The best local breweries in each state

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Looking for an excuse to head to the nearest bar after work? Look no further: September 28 is Drink Beer Day. Celebrate this important national holiday the right way by skipping the brand-name beers and hitting up a local brewery. Not only do local spots capture the charm of the area, they also often offer an extensive range of craft beers.

So raise your glass to these local favorites in each state, churning out some of the country’s best beer.

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Alabama: Band of Brothers Brewing Co.

Address: 1605 23rd Avenue, Tuscaloosa

Details: Brothers Jeremiah and Jeremy Donald learned to brew beer from their grandfather, opening what is now the largest taproom in Tuscaloosa. At their brewery, they produce favorites like Monk on the Radio, a Belgian strong ale, and Voodoo, a mild ale.

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Alaska: Devil’s Club Brewing

Address: 100 North Franklin Street, Juneau

Details: With spot-on snacks (including a brie grilled cheese), a well-designed industrial space, and, of course, delicious beers, Devil’s Club has everything you could want in a local brewery. Rotating taps are always fun, but their Signature IPA is dry and citrusy and perfect for an Alaskan evening.

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Arizona: Oak Creek Brewing Co.

Address: 2050 Yavapai Drive, Sedona

Details: Sedona’s only combination production brewery and brewpub has been serving up pints for over 20 years. Enjoy live music, delicious food and favorites like the Oak Creed Prosperity Porter and the Oak Creek Pale Ale.

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Arkansas: Bike Rack Brewing Co.

Address: 410 Southeast 8th Street, Bentonville

Details: Bike Rack Brewing Co. was started by five friends who wanted to create a place to celebrate their love of craft beer and biking, so they opened Bentonville’s first brewery on one of the city’s most popular bike trails. Today there’s no better way to relax after a long ride than with a Slaughter Pen IPA and Epic Trail Amber. (You’ll be even more relaxed knowing your bike is protected when you have bicycle insurance. Just saying.)

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California: Lost Coast Brewery

Address: 1600 Sunset Drive, Eureka

Details: Make sure to take a tour of this expanded brewery, and then get a pint of Great White, their original Belgian-style white ale, from the taps where it was born.

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Colorado: Upslope Brewing Company

Address: 1501 Lee Hill Road, Boulder

Details: This Boulder-based brewery makes delicious beers that quench your thirst—season specials like the Pumpkin Ale are favorites, but the Upslope Craft Lager is a tried and true classic — and 1% of can sales benefit freshwater conservation.

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Connecticut: Firefly Hollow Brewing

Address: 139 Center Street, Bristol

Details: This brewery is a bit hidden, located in the side of a hill. Come to this spot for the live music from local bands, and make sure to try a Toadstool Oat Stout before you go.

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Delaware: Midnight Oil Brewing

Address: 674 Pencader Drive, Newark

Details: Come here for the late hours and the carefully-crafted beers. Order a Sundown Saison for a nice, refreshing taste.

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Florida: Saltwater Brewery

Address: 1701 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

Details: Head to Saltwater Brewery to enjoy a Screamin’ Reels. You can also pick up six pack from the brewery, each packaged with biodegradable rings made out of barley and wheat ribbing, to prevent harming the wildlife.

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Georgia: Red Hare Brewery

Address: 1998 Delk Industrial Boulevard, Marietta

Details: Breweries aren’t just for adults — Red Hare brews two different types of sodas for their underage guests. And for the adults, try the Gangway IPA or Gem City Classic. (We know — going out with kids can be expensive. Here are some tips to save while still having fun.) 

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Hawaii: Kohola Brewery

Address: 910 Honoapiilani Highway, #55, Lahaina

Details: A bit off the beaten path, but once you arrive grab a Lokahi Pilsner or one of their limited release beers. Kohola Brewery is a BYOF location, so bring as many snacks as you can carry.

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Idaho: Payette Brewing Company

Address: 733 South Pioneer Street, Boise

Details: This local spot is known for their experimentation — make sure to try their perennial series, which includes four types of beer aged for 12 months in oak barrels.

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Illinois: Goose Island Brewing Company

Address: 1800 West Fulton Street, Chicago

Details: The brewery responsible for the craft beer explosion in Chicago, Goose Island churns out hundreds of cases of beer a day and sponsors over 60% of the city’s street festivals. Try the innovative Bourbon County Brand Stout.

