Alaskan Brewing Co. Winter Ale
Handpicked Sitka spruce tips give this rich, vintage-dated winter ale from Juneau's Alaskan Brewing Co. a pretty floral note.
Maine Beer Company Peeper Ale
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.
Nimbus Old Monkeyshine
Tucson-based Nimbus Brewing Company's beers, like this English-style strong ale, are bottled on a 1950s Coca-Cola line.
Diamond Bear Pale Ale
The staff at Little Rock's Diamond Bear Brewery is so small that it solicits volunteers from the community to work the bottling line. Their pay: beer, like this ultra-refreshing pale ale.
Two Brothers Can and Ebel Red Rye Ale
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.
Real Ale Brewing Full Moon Pale Rye Ale
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.
Bell's Two Hearted Ale
This piney, grapefruity ale from legendary Galesburg, Michigan brewer Larry Bell is one of the country's top beers. Try it at the brewery's aptly named Eccentric Café in downtown Kalamazoo.
Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale
For this toffee-scented beer, Lazy Magnolia brewer Leslie Henderson infuses earthy brown ale with roasted pecans.
The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery Brown Ale
Paul Philippon, a former philosophy professor, has made his name by producing exceptional dark beers at The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery, like this toasty brown ale.
Wild Heaven Ode to Mercy Imperial Brown Ale
This dense, malty brown ale from Wild Heaven is brewed with a blend of coffee beans from local Athens, GA roaster 1000 Faces Coffee.