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Craft Beer: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Breweries, Bars, and Experiences

Craft Beer: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Breweries, Bars, and Experiences

Craft Beer: A Guide to the Best of the Best

The Craft Beer Revolution

Craft beer has taken the nation by storm, with thousands of breweries and beer enthusiasts eager to explore the vast variety of flavors and styles available. From hoppy pours to Belgian beers, there’s something for every palate.

Best Beer Bar: O’Brien’s Pub, San Diego, California

Established in 1994, O’Brien’s Pub is a San Diego institution known for its extensive tap list featuring Belgian beers, hoppy pours, and rare finds from around the globe.

Best Beer City: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Home to world-renowned Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids boasts a vibrant beer scene with over 80 breweries in the surrounding area. The city’s “Beer City Ale Trail” connects visitors to a wide range of craft beer experiences.

Best Beer Club: Your Beer Friend

For those seeking a curated beer journey, Your Beer Friend offers a monthly subscription box featuring six unique craft beers, tasting cards, and access to virtual events led by knowledgeable cicerones.

Best Beer Festival: Barrel & Flow Fest, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Celebrating Black-owned breweries, Barrel & Flow Fest brings together industry professionals and enthusiasts for a weekend of collaboration and camaraderie.

Best Beer Garden: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten, Charlotte, North Carolina

Nestled among towering trees, this sprawling beer garden offers a diverse selection of beers and German-inspired cuisine in a picturesque outdoor setting.

Best Beer Label: Liquid Crush, Liquid State Brewing Company

This New England IPA’s eye-catching label design depicts a captivating sunset over the ocean, complementing its refreshing flavors of stone fruit, citrus, and tropical fruit.

Best Brewery Tour: Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Tröegs Independent Brewing offers a comprehensive hour-long tour that showcases the entire brewing process, including the mill room, hop cooler, and fermentation cellars.

Best Brewpub: Dewey Beer Co., Dewey Beach, Delaware

Just steps from the Atlantic Ocean, Dewey Beer Co. delights visitors with its diverse tap list, hearty entrees, and handhelds.

Best New Brewery: Seedz Brewery, Union Pier, Michigan

In the quaint town of Union Pier, Seedz Brewery is making waves with its focus on locally sourced hops and malt, and its unique slow pours that create the perfect pint.

Best Small Town Beer Scene: Cody, Wyoming

Nestled at the gateway to Yellowstone, Cody’s burgeoning craft beer scene features taprooms serving Outlaw Justice Pale Ale and Sage Creek IPA, along with craft beer-infused pizzas at Millstone Pizza.


Dustin is a writer about craft beer and a professional brewer in the city of Chicago. He has written for several magazines and has over a decade of experience in the beer industry. He is currently working on a book about the history of beer in Chicago.