Alabama’s rich and deep history compels locals and visitors alike to explore its cultural heritage and to seek out its undeniably delicious southern cuisine. The Heart of Dixie also has a burgeoning craft brewery scene with 26 active breweries and at least 13 more on the way, due in part to friendlier alcohol laws. America’s Best Beer recently honored the three best breweries in Alabama, all of which represent the state’s up and coming status in the world of American craft beer.
The friendly community of Gadsden lies along the Coosa river and is home to Back Forty Beer Company. The award winning brewery was named after the historical agricultural term for the portion of a farm located furthest away from the barn, consequently the back forty acres were sometimes overlooked. Their flagship Truck Stop Honey is an English Brown Ale brewed with Alabama Wildflower Honey and is rumoured to keep the good times rolling. For a bit more of a punch, the amply hopped Freckle Belly IPA should definitely not be overlooked..
In the Magic City of Birmingham, the Good People Brewing Company churns outs a variety of highly acclaimed beers from their popular Snake Handler IPA to their full bodied and muscular El Gordo Imperial Stout, part of their rare Bearded Reserve series. Since their first beer sale in 2008, the good people at Good People have been brewing some of Alabama’s most critically acclaimed brews.
And coming out of the north in the Rocket City of Huntsville, community driven Straight to Ale is comfortably enjoying its new and expanded brewpub and brewery at Campus No. 805. From their hoppy yet extremely drinkable Monkeynaught IPA to the highly decorated Unobtanium, a Barrel-Aged Old Ale which comes in at 11.5%, their selection covers a wide range of flavors and styles. They offer tours on Saturdays at 2pm..
Keep an eye on Alabama’s craft beer scene as new and interesting breweries continue to emerge. The Alabama Craft Beer Festival held August 12-14, 2016 in Florence provides a wonderful opportunity to taste a variety of the best Alabama brews.
Vote for the best brewery in Alabama at America’s Best Beer. Current contenders include the breweries above and Avondale Brewing Co., Cahaba Brewing Co., Fairhope Brewing Company, Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Trim Tab Brewing Co. and Yellowhammer Brewing. Voting is open through November 11, 2016.
America’s Best Beer releases list of each state’s best breweries
SEATTLE, WA, July 20, 2016 - To find the best beer in American beer, over 800 breweries were analyzed and the results combined with an online poll to determine the top breweries in each state. The complete list is available online. List of America’s best breweries.
There are more than 4000 breweries in all corners of America, ranging in size from Anheuser-Busch’s 142-acre megacomplex in St. Louis, MO which makes million of barrels of beer every year to locally-owned microbreweries. With more breweries opening every day and the desire for more delicious and interesting beer on the rise, inquiring minds want to know … what are the best breweries in America?
Using historical data from 3 major beer competitions, 2 online beer rating websites, the results of an extensive online poll and countless ground truthing samples, the best breweries in America have been determined through a combination of beer judging experts, public opinion and math.
They combed through bushels of beer data to curate a list of each state’s top breweries. Then augmented the results with time tested American voting in order to select the three best breweries in every state. With the addition of 3 breweries from Washington, D.C. and 3 extra from California (because of its general brewery dominance) 156 American breweries stood out above the rest of the crowd.
From the vast expanses of Alaska’s wild north to the tropical beaches of Hawaii; from the high alpine, snow-capped peaks of New England to the sun drenched, low lying lands of the Deep South, a diverse selection of quality American breweries saturate the USA.
Is a seasonal brew from 49th State Brewing Company (Healy,AK) different from one at Wynwood Brewing Company (Miami, FL)? Could the IPAs at Maine Beer Company (Freeport, ME) possibly vary from ones at Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego,CA)? Would the Pub Ale from the middle of our country at Tallgrass Brewing Company (Manhattan, KS) define American beer, or is it a starting point to embrace the variety of styles and tastes? You make the call.
Drink American Beer.
So without further ado here are the winners.
The best breweries in America by state:
Back Forty Beer Company, Gadsden
Good People Brewing Company, Birmingham
Straight to Ale, Huntsville
49th State Brewing Company, Healy
Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau
Midnight Sun Brewing Company, Anchorage
Core Brewing Company, Springdale
Diamond Bear Brewing Company, North Little Rock
Ozark Beer Company, Rogers
Barrio Brewing Co., Tucson
Four Peaks Brewing Company, Tempe
Lumberyard Brewing Company, Flagstaff
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego
Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., Buellton
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles
Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico
Stone Brewing Co., Escondido
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder
Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins
Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont
Back East Brewing Company, Bloomfield
New England Brewing Co., Woodbridge
Two Roads Brewing Company, Stratford
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton
Fordham & Dominion Brewing, Dover
Mispillion River Brewing, Milford
Cigar City Brewing, Tampa
Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park
Wynwood Brewing Company, Miami
Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah
SweetWater Brewing Company ,Atlanta
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens
Big Island Brewhaus, Waimea
Kona Brewing Company, Kailua-Kona
Maui Brewing Co., Kihei
Boise Brewing, Boise
Grand Teton Brewing, Victor
Laughing Dog Brewing, Ponderay
Half Acre Beer Company, Chicago
Revolution Brewing, Chicago
Two Brothers Brewing Company, Warrenville
3 Floyds Brewing Co., Munster
Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Fort Wayne
Sun King Brewing Company, Indianapolis
Great River Brewery, Davenport
Peace Tree Brewing Company, Knoxville
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company, Decorah
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Topeka
Free State Brewing Company, Lawrence
Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan
Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse, Louisville
Country Boy Brewing, Lexington
West Sixth Brewing, Lexington
Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville
Great Raft Brewing, Shreveport
New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company (NOLA), New Orleans
Allagash Brewing Company, Portland
Baxter Brewing Co., Lewiston
Maine Beer Company, Freeport
Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick
Heavy Seas, Halethorpe
Union Craft Brewing, Baltimore
Cisco Brewers, Nantucket
Tree House Brewing Company, Monson
Wormtown Brewery, Worcester
Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo
Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids
Short's Brewing Company, Bellaire
Mankato Brewery, North Mankato
Summit Brewing Company, St. Paul
Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis
Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, Kiln
Lucky Town Brewing Company, Jackson
Southern Prohibition Brewing, Hattiesburg
4 Hands Brewing Co., St. Louis
Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City
Mother's Brewing Company, Springfield
KettleHouse Brewing Co., Missoula
Lewis & Clark Brewing Company, Helena
Empyrean Brewing Co., Lincoln
Nebraska Brewing Company, Papillion
Zipline Brewing Co., Lincoln
Brasserie Saint James, Reno
Great Basin Brewing Co., Sparks
Tenaya Creek Brewery, Las Vegas
7th Settlement Brewery,Dover
Smuttynose Brewing Company,Hampton
The Portsmouth Brewery,Portsmouth
Carton Brewing Company, Atlantic Highlands
Flying Fish Brewing Company, Somerdale
River Horse Brewing Company, Ewing
La Cumbre Brewing Company, Albuquerque
Marble Brewery, Albuquerque
Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford
Great Adirondack Brewing Co, Lake Placid
Carolina Brewery, Chapel Hill
Foothills Brewing, Winston-Salem
Wicked Weed Brewing, West Asheville
Fargo Brewing Company, Fargo
Laughing Sun Brewing Co., Bismarck
Souris River Brewing, Minot
Choc Beer Company, Krebs
Coop Ale Works, Oklahoma City
Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa
Columbus Brewing Company, Columbus
Fat Head's Brewery, North Olmsted
Hoppin' Frog Brewery, Akron
10 Barrel Brewing Co., Bend
Barley Brown's Beer, Baker City
Rogue Ales, Newport
Fegley's Brew Works, Allentown
Sly Fox Brewing Company, Phoenixville
Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey
Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, Westerly
Revival Brewing Company, Cranston
Holy City Brewing Company, Charleston
Thomas Creek Brewery, Greenville
Westbrook Brewing Company, Mt. Pleasant
Crow Peak Brewing Company, Spearfish
Firehouse Brewing Company, Rapid City
Wooden Legs Brewing Company, Brookings
McHale's Brewhouse, Chattanooga
Wiseacre Brewing Co., Memphis
Yazoo Brewing Company, Nashville
Austin Beerworks, Austin
Community Beer Company, Dallas
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston
Epic Brewing Company, Salt Lake City
Moab Brewery, Moab
Uinta Brewing Company, Salt Lake City
Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend
Lawson's Finest Liquids, Warren
Long Trail Brewing Company, Bridgewater Corners
Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond
Port City Brewing Company, Alexandria
Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen, Bellingham
Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle
Fremont Brewing, Seattle
Big Timber Brewing Company, Elkins
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, Maxwelton
Mountain State Brewing Co., Thomas
Central Waters Brewing Company, Amherst
New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus
Titletown Brewing Company, Green Bay
Black Tooth Brewing Company, Sheridan
Snake River Brewing, Jackson
Wind River Brewing Company, Pinedale
3 Stars Brewing Company
DC Brau Brewing Company
Right Proper Brewing Company
Polls close today, November 20, 2015, at midnight. Please vote for the best brewery in your state!
Question of the day, are all votes equal or is there less value to votes that have invalid email addresses?
Number of the week ... $107 billion!
That is how much Anheuser-Busch InBev (World's largest brewing company, headquartered in Belgium - making Budweiser, Corona, Stella Artois, etc.) will pay to purchase SABMiller (World's 2nd largest brewing company, headquartered in London - making Miller, Fosters, Grolsch, etc.)
The new company will be based in Belgium and produce about 30 percent of the global beer market. It will be called ABIgBeerScABM, which means Global Lager Domination in a regional dialect of Afrikaans spoken mainly in select Brazilian beer forests.
Support American breweries and treat someone to an American beer on this fine Friday! And ask your local brewer what they think about this merger.
Oh, and just 3 more days to vote your favorite brewery - be awesome and vote!
There are now 230 breweries in Michigan and 3 new breweries have been added to their list. Congratulations to Dragonmead Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Cafe & Brewery, and Odd Side Ales!
Drink Michigan Beer!
We all have our own opinions about what constitutes "the best beers", check out what Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine thinks. It is a well written article that captures some of the GABF experience.
The prestigious World Beer Cup will hold a medal ceremony on may 30, 2016 in Munich, Germany.
2016 World Beer Cup European Awards Ceremony - Prost!
The great american beer festival will be held in Denver, CO on October 6-8, 2016. It may be a little too much, but it is the good kind of a little too much.
GABF 2016 -
Check out the winner of the Great American Beer Festival on their official website:
2015 GABF winners