Best New Brewery (2020)


Craft breweries are opening in record numbers in the United States, hundreds each year. USA TODAY 10Best wanted to find the best new breweries in the country, ones founded in the past three years (since the beginning of 2017), so we asked our readers to vote for their favorites.

  • Roaring Table Brewing Co

    Roaring Table Brewing Co
    Lake Zurich, Ill.

    Roaring Table brews their beers by hand in small batches from their cozy taproom in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Brew enthusiasts will find an eclectic menu of beers that show off the range of flavors fermentation can achieve with just a few simple ingredients, with options ranging from dry and expressive farmhouse ales to simple and refreshing lagers. Update: Curbside pickup and delivery
    Photo courtesy of Roaring Table Brewing Co

  • 1840 Brewing Company

    1840 Brewing Company

    This new urban farmhouse brewery in Milwaukee takes its name from the first year a commercial brewery opened in the beer-centric city. 1840 releases new beers each week, with an emphasis on farmhouse ales, IPAs, fruited sours, and barrel aged beers. Update: Open for to-go bottles only (Fridays and Saturdays)
    Photo courtesy of 1840 Brewing Company

  • Vitamin Sea Brewing

    Vitamin Sea Brewing
    Weymouth, Mass.

    This new South Shore brewery has quickly earned a loyal following who keep coming back for the bright, fruited sours and decadent stouts (though there’s a beer for every taste). Update: Selling beer to-go
    Photo courtesy of Vitamin Sea Brewing

  • Primitive Beer

    Primitive Beer
    Longmont, Colo.

    Primitive Beer is the first exclusively spontaneous, barrel-fermented brewery and blending facility in Colorado. The wine-like Belgian-style beers are packed without carbonation in boxes and as effervescent blends in bottles.
    Photo courtesy of Primitive Beer


    Asheville, N.C.

    New to the scene in Asheville, DSSOLVR calls itself a beverage company with a focus on the process of fermentation. The brewing facilities include a dedicated Wild/Funky Barrel Cellar, as well as equipment to make wine, cider and mead.
    Photo courtesy of DSSOLVR

  • Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co

    Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co
    Gaithersburg, Md.

    Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co. brews and blends on a family farm with a focus on classic beer styles. The “blending” part of the process sets Elder Pine apart; many of their barrel-aged sours are blended to produce optimal balance. Update: Open for pickup and delivery
    Photo courtesy of Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co

  • Axe and Arrow Brewery

    Axe and Arrow Brewery
    Glassboro, N.J.

    Axe and Arrow Brewery in South Jersey opened with a mission to make “just quality beer,” including classic styles and seasonal and experimental offerings. Beers are made with an innovative Brewha Brew in a Conical (BIAC) system, where the mash tun, brewhouse and fermenter are all the same piece of equipment for greater efficiency and less waste. Update: Offering curbside pickup and online ordering
    Photo courtesy of Axe and Arrow Brewery

  • Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending

    Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending

    Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending brings farmhouse-inspired brews made from locally foraged yeast and bacteria (the unseen creatures) to Miami. The new brewery is planning to offer tours of their brewing and blending facility in the near future. Update: Beer can be ordered online for pickup
    Photo courtesy of Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending

  • Channel Marker Brewing

    Channel Marker Brewing
    Beverly, Mass.

    This new brewery just north of Boston specializes in hazy, juicy New England IPAs. The selection on draft in the taproom always changes, but might include options like the Flagship New England IPA with Citra, Mosaic and Amarillo hops, or Jacob’s Ladder New England double UPA. Update: Growlers and cans for takeout
    Photo courtesy of Channel Marker Brewing

  • Branch & Bone Artisan Ales

    Branch & Bone Artisan Ales
    Dayton, Ohio

    This independent brewery out of Dayton, Ohio was born from a love of beer and community and a passion for fermentation. Most beers feature local ingredients, often foraged from the region, as well as wild yeasts and bacteria. While the taproom pours a variety of beers, Branch & Bone’s specialties are sours, saisons, and mixed and spontaneous fermented beers. Updated: Beer to-go and delivery in Ohio
    Photo courtesy of Branch & Bone Artisan Ales


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

  1. Roaring Table Brewing Co - Lake Zurich, Ill.
  2. 1840 Brewing Company - Milwaukee
  3. Vitamin Sea Brewing - Weymouth, Mass.
  4. Primitive Beer - Longmont, Colo.
  5. DSSOLVR - Asheville, N.C.
  6. Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co - Gaithersburg, Md.
  7. Axe and Arrow Brewery - Glassboro, N.J.
  8. Unseen Creatures Brewing & Blending - Miami
  9. Channel Marker Brewing - Beverly, Mass.
  10. Branch & Bone Artisan Ales - Dayton, Ohio

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning breweries!

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