Beer

8 Wired Brewing Co.

Blenheim, New Zealand

Søren Eriksen, a nomadic Danish brewer who finally found permanent ground in New Zealand, quit his career in Biochemistry in September 2008 to focus on commercial brewing.

The name “8 Wired” is a reference to No. 8 wire, a ubiquitous staple in New Zealand. It’s used for all sorts of fixer-uppers — one might call it Kiwi duct tape. It’s seen as a symbol of New Zealanders’ ingenuity, and the beer reflects that quality.

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Achel

Hamont-Achel, Belgium

After a complete restoration, this 1850 brewery was put to use starting in 1998, making it the first new Trappist brewery in Belgium in 1931. Only six Trappist breweries exist in the country and with a yearly production of less than 4,000 hectoliters, Achel is the smallest of the bunch. Much of the brewery’s beers are sold in the abbey café, so when you see a bottle in Colorado, grab it!

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Against The Grain Brewery

Louisville, Kentucky

Located at Louisville Slugger Field, Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse is the city’s premiere brewer owned and operated brewpub. The brewery creates an innovative line-up of beers crafted on one of the country’s only operational, Victorian styled and 3 story ‘showpiece’ brewhouses.

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Almanac Beer Co.

San Francisco, California

Almanac Beer Company is an artisanal brewery focused on farm-to-barrel brewing. Each beer is produced using local ingredients obtained from farms in Northern California. Founders Jesse and Damian craft their recipes specifically to complement local cuisine.

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Amager Bryghus

Kastrup, Denmark

Amager Bryghus is the only brewery on the small island of Amager (pronounced AH-muh), located only a few miles from Copenhagen, Denmark. Each beer proudly touts the namesake of a city on the island of Amager.

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Anchorage Brewing Company

Anchorage, Alaska

Specializing in barrel fermentation with Brettanomyces and souring cultures, Anchorage Brewing Company blurs the line between new and old styles of beer and brewing procedures. Founded in 2011 by brewer Gabe Fletcher, Anchorage is one of the newest breweries to open in Alaska.

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Baird Brewing

Numazu, Japan

Baird Brewing is a family company born of a deep passion for beer and a great reverence for brewing culture. Their motto is “Celebrating Beer,” which means enjoying beer in a way that enhances the overall experience of life. All Baird Beer is unfiltered and undergoes a secondary fermentation after packaging.

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BirrIficio Torrechiara-Panil

Torrechiara, Italy

For over 15 years, the magnificent sour blends from Panil have been convincing the rest of the world that Belgium was no longer the only European country crafting high quality Sour beers. Aged for years in large oak tanks, and triple fermented, the highly sought-after wild creations are modern legends when it comes to beers of this style. Never pasteurized, always complex and intricate, these are stunning beers and some of the best that not only Italy offers but also some of the finest within the category on a worldwide scale.

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Blackberry Farm Brewery

Walland, Tennessee

A modern Farmhouse Brewery located on an actual working farm that sits on a 9,200 acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The beers of Blackberry Farms mimic the efforts of the old-world Saison producers through an honest range of seasonally inspired beers. An infamous inn and venue further showcases it’s place in the world.

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Boneyard Beer

Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon is among the greatest American cities for the quality of its local breweries given the high concentration of quality within such a small area. One of the strongest focal points on this map comes from the company of Boneyard Beer. They know their audience well and happily deliver shovel after shovel of hop-loaded amazement into their rambunctious lineup. Not for the light of heart, or the pour soul that lacks in application for IPAs, Boneyard is a blast of hoppy delight that will leave you stung and itching for more.

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Brasserie Au Baron

Gussignies, France

Produced in a small brewery within a quaint restaurant along the border of France and Belgium, each Au Baron beer uses local hops and malt, and proprietary yeast that adds a flavor unique to the Bailleux family’s beers. Like classic Belgian Saison, Au Baron beers are unfiltered and undergo a triple fermentation in the bottle.

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Brasserie Bourganel

Vals les Bains, France

Christian Bourganel founded his brewery in 2000 in order to showcase local ingredients from the Ardèche region, which is known for its rich agricultural traditions. Approximately 50 percent of French chestnuts come from this small region. The Ardèche chestnut is so important it has its own Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC). The Bourganel brewery incorporates these chestnuts, and other local products, into their beers, which are brewed using the mineral-rich waters from the local volcanic springs.