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Indiana: 3Floyds Brewery

Address: 9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster

Details: The famous spot in Northwest Indiana is known for both its outstanding beer and Sanantic art imprinted on its bottles. Try the seasonal IPA Apocalypse Cow, which is augmented with lactose milk sugar. 

Fun fact: It’s illegal in Indiana to flirt for a free drink — and that’s not the only strange law out there.

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Iowa: Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

Address: 310 College Drive, Decorah

Details: Whether you are a lager fan or prefer barrel and wood aged ales, this local spot has it all. Try the pseudoSue or the Golden Nugget, an IPA with hints of tropical fruit.

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Kansas: Hank is Wiser Brewery

Address: 213 North Main Street, Cheney

Details: You are probably wondering who Hank is — he’s the owner, who retired from a two-decade sales career to pursue his love of brewing craft beers. Hank made himself a beer expert before brewing his first batch, trying more than 5,000 different beers and visiting more than 400 breweries across the country.

Interested in brewing your own beer? Here’s how to decide if it’s worth the investment.

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Kentucky: West Sixth Brewery

Address: 501 West Sixth Street, Lexington

Details: This Southern brewery has a large number of beers, including taproom exclusives. On Sundays, they offer a free tour of the brewing room, a 100-year-old building was formerly a bread factory. Try the limited release Snake Eye, which has hints of chocolate, caramel and coffee.

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Louisiana: Gnarly Barley Brewing Company

Address: 1709 Corbin Road, Hammond

Details: Gnarly Barley offers free brewery tours and is both kid- and pet-friendly. Popular drinks include the Jucifer IPA and the Peanut Butter Korova Milk Porter. Come on your birthday and get a free pint on the house. 

Looking for more freebies? We got you covered: Here are some free things you can get this fall. 

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Maine: Allagash Brewing Company

Address: 50 Industrial Way, Portland

Details: Allagash is known far and wide for it’s crisp, refreshing IPAs. You can’t go wrong with the Allagash White—and if you have a free afternoon, take the Grand Cru tour: an extensive three-hour tour through the brewing facility.

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Maryland: Balt County Brewing

Address: 10950 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley

Details: Everyone knows good beer is only half the appeal of a brewery – the other half is the food! In addition to beers like the Marylan’ With Pride IPA, BCB has a full menu, complete with tacos, loaded fries and french toast sticks.

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Massachusetts: Dorchester Brewing Co.

Address: 1250 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Details: Dorchester Brewing is dedicated to giving customers something to do while they drink. Their events calendar is chock full of activities, from a donut popup to pizza and game night to Oktoberfest to Trivia Tuesdays.

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Michigan: Bell’s Brewery

Address: 8938 Krum Avenue, Kalamazoo

Details: You’ve probably heard of Bell’s Two Hearted Ale by now, so why not take a visit to its birthplace? Bell’s has two different breweries in Michigan, and both provide tours and tons of beers to enjoy while you’re there.

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Minnesota: Voyageur Brewing Company

Address: 233 West Highway 61, Grand Marais

Details: This local brewery uses freshwater right from the neighboring lake in their brewing process, giving a crisp, refreshing taste to all their beers. Try the creamy Trailbreaker, a Belgian Wheat beer with hints of orange.

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Mississippi: Chandeleur Island Brewing Company

Address: 2711 14th Street, Gulfport

Details: Chandeleur Brewing Company is an homage to the long stretch of island where the company’s twin-brother founders loved to fish for redfish and speckled trout. Drawing on the island theme, “Chandy” brews tropical offerings, like its pineapple-wheat beer and its guava jelly sour ale, which is made with guava puree.

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Missouri: Crane Brewing

Address: 6515 Railroad Street, Raytown

Details: Crane Brewing’s forte is its experimental brewing, crafting hybrids from a number of unusual flavors. Sip on fruity seasonal beers brewed with kumquats, beets, or gooseberries, or try the Tea Weiss, which reimagines a German classic by combining it with locally grown rooibos tea.

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Montana: Great Northern Brewing Company

Address: 2 Central Avenue, Whitefish

Details: Enjoy a cold brew for a good cause. Great Northern Brewing Company’s Pints With Purpose program gives back to the community by donating $1 of every pint (or glass of wine) it sells to local nonprofits. Grab a can of the Good Med Montana Red Ale, an aromatic homage to the “spirited lifestyle of Northern Montana.”

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Nebraska: Thunderhead Brewery

Address: 18 East 21st Street, Kearney

Details: As only brewery in town, Thunderbird offers a space to play pool, eat a mean pizza, watch the game and drink beer aged in a whiskey barrel. Try the company’s take on the Russian Imperial Stout called “Your Argument is Invalid.” If that doesn’t work for you, Thunderhead also brews an Imperial IPA called “I Concede the Point.”

