Breweries

Brewing started out as a cottage industry, with production taking place at home. But by the ninth century farms and monasteries began to produce beer on a larger, commercial scale. Today breweries vary greatly in size and production capacity—brewpubs function as pubs or restaurants and make their own beer to sell to customers, while major brewing companies like Anheuser-Busch can employ as many as 150,000 people. Conversely, microbreweries produce small amounts of beer and are usually independently owned. Check out our guide to breweries to find a nanobrewery in your state or to learn where to buy monk-brewed Trappist ale.

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This Brewery Is Completely Ignoring Western European Brewing Traditions

Denver’s Dos Luces Brewery is making beer with blue corn, like the Incas and Aztecs did in pre-Columbian America.

Asheville's Ambitious Brewers Are Pushing the Boundaries of Beer

The city's experimental brews include wild peach lager, Thai green curry-inspired beer, and a porter painstakingly recreated from a 1922 recipe.

Smuttynose Brewing May Be on Its Last Legs

In another blow to midsize brewers, the beloved brewery is desperately seeking a buyer.

A New England Brewery Road Trip

New England is ideal for so much more than leaf peeping this time of year. It is home to some of the best beer in America. As a style, the hazy New England IPAs born out of the region have exploded and there is fine barrel-aged work being done up and down the East Coast. But unless you have an extra couple week’s of vacation, it’s nearly impossible to get to every worthwhile stop in New England, especially when breweries like the Alchemist and Hill Farmstead are up in the hinterlands of Vermont near the Canadian border. Here, an easier beer trail—a brewery road trip you can make on a long weekend that’s mostly one easy shot up highway 95 with just a couple brief detours.

A Craft Beer Crawl Down the Pacific Coast Highway

Also known as Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway route runs along most of California’s coast. Over 650 miles in length, it stretches from the north in Mendocino County all the way to the south in Orange County. It’s surely the country’s most scenic road trip route, but you’ll want to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel—the PCH is often single-lane and usually twisting and turning right on the edge of a cliff. One false move, or one strong beer, and you could soon be swimming. That makes it all the more vexing that traversing the PCH, top to bottom, is one heckuva trip for the beer traveler. Here are the craft beer stops you should make (with plenty of time in between, obviously). – Aaron Goldfarb

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The Quintessential Midwest Brewery Roadtrip

Maybe it’s all the grain, or the football, or the wholesome appreciation for life’s best things—whatever the reason, the Midwest is home to some of America’s best breweries. This is not news; beer lovers drool over many of the region’s ales, even if they’ve never made the trek to the area. But hey: modern roadways allow for easy weekend trips to these brewpubs (provided you buckle up and designate a driver.) Below, check out some of the greatest breweries east of the Mississippi. —Claire Luchette

5 of Today's Best Midwestern Breweries

Stephanie Izard and Gary Valentine call out a few of their favorite breweries in the Midwest.