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Brasserie de Blaugies

Blaugies, Belgium

The story of Brasserie de Blaugies begins in 1988 in a tiny garage brewery built into a cozy farmhouse in the agrarian town of Blaugies. This small family operation, created by Marie-Noëlle Pourtois and Pierre- Alex Carlier, is now run by their eldest son Kevin Carlier and will be passed down from generation to generation. All Blaugies beers are unfiltered and undergo additional fermentation in the bottle.

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Brasserie Thiriez

Esquelbec, France

Underrated, uncanny and unbelievably delicious; Brasserie Thiriez is a defining representation of true localization within modern day brewing. The beers are rustic but focused with energy, lively and inviting all the while teaching the merits of what makes real European Farmhouse Ales so blissful. While located in France, these beers are true Wallonian by their fundamentals of creation. We hate to play favorites but Thiriez just might be near the top of the list…

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Brasserie Trois Dames

Sainte-Croix, Switzerland

In 2003, Raphaël Mettler created Brasserie Trois Dames, named after his “three ladies” at home: his wife and two daughters. Built on passion, Trois Dames beers are created using carefully selected ingredients including malts from Weyermann in Bavaria and Castle Maltings in Belgium, hops from the finest growers in the Spalt region of Bavaria, Kent in England and the Yakima valley in the U.S.

For the past several years, the brewery has been experimenting with wild yeasts found in fruits and wooden barrels. Their trademark is the blend of three fermentation processes: fresh brews, fermented fruit and brews aged in oak barrels.

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Braubacker

Berlin, Germany

With a dedication in helping revive the Berliner Weisse style on German soil, Brewbacker is classic in their approach yet fully representative of a modern day process. Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus are all used in the triple fermentation process and yet the beer has a clean level of acidity with distinct traits of bready wheat flavors. Berlin born (known as BrewBacker in Germany) Braubacker is making sure the Sour Wheat Ale style is here to stay.

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Breakside Brewery

Portland, Oregon

When brewer Ben Edmunds opened Breakside Brewery in 2010 in Northeast Portland, it was a restaurant and nano-sized brewery that required expansion to a 3.5-barrel brewhouse in just over a year. Now, with a 30-barrel brewhouse in Milwaukie, Oregon, Breakside has garnered numerous awards for its IPA and has also gained recognition for its experimental, barrel-aged and sour beers.

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Brewfist Italian Ales

Codogno, Italy

Representing the second wave of forward thinking Italian breweries, Brewfist is firmly planting their feet in the local area and showcasing that great beer can arise anywhere. Spearheaded by a few young friends, the brewery is hopeful to bring styles usually found in America or Belgium to a country that is sparsely known for thoughtful beer styles.

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Brouwerij De Dochter van de Korenaar

Baarle-Hertog, Belgium

The nuances found within a single bottle from this special and somewhat baffling brewery almost take one aback with surprise and delight given the sheer brilliance at hand. De Dochter van de Korenaar isn’t your typical Belgian brewery nor are they comparatively atypical. While being fully immersed within the realm of oak aging (offering an equal desire for the strong and malt driven as much as the intricate wild yeast focused), the brewery also defines their range through delicate, hop driven, lovely beers that are worthy of one’s desert island lists. This is one special brewery that surprises and inspires with a sort of charismatic energy that isn’t typically found within a bottle of beer.

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Brouwerij De Molen

Bodegraven, Netherlands

One of the world’s most highly respected, well versed and knowledge driven breweries; De Molen is perhaps the most important brewery hailing from the Netherlands if not all of Europe. The range of styles brewed and bottled is spellbinding but none are more impressive than their range of stouts and barrel aged offerings. A brewery that backs up all praise and over-delivers with each offering.

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Brouwerij ‘t Gaverhopke

Harelbeke, Belgium

The unassuming and delightfully crafted beers of ‘t Gaverhopke represent the sort of quaint breweries that define the brewing culture within Belgium. True to style, balanced with proper attenuation and yet fully robust with yeast characteristics; the craftsmanship of this small brewery is highly impressive. Sadly, their offerings are not easy to find and we relish in their small bounty every chance we get.

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Buxton Brewery

Buxton, England

Located within the beautiful hillside area of Derbyshire, England, the town of Buxton is known for Stone Age-era settlements and bathhouses and now, one of England’s most impressive breweries. With all respect to the classics of the UK brewing history, Buxton offers American-style hoppy offerings, fruit driven tart beers, bold Stouts and a line of Wild Ales that are truly something special. Quickly proving to be a new household name of English origin; the Buxton Brewery is turning heads with their varied range of delicious creations.

