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The Best Beer Spot in Every State

There are plenty of great places you can grab a cold one.

Nothing hits the spot quite like a delicious beer. Sure, you can always pick up a six-pack at your local liquor store, but if you're looking for a beer that's unique, high-quality, made from locally sourced ingredients (or all of the above), breweries are where it's at.

Craft breweries have risen in popularity over the past few decades, which means that many have seriously stepped up their game in order to stand out. From tried-and-true classic IPAs and ales to seasonal brews to unique offerings created by brewmasters, a visit to a brewery has become such a popular experience that many offer tours and tastings to help visitors navigate their expansive beer selections.

Thanks to reviews and feedback from locals and tourists alike, as well as a look at some award-winning beers and breweries, we put together a definitive list of the best spot to get a beer in every state across the U.S. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

ALABAMA: Good People Brewing Company in Birmingham

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Matt P./ Yelp

Located in the heart of Birmingham, the menu at Good People Brewing Company includes tried-and-true favorites like Snake Handler IPA, Pale Ale, and The Bearded Lady American Wheat Ale, in addition to seasonal brews. Reviewers describe this spot as "the perfect atmosphere for a cold beer right in the heart of Birmingham" and "an all-around fun place to hang out." One customer even noted they're not normally a beer drinker, but "found most of the beers to be really good."

ALASKA: HooDoo Brewing Company in Fairbanks

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Brian R./ Yelp

Alaska native Bobby Wilken got a top-notch brewing education in Germany and Chicago before returning to his hometown to open HooDoo Brewing Company. The HooDoo Stout is a favorite and animal lovers will want to stop by on Saturdays—the brewery hosts an adoption drive for local shelters each week.

"Great atmosphere, [lots of] locals, and 'beer tasting?' This place was the bomb," wrote one reviewer, while another sang the praises of its "great beer [and] friendly staff."

ARIZONA: Superstition Meadery in Prescott

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Denise K./ Yelp

Superstition Meadery ships its beers all over the country, but nothing beats going to the tasting room in Prescott. The owners take their mission statement "to reintroduce the world's oldest fermented beverage to mankind" very seriously. During the past decade, they've introduced over 300 meads and hard ciders.

"What an absolutely amazing experience," raved a customer who was visiting from out of town. "The ambiance was great but the servers and staff are really what [pushes] it over the top. They were all so friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable."

ARKANSAS: Lost Forty Brewing in Little Rock

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A.P./ Yelp

This brewery embraces its location and serves up brews that are uniquely Arkansan like Love Honey Bock, which is made with Arkansas honey. Visit the onsite taproom to sample fresh brews. If you get hungry, order from the food menu which is designed to complement Lost Forty's brews. (Homemade bratwurst, anyone?)

"Not only is Lost Forty producing the best beer in Arkansas, [but] they are brewing some of the best beer in America," wrote one regular. "I have been to the brewery several times now, and it has always been a terrific experience. The beer is great, the food is phenomenal, and the staff is spectacular."

CALIFORNIA: Lagunitas Brewing Company & Beer Sanctuary in Petaluma

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Kathryn Y./ Yelp

This lively taproom serves up everything from its flagship IPA to other popular hops like the Hazy Wonder. Lagunitas is also known for its rotating selection of seasonal brews.

"Our line of robust seasonal beers is designed to provide an ever-changing variety to those ever-curious palettes. They all fit the season. They are all large beers," says the official website.

But don't just take their word for it—listen to the happy customers.

"Their beer selection is always rotating and always has some real good additions to try," wrote one reviewer. "Don't forget to grab some crowlers of fresh draft beer to take with you."

Another reviewer recommended ordering a flight so you can sample the multiple delicious options. Can't go wrong with that!

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COLORADO: Great Divide Brewing Company in Denver

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Brian M./ Yelp

Great Divide Brewing Company is a Denver mainstay, which opened in 1994 with just a staff of one. Today, it's considered the best brewery not just in Denver, but in the entire state. It also deserves praise for its commitment to brewing in the most eco-friendly way possible.

"Great Divide has plenty of space, is located in an easy-to-find spot, has incredibly friendly employees, has a few board games, and hosts a free tour every hour," wrote one reviewer. "There wasn't one beer I drank that I didn't like." The reviewer noted they were particularly fond of the strawberry rhubarb and the Wood Werks.

CONNECTICUT: Fox Farm Brewery in Salem

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Patrick D./ Yelp

Fox Farm Brewery specializes in New England IPA and a range of German-inspired lagers, brewed right on site in a beautiful area of Connecticut. Reviewers love taking in the gorgeous views as they enjoy their drinks, which one regular customer described as "the best IPAs in Connecticut."

"Beautiful brewery and even better beer," wrote another regular. Customers seem to especially love the Burst IPA.

DELAWARE: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton

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Lilliana R./ Yelp

Dogfish Head recently opened a new location in Rehoboth Beach, but the brewery itself is in Milton. Guests can visit the distillery for a tour and a tasting, and the friendly, knowledgeable staffers are happy to teach you how to pair different flavors with foods ranging from fruits to meats.

"Most people are familiar with their IPA found in liquor stores and bars across the nation, but visiting the brewery allows you to sample several specialty and unique options," wrote one reviewer. "Visitors can get four free samples; I chose two IPA, a peach Belgian, and a chocolate lobster option. No regrets!"

FLORIDA: Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park

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Angelica G./ Yelp

Funky Buddha Brewery offers everything from traditional styles to experimental ales, with the goal being to "make beers that create an experience" and remind people to celebrate creativity and being different. Talk about embracing the motto "good vibes only!"

"I love the Funky Buddha Brewery. Not just because they have one of the best selection of beers, but also because they brew a ton in-house," wrote one reviewer. "The atmosphere is awesome for going after work to grab a beer or taking a huge group of friends for your birthday party."

Other customers said they enjoyed the selection of games, which ranges from Jenga to Cornhole.

GEORGIA: Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta

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Monday Night Brewing/ Yelp

This beloved Atlanta brewery has an unlikely backstory: In 2006, a small Bible study group decided to brew beer together as a way to get to know each other. Once other locals got wind of it, they jumped on board and the rest is history. Be sure to try the Blind Pirate Double IPA.

Reviewers love the colorful indoor and outdoor spaces and sing the praises of the staff, "who are clearly happy with where they work."

"They have a great patio, lots of indoor seating, board games and shuffleboard (pre-COVID), rotating food options from a local establishment, and a huge screen to watch the game-of-the-day," wrote a regular. "They have some staple beers and fantastic seasonable options. Night Moves, a double IPA, is my current favorite but I know that no matter which beer I try here, I'm bound to be pleased."

What more could you ask for?

HAWAII: Kauai Beer Company in Lihue

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Janice C./ Yelp

This family-owned neighborhood microbrewery is known for its artisan craft beers and an atmosphere designed to feel like you're relaxing at a friend's home. Favorites include Lihue lager, a blend of traditional and tropical flavors, and Black Limousine, which is the very first beer brewed by Kauai Beer Company.

"Bravo to this brewery [for its] craft and producing both good quality beers and food. Highly recommend!" wrote one happy customer.

IDAHO: Grand Teton Brewing in Victor

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Emma W./ Yelp

Grand Teton Brewing has the distinction of being the first brewery in America to introduce the modern growler. Be sure to try their Sweetgrass American PA—it won the top prize in the Great American Beer Fest.

"Great spot to drink a beer and enjoy the sunshine," wrote one customer. "Staff is very knowledgeable and helped us choose drinks we would enjoy." Another declared "you will never find in the USA a more friendly atmosphere and great tasting beer!"

Plus, you can see the Grand Tetons from the patio. An added bonus!

ILLINOIS: Half Acre Beer Company in Chicago

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Tait L./ Yelp

Half Acre Beer Company has two brewery spaces in Chicago, each of which has a taproom and a kitchen tailored to the particular neighborhood. If you're looking for an outdoor beer garden, be sure to go to the Balmoral location. Half Acre offers year-round beers in addition to seasonal and one-off brews.