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Nevada: Tonopah Brewing

Address: 315 South Main Street, Tonopah

Details: At Tonopah, savor slow-cooked brisket and pork with a beer brewed in the traditional Bavarian method. Sip on the Hefeweizen-style Half-Life, which carries notes of banana and cloves, or its fruitier sister, the Yankee Girl, for added pomegranate flavor.

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New Hampshire: Able Ebenezer Brewing Company

Address: 31 Columbia Circle, Merrimack

Details: All the beers at this local spot in Merrimack are inspired by actual historical events — if you are an IPA fan, this local spot is for you. 

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New Jersey: Carton Brewing

Address: 6 East Washington Avenue, Atlantic Highlands

Details: A household name in New Jersey, Carton Brewing puts out the popular everyday IPA Boat Beer. Feeling adventurous? Try the Sundae special — it’s a stout aged with walnuts and maraschino cherries.

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New Mexico: La Cumbre Brewing Company

Address: 3313 Girard Northeast and 5600 Coors Boulevard, Northwest C1, Albuquerque

Details: It wasn’t hard to make La Cumbre Brewing Company our top pick and not just because its name literally means “the top” in Spanish. Try the Elevated IPA, a hoppy take on a classic American pale ale, or go all in with the A Slice of Hefen Beer, as delicious as it sounds.

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New York: Other Half Brewing Company

Address: 195 Centre Street, Brooklyn

Details: This brewery built a cult following using social media to amass customers all over the five boroughs. All beers are covered in a colorfully designed can, and have dreamy names like “Mosaic Daydream” and “Frame of Mind.” 

If you are a local looking for a good brew or a tourist looking for a local spot, make sure you follow these tips before you venture into the city.

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North Carolina: Boojum Brewery Company Taproom

Address: 50 South Main Street, Waynesville

Details: This brewery gets its namesake from the myth of Boojum, a beer-loving monster who lived in a mountain and stole from the miners. A couple of miners tracked him down and discovered his lair, finding a jug of beer and the recipe for an IPA, which they now brew here inhouse. Fruit lovers should try the Honey Baby Sweetie, which is layered with blueberries, boysenberries and passionfruit.

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North Dakota: Drekker Brewing Company

Address: 1666 1st Avenue North, Fargo

Details: Coen Brothers fans should be sure to visit this local Viking-inspired brewery. Want some caffeine with your hops? Try the Irish red ale Coffee Rudder, which is infused with freshly roasted coffee beans. They’ve also got sour beers on tap, like the Brain Freeze Paradise Punch or Techno Viking.

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Ohio: Urban Artifact Brewery

Address: 1660 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati

Details: Built in the lower level of a historic church in north Cincy, this enclave of good music and delectable sour beer is a place to check out. Try the Keypunch, a Gose with key lime zest and key lime juice, giving it a tart finish.

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Oklahoma: Prairie Brewpub

Address: 223 North Main Street, Tulsa

Details: Try the seasonal Christmas Bomb! while you’re here – an imperial stout that’s housed in wooden barrels for several months with delicious vanilla and caramel notes. Not the biggest beer drinker? Check our their extensive cocktail and wine list — which, budget or not, could be worth the splurge

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Oregon: de Garde Brewing

Address: 114 Ivy Avenue, Tillamook

Details: de Garde is unique with their process, called spontaneous fermentation – literally pulling wild yeast from the air instead of using industrial yeast – to brew their tasty offerings like Citra House, a wild ale with coriander, orange peel and sea salt..

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Pennsylvania: Brew Gentlemen

Address: 512 Braddock Avenue, Braddock

Details: This brewery’s founders use a combination of Japanese philosophy and Zen Buddhism to inspire the elegant and balanced taste behind their brews. Next you find yourself in this stunning taproom, try General Braddock’s American IPA.

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Rhode Island: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Address: 63 Canal Street, Westerly

Details: This local spot took up home in an old postal building in 2010, and has been brewing ever since. Check out the Captain’s Daughter Double-IPA, a regularly rotating brew with pilsner malt, tropical fruit flavor and a strong hop aroma. 

