Best Brewpub (2017)


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 10 brewpubs, nominated by a panel of beer experts and voted as the best in the U.S. by our readers, serve their own house beers, often alongside guest taps and a menu of tasty food options.

  • Titletown Brewing Co.

    Titletown Brewing Co.
    Green Bay, Wis.

    While honoring its hometown’s nickname, Titletown opened in 1996 in the old Chicago & Northwestern railroad depot, which dates back to 1898. Visitors choose between sampling fresh beers in the atmospheric tap room or up on the “roof tap,” which, despite the elements, is open year-round. A variety of vintage spaces and cellars are available for private events. This being Wisconsin, the kitchen churns out calorific offerings such as fried local cheese curds and a platter of authentic Wisconsin sausages billed as "brats, brats, and more brats."
    Photo courtesy of Titletown Brewing Company

  • Great Lakes Brewing Company

    Great Lakes Brewing Company
    Cleveland, Ohio

    Great Lakes Brewing Company was started by two brothers with limited brewing experience in 1986. Today, it's one of Cleveland's top destinations for good beer and good food. Located in the Ohio City neighborhood, the GLBC brewpub features an eco-friendly beer garden with a retractable roof, where guests can sip a beer while sampling from a menu of seasonal menu items made from locally-sourced ingredients.
    Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Brewing Company

  • Boxing Bear Brewing Co.

    Boxing Bear Brewing Co.

    Albuquerque's Boxing Bear Brewing Co. sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, where guests can enjoy half a dozen house brews or a selection of seasonal guest taps, including a rotating nitro selection. Hot-pressed Paninis from the food menu come with chips and a pickle.
    Photo courtesy of Boxing Bear Brewing Company

  • Ecliptic Brewing

    Ecliptic Brewing
    Portland, Ore.

    Ecliptic Brewing stands out in the busy Portland beer scene thanks to its award-winning selection of house-brewed beers – Spectra Hoppy Pilsner, Capella Porter, Oort Imperial Stout and Pegasus ESB to name a few – and menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and small plates.
    Photo courtesy of Ecliptic Brewing

  • Brewery Vivant

    Brewery Vivant
    Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Billed as the world’s first LEED-certified commercial microbrewery, Grand Rapids’ Brewery Vivant resides in a refurbished historic funeral home. The atmospheric pub, which from certain angles resembles a Belgian monastery, provides an ideal locale for enjoying goblets of Belgian and French inspired beers. (Plenty of strong ales are always on hand to help combat Michigan’s chilly temps.) From pickles and charcuterie to beer cheese, everything on the inviting pub menu is house-made.
    Photo courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

  • Founders Brewing Co.

    Founders Brewing Co.
    Grand Rapids, Mich.

    A Grand Rapids icon that doubles as one of Michigan’s most popular breweries, Founders’ delights local beerhounds on multiple levels. The casual taproom overlooks the brewhouse, and the draft selection always includes some options that are only available on-site. Housed in a former trucking depot, the space resembles a German beer hall, right down to the patio and beer garden. Visitors stay satiated with a deli menu of handcrafted sandwiches. Live music and open mic nights keep things lively.
    Photo courtesy of Experience Grand Rapids

  • Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company

    Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company

    Born from a love of beer and music, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company brews six mainstay beers – a Helles, two pilsners, a pale ale, IPA and a hoppy red – as well as a few rotating specialty beers, including collaborations and seasonals. The food menu features pizza, small plates, sandwiches and salads made from local ingredients whenever possible.
    Photo courtesy of Jody Horton Photography

  • Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

    Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
    St. Louis

    In one of America’s sudsiest cities, Urban Chestnut stands out for its pair of outlets: a brewery and brewpub in the Grove neighborhood, and a brewery and biergarten in Midtown. Both locations serve up Teutonic treats - from warm pretzels and currywurst to crispy pork knuckle sandwiches - that pair perfectly with the fresh beers on offer. The brewery divides its output into the “revolution series” (artisanal, modern styles) and “reverence series” (classic, European-inspired brews).
    Photo courtesy of Urban Chestnut Brewing Company

  • 12Degree Brewing

    12Degree Brewing
    Louisville, Colo.

    12Degree Brewing in the town of Louisville, Colorado specializes in Belgian-inspired ales served alongside a menu of artisanal, thin crust pizza, authentic Belgian-style frites, cheese and chocolate plates carefully selected to pair with specific beers, fresh salads and other small plates. Beer offerings include the 2016 World Beer Cup Gold Medal and 2016 GABF Bronze Medal winning Treachery Golden Strong Ale, the 2016 World Beer Cup Bronze Winning Soleil Saison, Velour Fog Quadrupel, Walter's White and the wine barrel-aged Fünke Franc. 
    Photo courtesy of 12Degree Brewing

  • Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour

    Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour

    With wide-open digs in Orlando's Audubon Park, Redlight Redlight is the bar of choice for many of Orlando's craftiest craft brew aficionados and already has 10 years under its belt. Its ridiculously ample beer list might feel overwhelming to some, but staffers are always happy to help. While Redlight Redlight doesn't have a kitchen, there's often a food truck just outside that will deliver food right to the bar.
    Photo courtesy of Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour

The top 10 winners in the category Best Brewpub are as follows:

  1. Titletown Brewing Co. - Green Bay, Wis.
  2. Great Lakes Brewing Company - Cleveland, Ohio
  3. Boxing Bear Brewing Co. - Albuquerque
  4. Ecliptic Brewing - Portland, Ore.
  5. Brewery Vivant - Grand Rapids, Mich.
  6. Founders Brewing Co. - Grand Rapids, Mich.
  7. Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company - Austin
  8. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - St. Louis
  9. 12Degree Brewing - Louisville, Colo.
  10. Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour - Orlando

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Julia Herz (Brewers Association), Jack Muldowney (The Hop Review) and Ale Sharpton ( were chosen based on their knowledge and experience in the American beer industry.

Congratulations to all these winning brewpubs!

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