Love beer? Now’s a good time to head to the USA - the trend for craft beer has seen a huge increase in the number of independent breweries throughout the country. Craft brewing began in the mid sixties in the USA. Since then the growth of artisanal beer has been phenomenal, with thousands of independent breweries now brewing Stateside. Here's where you’ll find some of the best small, independent breweries.
The BarrelHouse Brewing Company in California
defiantly claims it brews its 'beer for the people, not judges'. With names like Curly Wolf, Resilience, and Sunny Daze, the company is largest family owned and operated craft brewery in San Luis Obispo County. It began life in a garage – don't all good businesses in California? – is fiercely independent and specialises in sour and non-sour barrel-aged beers. You'll find its largest taproom a couple of hours' drive away in Visalia
, in the heart of the largest agricultural area in the USA. The 12,000 square foot space has two stages, a massive beer garden and 26 taps of BarrelHouse beers. Other craft breweries to visit en route to Sequoia National Park include Sequoia Brewing Company and Visalia Brewing Company on Main Street.
Alexandria's Port City Brewing Company has recently been voted best small brewery in the US and its award winning beers can be enjoyed throughout Alexandria's Old Town
. Alternatively try the brewery's tasting tour in Alexandria’s West End, where events include food trucks, live music and, erm, beer yoga.
Set in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing Company is the perfect stop to experience delicious food and a vast selection of award winning craft beer. Visitors can book a spot in the private Kettle Room nestled in the tasting room of the on-site brewery. Surrounded by an eclectic array of wall art, the dedicated table service provides guests with four outstanding courses paired with award-winning beers.
In the North of Chicago, in Chicago’s Logan Square, Revolution Brewing is now the largest independent brewery in Illinois
. Beer devotees can choose from IPAs, porters, pilsners, Belgian-style, pale ales and barrel-aged beers.
Located in a beautiful, 13,000sqft 1940s warehouse in downtown Athens, Georgia,
Creature Comforts brewery was recently named one of the ‘Best New Breweries in the U.S.’ Its Tropicália beer is known to sell out almost immediately! Sample one-off creations during its Curious Tuesdays events.
St Louis, Missouri
You might know it as the home of Budweiser and the world famous Anheuser-Busch brewery
, and today, St. Louis is home to a number of craft breweries and brewpubs who draw on the city’s history of beer barons and brewmasters. There are now more than 60 craft breweries brewing craft beers including Urban Chestnut
and 4 Hands Brewery
Scratch Brewing Company located just outside Ava, Illinois
is a microbrewery specialising in foraged beer. Working in a 1920s farmhouse, its beers are distinctly local as all of the ingredients are form in Southern Illinois; its forest-grown ingredients include walnuts, black trumpet mushrooms, sassafras and vanilla leaves.
One of Virginia’s
most well-known brands, Devils Backbone Brewery, recently opened an Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen in Lexington which now houses its custom-built brewery and outdoor beer garden.