When it comes to beer, there's a lot of talk about bubbles - and we don't mean carbonation. By the latest stats, the number of breweries in the United States has nearly doubled from 1,625 in 2010 to 3,040 today. Not everyone's excited: at the last Craft Brewers Conference, Brewer's Association director Paul Gatza shared woeful tales of tasting bad new beers, followed by a stern warning to fledgling breweries: "Don't f- it up." These 25 breweries are not yet five years old, but they definitely aren't f-ing it up; in fact, they're making craft beer better than they found it. Innovative, creative, and passionate, they more importantly set the standard for quality. Some are industry vets who know how to do things right; others are newbies who figured it out in short order. All of them should be on your radar.
August 27th, 2014