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Cambridge Brewing Company

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Nationally acclaimed and locally cherished, the Cambridge Brewing Company has been reinventing styles and staying one step ahead of the local scene since their inception in 1989. By focusing on high quality craft beers and seasonally inspired New England fare, their pub has gained a following from many states away. Possibly responsible for the Pumpkin-Beer style, CBC can arrange somewhat bizarre beers as easy as they can a well-balanced ipa or a clean and layered herb focused creation. With a respect for the land and the craft at hand, this is an important location within the modern geography of American beer.

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Cascade Brewing

Portland, Oregon

Almost 100% dedicated to sour based beers, Cascade has been instrumental in solidifying the style as one of total importance within the United States brewing scene. Local fruits from the bountiful Oregon growing regions are used whenever possible, spirit barrels contribute to the distinct characteristics of many blends and the overall focus of offering lively, sour, beers defines the creations from Cascade.

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Cervesa Spigha

Alicante, Spain

Spigha is a helping cause of redefining Spain’s beer culture. Just as Switzerland and Italy before it, Spain is undergoing a new resurgence of young breweries that bring something more than just light lagers to the table. Spigha showcase their place in southern Spain by offering Valenica oranges, wild flower honey and even coffee through infusions and blending of ingredients to their small but well crafted range of beers.

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Coniston Brewing

Cumbria, England

The Black Bull Inn and Hotel, located in Coniston, was built around 400 years ago as a coaching inn, providing accommodation for travelers, coachmen and horses.

In 1995, Ian Bradley, the son of the owners of the Black Bull, opened the Coniston Brewing Company at the Inn. Bradley uses only the finest natural ingredients available and local mountain water, earning his beers numerous awards and accolades.

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Copper Kettle Brewing Co.

Denver, Colorado

Copper Kettle is truly one of the standout breweries within the boisterous Denver brewing community. Their selection of expertly crafted beverages has gained quite a fan following since the formulation of the brewery in 2011. While the offerings are always varied, one being a modern rendition of a classic German Lager with another showcasing the heady spice and deeply satisfying richness of Mexican hot chocolate; they are all formulated with a thoroughness that represents true quality.

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Denver, Colorado

Crooked Stave uses traditional brewing methods to pay homage to the old-world styles that result in flavor profiles of extraordinary complexity. Each Crooked Stave beer is fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces, which lends a dry, earthy character, affectionately known as “funk.” Nearly all Crooked Stave beers are conditioned in barrels or oak foeders with a house mixed sour culture, rendering beers with balanced acidity and smooth vinous notes.

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Crux Fermentation Project

Bend, Oregon

Crux Fermentation Project represents all that is possible within the current brewing network. Their creations are almost textbook perfect examples even while a bit of innovation is sprinkled throughout. The hoppy offerings are so fresh and representative of the distinct varieties used, barrel aged strong beers are nuanced with wood flavors standing strong without overwhelming the base style and the line of wild/sour Ales are engaging while still being direct. Crux is an honest American leader within the craft community.

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De la Senne

Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Belgium

The two passionate Belgian brewers behind Brasserie de la Senne, Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq, are dedicated to uncompromised quality. Working on a small brewhouse, the pair honors the traditional ways of brewing beer: unfiltered, unpasteurized, free of any additives and using only the finest raw materials of the highest quality.

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Dieu du Ciel!

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

The tiny Dieu du Ciel! Brewpub has developed an incredible reputation and a devoted following in only a few short years. Not ones to follow a trend, the brewers at Dieu du Ciel are constantly experimenting and creating new recipes.

‘Dieu du Ciel!’ is a common exclamation, meaning ‘God in Heaven!’ more or less, which is undoubtedly the most polite oath you are likely to hear in Montréal – a city with a well-known penchant for turning religious sentiments into profanity.

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Ecliptic Brewing

Portland, Oregon

Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon craft brewing icon. John’s background in one steeped in Oregon’s rich craft brewing history. After beginning as a brewer at McMenamins’ breweries, he moved to Deschutes where he created the recipes for Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout. He spent the next 20 years of his career as a Brewmaster at Full Sail in charge of creating the Brewmaster Reserve line of beers. The creation of Ecliptic Brewing is the next chapter in John’s illustrious career.

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Evil Twin Brewing

Brooklyn, New York

The brainchild of beer aficionado Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, this small gypsy brewery began operations in the summer of 2010 and now brews at 10 different breweries in six different countries. With a vast portfolio, Evil Twin has taken the craft beer world by storm, pushing boundaries and never airing on the side of caution.

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Freigeist

Cologne, Germany

Freigeist is the experimental offshoot of Cologne’s revolutionary small brewery, Braustelle. Brewers Peter Esser and Sebastian Sauer strive to break the chains of the modern mainstream brewing industry by reviving and updating Germany’s unique, historical beer styles, many of which disappeared only a few decades ago.

At a time when the global beer revolution seemed to have been passing Germany by, Freigeist’s edgy, challenging-yet-balanced and drinkable interpretations have helped re-establish the country as a major force in brewing.

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Fremont Brewing Company

Seattle, Washington

Founded by Matt Lincecum in 2009 on the philosophy of “Because beer matters,” this family-owned craft brewery creates small-batch artisan beers using the best local ingredients.

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Gigantic Brewing Company

Portland, Oregon

Gigantic Brewing is an independent, craft brewery in Portland, founded by Ben Love and Van Havig, veterans of the Oregon brewing community. With a vow to “never give an inch,” Gigantic is focused on quality and never quantity. The goal is to “simultaneously create new interpretations of classic styles and to ignore these same style guidelines completely and brew whatever our creative natures produce.”

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Green Bench Brewing Company

St. Petersburg, Florida

Owners Steven Duffy and Nathan Stonecipher are both St. Petersburg natives. Born and raised in this beautiful waterfront city that some are lucky enough to call home, they went to school together at St. Petersburg High. Their passion for this town and their history here allotted them the perfect opportunity to open St. Petersburg’s first microbrewery. While friends in high school and room-mates at the University of Florida they pursued many different interests. Steven graduated with a degree in Building Construction Management and moved to Ft. Myers while Nathan graduated with a business degree in Finance and moved back to St. Petersburg.

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HaandBryggeriet

Drammen, Norway

The ‘Hand’ Brewery – basically four guys brewing in their spare time, on an absurdly small scale – is among the new crop of brewers beginning to appear in Norway. Craft beer is on fire in Scandinavia, but has been slow to catch on in Norway, where specialty brewers still number in single digits. Haand is by far the smallest of the new brewers, but this means that they can take chances in the brewhouse, a 200-year-old small wooden building originally built as horse stables. The brewer’s grandfather then used it as his car workshop, after which it was transformed into a small hosiery factory, and finally into the Haand microbrewery. These former homebrewers are making some very unusual beers here, and are also responsible for resurrecting an ancient Norwegian tradition of brewing a smoked beer spiced with juniper berries.

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Het Nest

Oud-Turnhout, Belgium

More than ten years ago, eight friends started a beer tasting club. Every two weeks they got together to discuss soccer, women, and beer. Their interest in beer grew stronger every year – so strong, in fact, that in 2007 they decided to take up brewing courses. They soon learned to master the fine art of brewing and their first beer, a triple, was born. Their hard work was rewarded with a third-place finish in the Open Dutch Championship for homebrewers. From then on, Het Nest has been the story of eight friends realizing their dream of brewing their own beer. “For the love of brewing fine beers for everyone to enjoy.”

The eight friends behind Het Nest were all born in the city of Turnhout in northern Belgium, a city known for its playing cards. And from playing cards Het Nest.

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Hof ten Dormaal

Haacht, Belgium

When the several centuries old family farmstead fell into the hands of the Janssens family, they had no intention of making beer. But in 2009, that all changed, when the family decided to install a brewery on their grounds in Tildonk, Belgium in order to make their farm more financially sustainable.

Hof ten Dormaal is a nearly 100% self-sustaining brewery – the family grows all their own grain, grow all their own hops, cultivate their own yeast strain, and even power the brewery with rapeseed oil that they themselves produce.

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Hopfenstark

L’Assomption, Quebec, Canada

Hopfenstark, a microbrewery outside of Quebec, produces flavorful, high-quality beers using carefully chosen ingredients. With each batch, Hopfenstark seeks to create an amalgam of tastes from various regions of the world.

