Microbreweries and smaller craft brew operations have been sweeping the nation over the past decade or two. Many of these breweries now produce some of the best beer you can find. If you’re tired of those substandard suds made by the big brands, be sure to check out these companies that cater to the more refined beer connoisseur or those looking for some bolder flavors. Their distribution might not be nationwide, but they make great local quaffs when you’re in their neighborhoods. Here are 15 of the best small breweries in the US.
1. Stone Brewing Company, Escondito, California
Founded in 1996, Stone Brewing Company is most famous for its Stone Pale Ale. Their limited releases include a Smoked Porter infused with vanilla beans, a Coffee Milk Stout, and Do These Hops Make My Beer Look Big. Don’t miss their bourbon barrel-aged Arrogant Bastard Ale. Known for is innovative style, unique collaborations and reliably great beers, Stone Brewing Company also features tours that are popular with travelers.