Reviewers describe it as a "great chill spot for local brews" and say the double and triple IPAs are favorites.

INDIANA: Deviate Brewing in Indianapolis

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Ryan S./ Yelp

One of the most popular spots in Indianapolis, Deviate Brewing lives up to its name. The owners take a unique approach, like using classic food flavor pairings as inspiration for a beer. An example? Both the Watermelon Mint Ale and the Blueberry Tarragon Ale.

When it comes to classic beer styles, those are made with a twist, like a Peanut Butter IPA or the Hawaiian Imperial Stout with coconut and coffee.

"Their beer is fantastic and they always change their beers on a regular basis to provide a variety to its customers," wrote one regular, while another noted that "anyone can find a beer that pleases them [at Deviate]. The staff is helpful if you feel a bit overwhelmed."

IOWA: Big Grove Brewery and Taproom in Solon

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Quan D./ Yelp

Big Grove Brewery is home to award-winning craft brews and an outstanding food menu, which can be tough to find at a brewery. They also host special events and live music.

"Five stars all around for Big Grove! The staff [is] super friendly and knowledgeable about their beers (and doing an awesome job cleaning & managing their new pandemic procedures)," wrote one reviewer. "The beer is fabulous, and we loved how you could buy 5oz pours to build your own flight."

KANSAS: Radius Brewing Company in Emporia

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Abdullah S./ Yelp

This small brewing company offers up homemade beers made with only the best ingredients.

"Beer was beyond great," wrote a happy customer. They noted that, in their group, one person had a flight, another had an Amber Wheat, and others had the Port. The one thing they all had in common? They loved their drinks.

"They make a wide variety of beers, but IPAs and Saisons are really where they shine," wrote a regular, providing an insider tip.

KENTUCKY: West Sixth Brewing in Lexington

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Kevin Q./ Yelp

Head to West Sixth Brewing to sample its beloved beers—and you can do so guilt-free, because the brewery donates six percent of its annual net profits to philanthropic causes. Located on the Lexington Brewgrass Trail, you can also take an hour long tour which, of course, includes free samples of West Sixth's mainstay brews.

"You could tell that a lot of care was put into the brewing process," wrote one customer, while a regular said that, "All the beers at west sixth are fresh and the quality of [the] brews are spectacular."

LOUISIANA: Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville

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Bayou Teche Brewery/ Yelp

The brewmaster behind the magic at Bayou Teche Brewing spent six years in Germany researching local beers and testing how they pair with local cuisine. This brewery's goal is to serve beers that complement the cuisine and lifestyle of Creole and Cajuns.

Reviewers who don't normally like IPAs enjoyed the ones at Bayou Teche, and one customer summed up the sentiments of everyone: "Straight up win!!!"

"Delicious cold beers and great outdoor seating plus live music. The perfect trifecta!" wrote another.

MAINE: Allagash Brewing Company in Portland

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Anne-Margaret S./ Yelp

Allagash Brewing Company has the distinction of being New England's oldest Belgian-style brewery. Today, it's one of the largest breweries in the state, and Allagash is committed to sustainability and inclusivity. It offers free tastings and tours, the latter of which need to be reserved through their website. Reviewers highly recommend the tour.

"Amazing beer and atmosphere. I've had the opportunity to sit down with a few employees on numerous occasions and they rave how amazing it is to work there and be a part of that team," wrote a regular customer. "I enjoy supporting a company that supports each other."

MARYLAND: Union Craft Brewing in Baltimore

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LaToya E./ Yelp

Union Craft Brewing is a favorite among locals, who enjoy drinking beer and playing a game of cornhole. Brewery tours are free and the seasonal selection changes up frequently.

"I love this place so much," wrote a regular. "The beers are incredible, and that goes without saying. The Gose is my absolute favorite, and you can bring home a growler of anything they have on tap OR you can buy cans." They also noted that events are free and include outdoor movies and live music.

MASSACHUSETTS: Tree House Brewing in Charlton

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Yani C./ Yelp

If you've never heard of Tree House Brewing, there's a good reason for that: the beers are only available at the breweries, which now have five locations.

