The Daily Meal, the world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site, just unveiled the 2015 edition of its "50 Best Craft Breweries in America" — just in time for National IPA Day, August 7. To arrive at this definitive ranking, The Daily Meal asked readers and craft beer lovers to weigh-in with a survey unlike any other they had curated before.
“With hundreds of American craft breweries to choose from, it felt like an impossible task to determine the best,” said Lauren Gordon, managing editor at The Daily Meal, who spearheaded the project. “It’s like asking folks to choose their favorite star in the sky or their favorite petal on a flower; each is beautifully unique and appealing in its own way.”
The list started with last year's roster of best craft breweries, enhanced with more than 4,000 write-in submissions from Daily Meal readers for breweries that didn't make the list. We whittled this number down to 585 breweries from more than 20 states. Some 2,200 beer lovers voted on their choices, with an eye to taste and variety. When the results were tabulated, California was still king of craft brews, as it was last year, but there was a rise in Michigan spots, as well as those from Ohio and Colorado. Another cool trend? Out of the five New York-based breweries, three of them call Brooklyn home.
Did your favorite American brewery make the cut? You can let The Daily Meal know which brewery on the list is your favorite — or if we missed one that you love — by tweeting @TheDailyMeal using the hashtag #50bestbreweries.
Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kan.
Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Decorah, Iowa
Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, La.
Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City
Yuengling, Pottsville, Pa.
Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle
Terrapin Brewing, Athens, Ga.
Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa, Okla.
Alaska Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska
Dark Horse Brewing Company, Marshall, Mich.
Smuttynose Brewing Company, Hampton, N.H.
Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Md.
Jester King Brewery, Austin
AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego
Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn
Tröegs, Hershey, Pa.
Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland
Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Mo.
21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
The Bruery, Anaheim, Calif.
Bear Republic Brewing Company, Healdsburg, Calif.
Evil Twin Brewing, Brooklyn
Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, Ore.
Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver
Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn
Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.
Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, Ill.
The Alchemist Brewery, Waterbury, Vt.
New Glarus Brewing Company, Green County, Wis.
Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, N.Y.
Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.
Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, Colo.
Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.
Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colo.
Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.
Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine
New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.
Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.
Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego
Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
Stone Brewing Co., San Diego
Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif.
Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, Del.
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