Maine Beer Company, a tiny Portland brewery, is entirely wind-powered, gives its spent grain to local farmers for feed and donates part of its sales to saving the planet. No surprise this fresh ale tastes so grassy and green.
Warrenville's Two Brothers brewers Jim and Jason Ebel match rye's spiciness with hoppy pine notes in this robust beer. They also run a home-brew shop, called the Brewer's Coop, in front of the brewery.
Rye is an increasingly popular ingredient with brewers, thanks to the alluring spiciness it can contribute to beer. In the town of Blanco, Real Ale Brewing's brewmaster Brad Farbstein's tangerine-scented, rye-based pale ale proves that Texas Hill Country can excel at beer as well as barbecue.