Tree House boasts seven of the top 25 beers in America as voted by BeerAdvocate reviewers. Although you can't go wrong, Julius (an IPA) is considered a must-try.

"I can not say enough about the beer. The best IPAs out there," wrote one reviewer, while another declared, "Tree House beer is hands down the best beer I have ever had."

MICHIGAN: Bell's Brewery (Multiple Locations)

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Kristen M./ Yelp

Larry Bell sold his very first craft beer in Kalamazoo in 1985 and it was all uphill from there. Bell's Brewery has been described by Michigan beer expert Ben Darcie as "the cornerstone of the Michigan beer industry."

MINNESOTA: Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth

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Laura M./ Yelp

Bent Paddle Brewing makes all of its beer using water from Lake Superior. Customers love the Coffee Nitro Stout, Amber Ale, and 45 Degree Ale.

But you really can't go wrong.

"I have never had a Bent Paddle beer I didn't like," wrote one reviewer. "Top notch beer made by top-notch people." The tour was also recommended by many reviewers.

MISSISSIPPI: Lazy Magnolia Brewery in Kiln

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Alicia S./ Yelp

The oldest brewery in Mississippi, Lazy Magnolia offers a wide selection of beers. Their most popular are Jefferson Stout, which is a sweet potato cream stout, and South Pecan, a Brown Ale made with pecans.

"I absolutely love this place! They always have solid beers on tap and amazing new beers rotating through," wrote a reviewer. She, along with many others, also recommended the tour.

MISSOURI: Kansas City Bier Company in Kansas City

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Linda O./ Yelp

When in Missouri, head to Kansas City Bier Company to taste their authentic German brews. This brewery features both a tasting room and a Biergarten that's open to families. Be sure to try the Festbier, a traditional brew that's served every year at Oktoberfest in Munich.

"Amazing brewery! Awesome beer, great atmosphere. Service is fast and attentive," wrote one reviewer, while another described the Biergarten as "a jewel."

MONTANA: Blackfoot River Brewing in Helena

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Blackfoot River Brewing/ Yelp

At Blackfoot River Brewing you'll have your choice of a wide variety of hand-crafted beers served up in 12 oz. glasses or sampler trays. This brewery also sells growlers to go.

"From its classic community taproom feel to the quality ingredients they use, this place is a standout brewhouse," wrote one reviewer, while another described the beer as "top-notch."

NEBRASKA: Boiler Brewing Company in Lincoln

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Boiler Brewing Company/ Yelp

Located in downtown Lincoln's historic Grand Manse building, this brewing company offers a rotating selection of beers, mead, and cider. Brewmaster Tim Thomssen has won a number of honors, including the 2015 Sam Adams LongShot Award. He was also named High Plains Homebrewer of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as Midwest Homebrewer of the Year in 2014 and 2015.

"I would come back here again and again in the future," wrote a new customer. "The Pink Passion Mango Tango Mimosa Gose is the best beer that I have had in a long time and I love the fact that they make good usual beers, like the IPA and Stout, as well as more unusual stuff like both of the Gose [options.]"

NEVADA: CraftHaus Brewery in Henderson and Las Vegas

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Kerry N./ Yelp

Inspired by European breweries, CraftHaus Brewery has a fantastic atmosphere thanks to its open space, colorful decor, and comfy seating. CraftHaus has been named Reader's Choice for Favorite Local Brewery in Las Vegas Weekly and Nevada's Greenest Brewery and Best Family Owned Business in Nevada Entrepreneur Magazine.

"The beers were fabulous. Unlike any other brewery I've been to. This place feels upscale and artsy. Fun and new," wrote one reviewer, who recommended ordering the Sparks of Joy and a charcuterie board.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Stoneface Brewing Co. in Newington

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Paul M./ Yelp

The three New Hampshire natives who founded Stoneface Brewing Co. had a simple goal: to brew the types of beers they'd like to drink. Based on the reviews, they hit the mark. Some of the most popular selections include Stoneface RIS (Russian imperial stout) and the Hopulization double IPA.

"The beer is consistently great, with a variety of options to please everyone's palate. Some of my favorites are the Level Up (IPA), Full Clip (IPA), and All the Raspberries and Blackberries (Berliner Weisse)," wrote a local reviewer who frequents Stoneface. "Some of the recent releases such as the Imaginary Cartwheel (IPA) and the Imperial Berliner Weisse with Cranberry and Orange have also become a favorite."

NEW JERSEY: Kane Brewing in Ocean Township

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Brenda C./ Yelp

Co-owned by award-winning home brewer Michael Kane, Kane Brewing only serves up recipes that have been written or approved by Kane. Its three flagship beers are the Head high IPA, Overhead DIPA, and Sneak Box pale ale, and the boozy stouts are also popular.

"My experience at Kane was overwhelmingly positive!" wrote one reviewer. "I started with a flight of beer and tried simplicity, cloud cover, mosaic punch, and head high. Cloud cover was easily my favorite followed by mosaic punch. Overall the Belgian beers were great. The line was short to order and the service was excellent!"

NEW MEXICO: La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque

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Julie R./ Yelp

Best known for the Great American Beer Festival gold medal hop masterpiece the Elevated IPA, La Cumbre Brewing Company also offers year-round favorites and seasonal specials. Hang out in the taproom and play pool and foosball, get a bite to eat at the local food trucks that come by every day, and enjoy live music with your beer on Saturday nights.

"Fantastic beer selection, great service, and chill but [the] hopping atmosphere, indoor and a great outdoor seating area," wrote one reviewer, while others praised the customer service and the hazy IPA.

NEW YORK: Gun Hill Brewing Company in Bronx

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Josh G./ Yelp

This Bronx brewery is known as the spot to get New York's most creative, interesting, and (of course) top-notch beers. Favorites include blonde ales brewed with watermelon, pink lemonade sours, and peanut butter stouts. Reviewers say Gun Hill is the perfect place to try new beers.

"This hidden gem in the Bronx is awesome if you are into beer, old school hip hop, and amazing food," wrote a Brooklynite who says it's definitely worth the trek uptown. "The bartender was great with the recommendations, so don't be overwhelmed if you are a newbie to this."

NORTH CAROLINA: Wooden Robot Brewery in Charlotte

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Wooden Robot Brewery/ Yelp

Owned by brewmasters who have been friends since middle school, Wooden Robot Brewery serves up Belgian-inspired brews. Good Morning Vietnam, a coffee vanilla blonde ale, is a favorite, but be sure to take a tour to get a taste of the seasonal beers this farmhouse brewery has to offer.

Reviewers also praise the atmosphere, with one customer describing it as "a great place to sit, have a beer and watch the games or people watch from."

NORTH DAKOTA: Drekker Brewing Company in Fargo

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Steve L./ Yelp

Founded by locals who wanted to share their love of beer with their community and anyone visiting Fargo, Drekker Brewing Company is known for its Viking-inspired signature brews including The Ryesistance, the Techno Viking (a Berliner Weisse), and Igor's Horn (a black IPA).

Reviewers are often praising Drekker's sours and "smoothie" beers.

"The drinks were terrific as was the service. They have a large indoor and outdoor space with board games, lawn games, and pinball machines," wrote one visitor from out of town. "We loved checking out the beers and playing some nostalgic pinball while we were in town!"

OHIO: MadTree Brewing in Cincinnati

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Tammy Q./ Yelp

In addition to serving up amazing craft brews, MadTree Brewing is a standout due to its commitment to the Cincinnati community and the environment. This brewery helps fund community projects, offers customers the opportunity to volunteer alongside its team, and donates one percent of its sales to non-profits focused on environmental sustainability.

In keeping with its mission, MadTree has a unique, beautiful interior complete with moss walls and plenty of plants. "Excellent spot to grab a delicious drink and eat delicious food," wrote one reviewer. "I really like the extra effort they put into making this place look nice and be comfortable for the visitors."

OKLAHOMA: Roughtail Brewing Company in Oklahoma City

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Mary Margaret M./ Yelp

Roughtail Brewing Co. specializes in hops, and the double IPA Hoptometrist and resinous hops are standouts. Reviewers also recommend Everything Rhymes with Orange, a hazy IPA, and the Apple Brandy Stout. After just four years in business, Roughtail became so popular it expanded and has opened locations in Texas and Kansas.

OREGON: Crux Fermentation Project in Bend

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Mike R./ Yelp

Located in an old warehouse, this Oregon brewery is known for its tasting room, which features long farmhouse tables that encourage mingling and conversation amongst customers.

Reviewers can't say enough good things about Crux thanks to the brewery's expansive beer selection, stunning views of the Cascades, and friendly staff. Some of the most popular selections include the Nitro Stout, the Winter Ale, and the Lemondrop IPA.

PENNSYLVANIA: Brew Gentleman in Braddock

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Mary F./ Yelp

Brew Gentleman is an award-winning brewery located in the historic steel town of Braddock. This spot is best known for its soft, balanced beers like the popular flagship IPA, General Braddock's.

"This is a wonderful brewery with creative, diverse, and delicious beers of all kinds! They rotate their menu seasonally, and the owners are very creative and tactical in creating new recipes," wrote one reviewer. "When it comes to the food, I was blown away by the meat and BBQ sauce. It was juicy, tender, and seasoned to perfection."

RHODE ISLAND: Crooked Current Brewery in Pawtucket

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Mike B./ Yelp

Headed up by a woman brewmaster, Crooked Current Brewery is a local favorite. It may be the smallest brewery in the state, but it still boasts a creative menu full of both staples and seasonal specials like the Oatmeal Raisin Stoute and the pumpkin maple brew.

"Honestly, I haven't had a beer there yet that I didn't like," wrote a local reviewer. "Looking forward to eventually trying every beer they make."

SOUTH CAROLINA: Holy City Brewing in North Charleston

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Ry D./ Yelp

What started as a tiny brewery based out of a garage in 2011 has now grown into one of the most highly-regarded breweries in the state. Holy City Brewing's most popular year-round brews include the Pluff Mud Porter and Overly Friendly IPA. You'll also find plenty of terrific seasonal options, too. Reviewers raved about Holy City's sours, especially the Sparkly Princess, and the hard root beer, which is made on site.

"If you are looking for a one-stop-shop in Charleston for excellent food and dope beer, look no further!" wrote one satisfied customer.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Lost Cabin Beer in Rapid City

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Jay H./ Yelp

Lost Cabin Beer is committed to quality, creativity, and community. Many ingredients are locally sourced, as a nod to South Dakota's agricultural history. The result? Some truly delicious brews.

"Our server was extremely friendly, taking the time to explain the beers and talk to us about the area," noted one reviewer, while others sang the praises of the IPAs and scotch ales.

TENNESSEE: Yazoo Brewing Company in Madison

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Andrew M./ Yelp

Yazoo Brewing Company is best known for its "Embrace the Funk" series of wild ales, but that's just the tip of the iceberg at this popular brewery. For example, the Gerst Amber Ale is an excellent homage to a local pre-prohibition favorite.

"There's a great selection of Pale Ales, Stouts, Sours, and Saisons on tap, and many of their most popular beers are available in cans," wrote one reviewer.

TEXAS: Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston

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Jessica Marie M./ Yelp

The Lone Star State's oldest craft brewery, Saint Arnold Brewing Company has been serving incredible brews since 1994. Selections from the Divine Reserve and the Bishop Barrel lines are among the most popular in the state, and seasonal brews like the fall Pumpkinator have also received amazing reviews.

"Needless to say, [a] great place for beer," wrote a local reviewer. "Even for those who are not beer connoisseurs, there's something for everyone."

UTAH: Shades Brewing in Salt Lake City

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Alexandra O./ Yelp

Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, Shades Brewing prides itself on its unique, award-winning craft beers and unconventional setting. One reviewer said she never liked beer until she visited Shades and became an instant convert after her son introduced her to a brew.

