There's no denying that the craft beer craze has taken over the U.S. Take a look at the numbers: 861 breweries opened for business in the U.S. in 2016, bringing the total in operation to well over 4,000. According to a 2016 Gallup poll, beer is the drink of choice for 43 percent of Americans who drink alcohol, edging out both wine and spirits. And craft beer makes up over 12 percent of the American beer-drinking market.
There's a lot of competition in the world of craft brewing, so 10Best is out to find the best beer bars, brewpubs, new breweries, beer labels, beer festivals, and U.S. cities for enjoying beer. We need your help! We've asked a panel of beer experts and enthusiasts to nominate their 20 favorites in each category, and now you can vote for your favorites once per day to help us crown our Readers' Choice winners.
Voting ends on Monday, March 13 at noon ET and the 10 winners in each category, chosen by your vote, will be announced on Friday, March 17.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best New Brewery
Craft breweries are opening in record numbers in the United States – a whopping 861 of them in 2016 alone. USA TODAY 10Best wants to find the best new breweries in the country, founded in the past three years, so we asked a panel of beer experts to nominate their favorites.
What's better than a craft brewery? A craft brewery with an on-premise bar where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a cold one. These 20 brewpubs serve their own house beers, often alongside guest taps and a menu of tasty food options.
Best Beer Scene
These 20 American cities boast stellar selections of established and up-and-coming breweries, beer bars, brewpubs, beer festivals and even thriving homebrew communities where novice brewers can get their foot in the door. We need your help crowning a winner.
Best Beer Label
Oftentimes our first impressions of a new beer, chosen out of the myriad options now available at just about any grocer or bottle shop, come from the branding. A good beer label stands out from the crowd, piques our curiosity and represents the beer contained behind the label.
Best Beer Festival
Beer festivals offer attendees the chance to sample numerous brews, sometimes even rare and one-off pours. These events also allow beer fans to dialogue with their favorite brewmasters, sample paired foods and learn about a host of topics related to beer and brewing.
Best Beer Bar
It's not an easy feat deciding what you want when going out for a beer at one of these 20 bars. Each offers an incredible selection of draft and bottled beers, many with a focus on regional or Belgian beers. Pair that with a relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable bar staff ready to help any guest become a beer junkie, and you've got a recipe for a great beer bar.