Up for exploring? A half-hour drive away is Exeter, a historical agricultural town. Here’s a list of other small towns that should be on your bucket list

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South Carolina: Holy City Brewing

Address: 4155 Dorchester Road, North Charleston

Details: There are plenty of taste bud treats on the menu here, like the Toolbox Full of Rainbows (an amber/red ale) and the Sparkly Princess (an American IPA), but it’s the Overly Friendly IPA we think you must try. Named by an intern who was inspired by how friendly the local people are, this brew just feels like home. There’s an enhanced version — the Muy Amigo IPA — that includes cilantro, jalapeno and pineapple.

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South Dakota: Lost Cabin Beer Company

Address: 1401 W. Omaha Street, Rapid City

Details: No matter your preference, you’ll find a beer at this taproom you’re bound to enjoy. There’s a light German lager called the Father-in-Lager, a Scotch ale called the Lord Grizzly and a passion fruit pale ale called Juicy Bruce.

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Tennessee: Bearded Iris Brewing

Address: 101 Van Buren Street, Nashville

Details: If you like fruit beers, you can’t miss the Mood Ring, a double IPA with hints of vanilla and raspberries. If you’re looking for a light beer that will help you feel like you’re on a beach in Mexico, try the Forecast, a Meixca-style lager that has a hint of salt and lime.

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Texas: Saint Arnold

Address: 2000 Lyons Avenue, Houston

Details: With a great selection of year-round beers, including the Fancy Lawnmower and Pub Crawl Pale Ale, you can’t ever go wrong here. But there are also some great seasonal beers that rotate — come winter, look out for The Cut with Bread Pudding, a Christmas ale with vanilla and cinnamon.

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Utah: Wasatch Brewery

Address: 250 Main Street, Park City

Details: This is a pretty iconic (and favorite) brewery in the state, not only because it was the first in Utah or because the founder of Wasatch played an instrumental part in getting brewpubs legal here (even though both things are fantastic). But locals love their cleverly punny and absolutely delicious craft brews, like the Polygamy Porter and Provo Girl, or the seasonal delight of the Snowbird IPA.

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Vermont: The Alchemist Stowe

Address: 100 Cottage Club Road, Stowe

Details: One of the biggest breweries in the Green Mountain State, this local brewery in Stowe attracts tourists from all around the country hoping to try their famous IPA Heady Topper — ranked number one on BeerAdvocate, an online beer enthusiast community.

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Virginia: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Address: 2408 – 2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond; 820 Sanctuary Trail Drive, Richmond; and 1000 West Main Street, Charlottesville

Details: Best friends Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh bonded over their mutual love of craft beer and opened the giant brewing facility in Richmond’s historic German brewing district—and have now expanded to a few locations for beer lovers to visit. With fall right around the corner, try the Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin, a Wallonian-style ale brewed with pumpkin and spice.

Beer not your thing? Check out these six must-visit wineries, one of which is in Amherst County, Virginia.

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Washington: Fremont Brewing Company

Address: 1050 North 34th Street, Seattle

Details: Not only can you try some of Seattle’s best IPAs at this local spot — like the Universal Pale Ale or Interurban Pale — but you can also get complimentary pretzels. If the weather’s nice, make sure to grab a seat outside in the beer garden so you can enjoy the Summer pale ale in style.

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Washington, D.C.: DC Brau

Address: 3178 Bladensburg Road Northeast, Washington, D.C.

Details: Anyone who’s been inside a grocery store in the nation’s capital has seen the distinctive label of a DC Brau IPA — it’s the first packaging brewery in D.C. since 1956. Try the popular The Public, a bitter ale with citrus and grapefruit aromas.

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West Virginia: Chestnut Brew Works

Address: 444 Brockway Avenue, Morgantown

Details: This small brewery got its start in the woods of southern Monongalia county, but, backed by popular demand, moved into the heart of Morgantown. Check out Your Best Hoption, which is quite hoppy, as the name suggests.

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Wisconsin: 3 Sheeps Brewing Company

Address: 1837 North Avenue, Sheboygan

Details: This spot in Sheboygan has the best name, and the best beer names as well: from “Really Cool Waterslides” to “Baad Boy” to “Hello, my name is Joe.” This brewery pushes the boundaries of what can go into beer, from coffee to honey to green peppers.

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Wyoming: Melvin Brewing Alpine Taproom

Address: 624 Co Road 101, Alpine

Details: A favorite of the area, Melvin Brewing is worth the trip. Check out the 2X4 DIPA, which has won a medal at the World Beer Cup (who knew this was a thing?).

Looking for other ways to explore your state? Check out this list of the best coffeehouses in each state.

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