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Top brewery in every state in the U.S.



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To celebrate the beginning of American Craft Beer Week on May 16, a week focused on celebrating independent breweries and brewers in the U.S., we’ve rounded up the best craft brewery in every state according to Yelp data. From pilsners and stouts to hazy IPAs and sours, these breweries are serving up ales all over the craft beer spectrum. 

If you’re asking yourself, “what makes a beer a craft beer?”, according to Brewers Association, for a brewer’s beer to be considered craft beer, they must have three attributes and by definition be small, independent, and be a brewer. In the craft beer world, small means an annual production of less than 6 million barrels a year, independent means that less than 25% of the brewery is controlled by a beverage alcohol industry member – that is not itself a craft brewer, and a brewer meaning they have a TTB Brewer’s Notice and make beer.


Alabama (Birmingham) – Good People Brewing

Alaska (Juneau) – Devil’s Club Brewing

Arizona (Phoenix) – Front Pourch Brewing

Arkansas  (Eureka Springs) – Gotahold Brewing

California (Carlsbad) – Pure Project

Colorado (Breckenridge) – Broken Compass Brewing

Connecticut (Salem) – Fox Farm Brewery

Delaware (Milton) – Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Photo by Yelp Elite Jane B

Florida (Islamorada) – Florida Keys Brewing

Georgia (Roswell) – Variant Brewing

Hawaii (Honolulu) – Stewbum & Stonewall Brewing Co.

Idaho (Coeur D’alene) – Daft Badger Brewing

Illinois (Chicago) – Begyle Brewing

If you’re in Indianapolis, I’m not sure you’ll find a better craft beer spot, plenty of solid offerings on tap and a good little kitchen as well.

Yelp Elite kyle p

Indiana (Indianapolis) – Guggman Haus Brewing Co

Iowa (Dubuque) – Jubeck New World Brewing

Kansas (Wichita) – Central Standard Brewing

Kentucky (Lexington) – West Sixth Brewing

Louisiana (New Orleans) – Bywater Brew Pub

Photo by Yelp Elite Julia K

Maine (Portland) – Allagash Brewing Company

Maryland (Hyattsville) – Streetcar 82 Brewing

Massachusetts (Boston) – Samuel Adams Brewery

Michigan (Marquette) – Ore Dock Brewing Company

Minnesota (Moorhead) – Junkyard Brewing Company

Mississippi (Natchez) – Natchez Brewing Company

I was excited to see both a roaster & brewery in one… that excitement was matched with the quality of brews served up in this place. The cream ale is exactly as it should be, full bodied but easy to drink.

yelper Taylor t

Missouri (Kansas City) – Rochester Brewing and Roasting Company

Montana (Whitefish) – Bonsai Brewing Project

Nebraska (North Platte) – Pals Brewing

Nevada (Reno) – IMBĪB Custom Brews

New Hampshire (Littleton) – Schilling Beer

New Jersey (Merchantville) – Eclipse Brewing

New Mexico (Truth or Consequences) – Truth or Consequences Brewing

New York (Brooklyn) – TALEA Beer

North Carolina (Fairview) – Whistle Hop Brewing Company

North Dakota (Fargo) – Drekker Brewing Company

Photo by Noble Beast Brewing on Yelp

Ohio (Cleveland) – Noble Beast Brewing

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) – Stonecloud Brewing Company

Oregon (Bend) – Boneyard Beer

Pennsylvania (Braddock) – Brew Gentlemen

Rhode Island (Pawtucket) – Crooked Current Brewery

South Carolina (Johns Island) – Low Tide Brewing

South Dakota (Sioux Falls) – Remedy Brewing

Tennessee (Nashville) – Southern Grist Brewing

Texas (San Antonio) – Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

Utah (Salt Lake City) – Kiitos Brewing

Vermont (Stowe) – The Alchemist

Virginia (Stafford) – Barley Naked Brewing Company

Washington, D.C. – Other Half Brewing DC

Hands down the best brewery in Seattle! Had the Cold Wave IPA and it’s one of the best IPAs I’ve had in some time. It’s a must if you’re in Seattle.

YelPer jose q

Washington (Seattle) – Georgetown Brewing Company

West Virginia (Bruceton Mills) – Screech Owl Brewing

Wisconsin (Milwaukee) – Vennture Brew

Wyoming (Ten Sleep) – Ten Sleep Brewing Company


*This blog post has been updated with a new brewery for California, as the previous brewery listed is now permanently closed

Methodology: This is an all-time list of the Top Brewery in Every State according to Yelp. We identified businesses in the breweries category on Yelp that brew their own beer, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews. This list looked at businesses in the United States.  All businesses were marked open on Yelp as of April 21, 2022. When available, all businesses on this list have a passing health score as of April 21, 2022.

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