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Jandrain-Jandrenouille

Jandrain-Jandrenouille, Belgium

Within the province of Walloon Brabant, just a 45 minute drive east of Brussels is the scenic village of Jandrain-Jandrenouille. Located within this town, and sharing the same name, is another Belgian brewery that can be considered yet another defining pillar that represents the house of Traditional Farmhouse Ales. Different malts allow for each new beer to shine on their own and the use of hops (sometimes American) showcases the brewer’s passion given they work for the Yakima Chief hop consortium.

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Jester King Brewery

Austin, Texas

Defying general categorization while representing what it truly means to focus on all things local; Jester King is a tremendously inspiring brewery. Possibly the best example of current terroir driven beers, all the offerings from Jester King share a makeup that was born from the air and native yeasts around the brew house. Water from local wells, seasonal ingredients forged from the local landscape, a farmhouse brewery almost unlike any other working today. Somewhat mystifying, always intriguing and downright delicious; Jester King is a sensory and nearly emotional experience all its own.

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Dexter, Michigan

Founded by Ron Jeffries in 2004, Jolly Pumpkin is a small brewery just outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Using open fermentation and conditioning in oak barrels, Jolly Pumpkin beers lean towards the subtleness of flavor but with an unmatched depth of character.

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Kerkom

Sint-Truiden, Belgium

The old brewery at Kerkom is the quintessential farmhouse brewery, set amid cherry and pear orchards in the gentle countryside of East Flanders.

Like a number of other small farmhouse brewers in Belgium, Brewer Marc Limet felt compelled to move from amateur brewing to a more commercial operation to counter the general trend of “dumbing down” in Belgian brewing. He takes his time and brews what he likes, and doesn’t use corn sugar, artificial fruit flavors, and other cheap ingredients in order to appeal to the broadest range of dabbling beer consumers.

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Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe

Weissenohe, Germany

In 1050, Benedictine monks founded a monastery along a stream in the beautiful green hills of Franconia, in northern Bavaria, and pretty much immediately began to make beer. The monks called their new home Weissenohe, meaning “along the white stream” — a reference to the unusual concentration of limestone in the water, which proved to be great for brewing. Since 1803, the Winkler family has maintained the brewery and sticks to the traditional way of making beer. At Weissenohe the Reinheitsgebot is still observed, and the beer is made by the traditional, and painstaking, double-decoction method, which is only rarely observed in Bavaria today.

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Kulmbacher Brauerei

Kulmbach, Germany

Known affectionately as “The Secret Capital of Beer”, Kulmbach has a 650-year-old commercial tradition of supplying liquid sustenance for drinkers in the Franconian region of Nothern Bavaria. In the latter part of the last century, the town’s breweries — Kulmbacher Reichelbräu, Kapuziner, Mönchshof, and EKU — merged to form the Kulmbacher Company, which began to dedicate a modest portion of its output towards the export market

Unlike with other similar “consolidated” brewing conglomerations, however, the Kulmbacher Company has allowed each of the merged breweries to maintain its unique character by continuing production of an impressive range of traditional year-round and specialty products. As a result, Kulmbacher offers more than 30 different Franconian-style beers under one roof, available to locals and worldwide connoisseurs alike.

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La Cumbre Brewing

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Since 2010, the goal of La Cumbre Brewing Co. has been to produce beers that represent the absolute apex of the art of brewing. Ready for liftoff? “Get Elevated” with our Great American Beer Festival® gold medal hop masterpiece, Elevated IPA. “Success comes in many forms. For us, it’s the smile that crosses your face, that crosses our co-worker’s face, that crosses our friend’s face, the first sip of a sublime ale, or an exquisite lager. If pride is a deadly sin, we all have a date with destiny.”

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Le Trois Mousquetaires

Brossard, Quebec, Canada

The Three Musketeers- is yet another brewery that gives insights into the boisterous and innovative brewing scene of South-eastern Canada. Hailing from Brossard, Quebec; Le Trois Mousquetaires craft a range of beers that are all nearly inspired by the rich history of Germany. Some are classically driven while others are more specialized in their origin. Each new beer is updated to stand on it’s own from anything found from Europe and allow for this brewery to be seen as a North American pioneer of Germanic fundamentals.

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Le Trou du Diable

Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada

Located in Shawinigan, halfway between Montreal and Quebec City, Trou du Diable, its name translating to “Devil’s Hole,” has been steadily churning out a series of impressive, unapologetic beers since 2010. Some are more sessionable, others higher in ABV, and many aged in wood as part of a growing barrel-aging program.

