The number of craft breweries in America hit an all time high in 2015, topping out at over 4,100. USA TODAY 10Best set out to find the best new breweries – breweries that have opened in the past three years – with the help of a panel of beer experts. Then we turned things over to you, and for the past four weeks, readers have been voting daily for their favorites. The results are in!
It was a close and hard-fought battle for the title between the top two finishers, but in the end, it was WeldWerks Brewing Company out of Greeley, Colo. that came out on top.
The top 10 winners in the category Best New Brewery are as follows:
- WeldWerks Brewing Company - Greeley, Colo.
- Rhinegeist - Cincinnati
- Stoneface Brewing Co. - Newington, N.H.
- Moody Tongue Brewing Company - Chicago
- Bottle Logic Brewing - Anaheim, Calif.
- Orpheus Brewing - Atlanta
- Creature Comforts Brewing Co. - Athens, Ga.
- Bissell Brothers - Portland, Maine
- Right Proper Brewing Company - Washington
- Green Bench Brewing Co. - St. Petersburg, Fla.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Jim Dykstra & Chris Guest (The Beer Connoisseur), Julia Herz (Brewers Association), Jack Muldowney (The Hop Review) and Ale Sharpton (AleSharpton.com) were chosen based on their extensive beer knowledge and experience.
Additional nominees for the title of Best New Brewery included Bluejacket in Washington, de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, Fonta Flora Brewery in Morganton, Grimm Artisanal Ales in Brooklyn, Marz Community Brewing Co. in Chicago, Other Half Brewing Company in Brooklyn, The Rare Barrel in Berkeley, Side Project Brewing in St. Louis and Trillium Brewing Company in Boston.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winning breweries.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo