Folie proved them wrong.. more than 5,500 American porters in its database, said in an interview with City Tap last year, built Americas first commercial coolship, 2001 piece in the Austin American-Statesman.