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Lervig Akitebryggeri

Stavanger, Norway

Founded in the summer of 2003, Lervig produces various lagers, wheat beers, and specialty ales.

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Local Option

Chicago, Illinois

Hailing from the heart of Chicago, the brewing side of the Local Option beer bar offers a brash, in-your-face and down-the hatch approach to craft beer appreciation. They brew with bravado and aren’t afraid to bring a little well placed irreverence to the process of beer making while still respecting the long-standing traditions that inspire them.

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company

Woburn, Massachusetts

Working within a remarkably large 46,000 square foot facility; Lord Hobo is bringing highly quality hop driven options on a scale where scarcity doesn’t have to keep the consumer from actually enjoying the beer. Abrasive with hop intensity, their flagship Boomsauce is gaining quite a following from high octaine and hop lovers alike. Steal This Can offers a more zesty and fresh approach to the ipa category while still being fully engaging from the massive dry-hopping. IPAs are here and Lord Hobo will make sure they don’t go anywhere.

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Mahr’s Brau

Bamberg, Germany

This small family owned brewery has called Bamberg’s Wunderberg home for four generations. Dedicated to tradition, Mahr’s brews nine beers all of which adhere to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.

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Mateo & Bernabé

Logrono, Spain

Mateo & Bernabé are changing the La Rioja region of Spain into a land of great beer. Alberto Pacheco, virtuoso chef and artisan brewer, provides the inspiration for Mateo & Bernabé, the first and only brewery in the area. His dream is to create beers of La Riojan identity from recipes steeped in tradition, each coming with its own unique characteristics of wonderful aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel.

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Melvin Brewing

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Could it be too far fetched to comprehend that a most highly searched for beer with much admiration originates within the barren landscape of northern Wyoming? The tales are true, silent murmurings can now be loud expletives as Melvin’s formulation into an actual full-scale brewery is now at hand. While the world might not need another IPA, we don’t think it can keep turning if it doesn’t receive more from this soon to be legendary brewery. Quick on the draw, always keeping you guessing, 2×4 at hand; Melvin just might redefine a few things in your life….

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Mikkeller

Copenhagen, Denmark

When Mikkel Borg Bjergsø founded Mikkeller in 2006, he was a math and physics teacher playing around with hops, malt, and yeast in his home kitchen in Copenhagen. The homebrew experiments continued with the help of his childhood friend Kristian Keller and the pair began brewing at a larger scale at Danish microbrewery Ørbæk and selling bottles at a shop that Mikkel’s twin brother Jeppe (see Evil Twin) opened in 2005. The rest, they say, is history. Now an internationally acclaimed brewery, exported to 40 different countries, Mikkeller is focused on creating challenging and uncompromising beers.

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Nøgne Ø

Grimstad, Norway

While actively brewing interesting, thoughtful and distinctively Scandinavian styled beers, the beers from the ‘Naked Island’ have actively impressed for almost 15 years. Having seen the ‘Micro’ scene expand and nearly explode, Nøgne Ø still stand strong as an important Norwegian representative among the worldwide brewing audience. Collaborations and friendships have emerged over the years, many well regarded ‘Gypsy’ folks cut their teeth at this GRIMSTAD based brewery. While local fruits and the indigenous Sahti style are of importance, High gravity beers are crafted with expertise; there is even a line of Sake inspired offerings from this innovative location.

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Oakshire Brewing

Eugene, Oregon

Begun in October 2006 by brothers Jeff and Chris Althouse, Oakshire is a 15-barrel production brewery in Eugene, OR dedicated to making fine craft beer. What began as a home-brewing hobby and a love of beer has turned into award-winning beer on draft and in bottles. The name Oakshire represents the two brothers’ core values: Strength, like the enduring Oak; Independence, which fuels innovation; and Community, remembering their place within the whole.

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Oersoep Brouwerij

Nijmegen, Netherlands

Dutch Wild Ales. No longer is the Brett movment simply from the Belgian landscapes or the barrel cellars of America. Breweries focusing on the traits of wild yeast and the intricate subtleties that come with proper management are now emerging throughout the rest of the world. Recently risen from the ‘primordial soup’, Oersoep manages standing with one foot in the landscape of the old and the other in the direction of modern refinement.

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Off Color Brewing

Chicago, Illinois

Owners, John Laffler and Dave Bleitner met while studying at the Siebel Institute, then both interned at Metropolitan Brewing, where in between cleaning floors, equipment, and all other beer interny things, the pair hashed out their plans for Off Color. Now, with a 20-barrel brewhouse, the two have focused on brewing forgotten styles of beer, particularly those made in Germany before the Bavarian Purity Law (Reihheitsgebot) that condemned styles of beer not made solely with barley, water, and hops.

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Omnipollo

Stockholm, Sweden

From the vibrant city of Stockholm comes a young, idealistic brewery with a lofty goal: “To change the perception of beer… forever”. Omnipollo constructs beers with a purpose, aiming to produce the kind of thought provoking flavors that both satisfy and inspire. Each has a story worth telling, whether it’s of a fresh idea or even fresher hops.

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Aix-noulette, France

The brewers of St. Germain see themselves also as defenders of the hop flower, in opposition to the brewing orthodoxy of their region. That region, French Flanders, lays claim to France’s ancient Bière De Garde tradition. While time has allowed these beers to become less about the bitterness and more about sweeter malt flavors, St. Germain (and a few other French counterparts) are re-establishing the interest in beers that are fully flavored with local hops. Named in honor of Hildegard of Bingen, one of the first writers to document the qualities and flavors of the hop plant.

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Perennial Artisan Ales

St. Louis, Missouri

Established in 2011, Perennial brews beer with the adventurous drinker in mind – focusing on handcrafted, small batches of beer, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients as much as possible.

Perennial’s beers are influenced mostly by Belgian and American craft styles, but the addition of premium ingredients such as fruits, spices or wild yeast strains causes the beers to defy traditional categories. The brewery’s barrel aging program features a wide variety of beers aged in wine and spirits barrels, ranging from a Rye barrel-aged Mexican Chocolate Stout to a wild yeast-fermented Saison aged on Missouri wine grapes in French oak wine barrels.

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Prairie Artisan Ales

Tulsa, Oklahoma

A company started by two brothers. They wanted to do something that was awesome. They have the talent, and most importantly the years of experience needed to get it done. So they did it. They have funded the company on their own, and only want to work with people that care about beer, super good beer. Their goal is to show people what is possible when you start with “step one”.

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Renaissance Brewing Company

Blenheim, New Zealand

Situated within New Zealand’s south island (among the vineyards in the heart of Marlborough wine country) in an area called Blenheim is a brewery that helped changed the route of brewing history for their country. Renaissance Brewing began in 2005 by a pair of friends looking to bring a bit of the California hoppy styles to a country that was lacking in representation. Using only the finest waters from the southern alps and hops grown almost in their backyard, Renaissance Brewing create intricate beers that are full of flavor without and great examples of their place in this world.

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Ridgeway of Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire, England

The story of Ridgeway starts with the end of another story. It’s a sad tale, the closing of the venerable Brakspear brewery in Henley-on-Thames, where the most famous and surely the best bitter in England had been made for centuries. The brewery, in operation since 1779, was sold off in 2002 in parts to make room for an upscale hotel, and everyone who worked there was let go. For beer lovers, the closing was not a complete disaster. Thankfully, Brakspear’s master brewer, Peter Scholey, was determined to strike out on his own. He set up shop as Ridgeway Brewing, not far from Henley, and has been putting out beers so good they could almost make you forget Brakspear altogether.

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Ritterguts

Hartmannsdorf, Germany

More than 1,000 years ago, the Holy Roman Emperor Otto praised the “Goslarische Bier,” or “Gose” — the beer from the town of Goslar, in what is now Saxony in eastern Germany. A mere 700 years later, the nearby city of Leipzig saw its first Gose-tavern open for business. (Apparently this was a necessity, as the other local beers at this time were condemned as “undrinkable.”) By the first half of the 19th century, Leipzig, along with its suburbs, had become the de-facto center of Gose production, as the popular new, clean “pilsner” beer began to replace Gose as the drink of choice elsewhere in the region. The relatively archaic, funky, and unpredictable local specialty went into a continuous decline, until its virtual disappearance by the 1960s.

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Siren Craft Brew

Wokingham, England

From Siren: “The Sirens of Greek mythology would entice mariners with their magical songs. Their voices would entwine into a complex, layered melody. At Siren Craft Brew, we work in a similar way, combining four ingredients that interact together in magical ways to create our ales. Each beer is individual, overflowing with flavour, aroma, and texture. Each holds its own secret. Each is a little dangerous.”

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Slaapmutske

Melle, Belgium

Once the head brewer of the Delirium line of beers, the owners of the ‘Sleeping Cap’ brewery are focused on offering a line of beers that fall in line with the stronger sort of Belgian based beers. Efficiently brewed at the legendary De Proef facitily, the beers are true to style and full of vibrant yeast profiles. They have recently begun a sour program and their Xmas beer is always in high demand when the season arises. Tip your cap and doze off…

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Societe Brewing Company

San Diego, California

Taking a step back from the traits of blatant hop intensity found among the San Diego brewing scene, Societe offers a range of numerous styles that all speak of balance. Some are Belgian inspired but forego the cloying sugar attributes while others are dark and strong but still with a grace that is worthy in seeking out. The line of ipas and hoppy beers are on a level almost all their own. Formulated as being highly drinkable and wonderfully pure with hop aroma and flavors, the lupulin driven beers from Societe are an interaction that surely can’t be missed.

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Stillwater Artisanal

Baltimore, Maryland

For Brian Strumke, the gypsy-brewer mastermind behind Stillwater, art is not a sum of actions but rather an approach to life. Stillwater Artisanal travels the world to collaborate with other like-minded artisans, blending innovation with time-honored tradition to bring forth ales of unique character and deep complexity.

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Struise

‎Oostvleteren, Belgium

The name Struise has roots in the Flemish word for “ostrich” — the brewers also manage an ostrich farm near the French border in West Flanders — and the Dutch word for “sturdy,” hence the brewery’s nickname: the sturdy brewers.

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The Ale Apothecary

Bend, Oregon

The dedications from The Ale Apothecary almost can’t be summarized into words. Merging the mystifying traits of Lambic with the heartfelt dedications of a man obsessed with a craft give a glimpse into the world of this solely unique entity. A world was created where all beer is born with the influence of oak, a range of flavors seemingly forged form the surrounding woodlands, nature’s influence is tamed and allowed to thrive in the form of wild yeasts and native cultures of bacteria. The truth from the Apothecary is blatant and yet the beers are something so special one can’t help but question what is at hand…

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The Monarchy

Cologne, Germany

Sebastian Sauer (a possibly sleep deprived and high energy German visionary of Freigeist infamy) created a line of beers that were to reanimate the lost styles of Germany’s past. Focusing on flavors that haven’t been found in beers for hundreds of years, The Monarchy’s line up are bold, intricate, sometimes challenging and always remarkable in their range of complexities. Smoke and sour meet with common partnership; spicy and herbal emerge as a singular flavor all while being distinctly old-world in their honesty. These beers are not easily replicated.

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Timothy Taylor's Championship Beers

Keighley, West Yorkshire, England

If there was a brewery that could best be bottled up and sent to give further insight to the true classics of English brewery, it would certainly be those from Timothy Taylor. While cask beer is always the truth, the few bottled offerings from this brewery are delicate with biscuit and snappy notes that make up proper English beer. Timothy Taylor is the teacher that offers a lesson with each pint.

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To Øl

Copenhagen, Denmark

Gypsy brewing isn’t what it used to be. Taking things to another level, and adding a strong stance as the curator of these crafts; To ØL are unapologetic with their formulations. Forward thinking, almost always with a little tongue and cheek interspersed, the labels on each bottle are almost a sensory experience on their own given the intricate layering and surreal imagery. One of our favored creators among the Danish brewing circuit; ‘TO BEER’!

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Westbrook Brewing Co.

Mt Pleasant, South Carolina

From Westbrook: Westbrook Brewing is a craft brewery in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Our mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and generally awesome beer possible. We love experimenting with different ingredients and brewing techniques, and we hope you’ll have as much fun drinking our beer as we do making it.

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Yeastie Boys

Wellington, New Zealand

The Yeastie Boys — Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie — are the dynamic duo of New Zealand’s craft beer scene. They burst onto the beer landscape with two trophies for their flagship porter Pot Kettle Black at BrewNZ 2009 and have remained firmly ensconced there ever since. It isn’t just the catchy name and innovative beers that they’re coming up with — it’s that the beers are really, really good. The Yeastie Boys say that they stay ahead of the game by being food- and drink-lovers first and foremost and postmodern craft beer cult heroes on the side. In fact, the brewing business is a part-time gig for both Stu and Sam, who have day jobs in unrelated industries.

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