"They are so inventive! When I think, 'hey this would be good in a beer,' all I gotta do is head to Shades!" wrote another customer, proving that Shades has been successful in its mission. "I just tried the nog ale and it is fantastic!"

VERMONT: Foam Brewers in Burlington

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Yani C./ Yelp

If you're looking for a spot to sip a delicious brew as you take in an amazing view, look no further than Foam Brewers. Using local ingredients, the team at this brewery produces an ever-changing and always creative line of beers. Reviewers are especially fond of the hoppy ales and sours, and the gorgeous view of Lake Champlain certainly doesn't hurt.

"All [the] drinks were creative, delicious, and flavorful. The pours were generous too!!" wrote one visitor, who also praised the ambiance and the friendly, helpful staff.

VIRGINIA: Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria

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Annie P./ Yelp

This modern artisanal brewery uses the area's brewing history as an inspiration for recipes. Port City Brewing's most popular flagship beer is the Downright Pilsner, which won a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Championships. The menu also includes rotating seasonal and experimental options which you can enjoy in the taproom or on a tour of the brewery.

"If you want the best local craft brews, look no further. These Alexandrines serve up a well-rounded selection of brews," wrote one reviewer. "Our fav is Integral IPA. It's a dry hop that is perfectly drinkable. Great local business that really feels like a community Biergarten."

WASHINGTON: Fremont Brewing Company in Seattle

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Steve B./ Yelp

Fremont Brewing Company is best known for its popular Summer Ale and Interurban IPA. but If you are looking for some more creative, experimental brews, you'll find that here, too. The Black Hero Project experiments with small batches of local hops which are popular among reviewers. Fremont Brewing also has a lovely beer garden where you can relax and enjoy your brew of choice.

"There's a pretty large selection of beers and there's always a cider on tap. I was even excited the last time I visited, given a sour was on tap!" wrote a frequent customer. "Just like any Seattle-based company, there's more than enough IPAs as well."

WEST VIRGINIA: Screech Owl Brewing in Bruceton Mills

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Ashley H./ Yelp

Located in the mountains of West Virginia, Screech Owl Brewing has been serving unfiltered, unpasteurized farmhouse ales since 2015. Founders and brewmasters Crista and Roger Johnson use as many locally sourced ingredients as possible when making their flagship brews which include Bold Blonde Ale, Threshing Floor Wheat, Wild, and Wonderful Strawberry Ale, Hoo's Your Daddy IPA, and Muddy Creek Ale.

"My husband and I recently decided to give this hidden gem a shot. Let me just say, they did not disappoint! The staff is super friendly, very welcoming, and attentive," wrote one reviewer. "We decided to get a flight of their craft beers. I must say I was quite impressed. They have eight beers on tap and you get to try all eight for just $6!"

WISCONSIN: Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee

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Megan L./ Yelp

Lakefront Brewery has a popular "My Turn" series, in which a line of brews are created and personally brewed by their staffers. Lakefront also offers a wide variety of ales and lagers, such as the Riverwest Stein and the seasonal favorite Wisconsite. Lakefront has one of the most popular brewery tours in the state, so be sure to carve out a few hours for your visit.

"Having done Lakefront's legendary tour twice, highly recommend for its informative but funny guides, along with tasters and a full pint," wrote a local reviewer. "If you're not familiar with Lakefront beers, Riverwest Stein and their IPA are good starters, the MyTurn Series lets their employees brew a beer of their own making, and taproom exclusives abound, you'll find something you like!"

Be sure to get an order (or five) of the cheese curds, too—reviewers couldn't say enough good things about them.

WYOMING: Snake River Brewing in Jackson

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Lala P./ Yelp

Located in a cinder block building in the Teton Mountain Range, Snake River Brewing is a cozy, no-frills brewpub that has been named "Small Brewery of the Year" by the Great American Beer Festival.

"Really cool spot. Atmosphere is fantastic. The brews are really nice with most being IPAs," wrote one visitor, while another praised the "wonderful selection of beers" along with the recommendation to order the sampler of eight beers. "You can't go wrong with anything," they added.

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