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Best New Brewery (2021)

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  • The Seed: A Living Beer Project

    The Seed: A Living Beer Project
    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Atlantic City’s newest brewery specializes in saisons and mixed-fermentation ales made from local fruits, grains and botanicals. The new 5,000-square-foot production brewery and tasting room features a seven-barrel brewing system with nine taps and a dedicated side-pull lager line.
    Photo courtesy of The Seed: A Living Beer Project

  • Fire Maker Brewing Company

    Fire Maker Brewing Company
    Atlanta

    Fire Maker Brewing Company was founded on the values of family, integrity, revelry and enthusiasm. You can sense the enthusiasm at this new brewery in Atlanta, where you’ll find nearly two dozen brews on tap.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / KariHoglund

  • Boss Rambler Beer Club

    Boss Rambler Beer Club
    Bend, Oregon

    Boss Rambler, based in Bend’s Westside neighborhood near the Deschutes River, seeks to make memorable beers, whether it’s a hazy IPA, an imperial stout made with balsam fir and maple syrup or a coconut cream and pineapple fruited sour.
    Photo courtesy of Boss Rambler Beer Club

  • Torch & Crown Brewing Company

    Torch & Crown Brewing Company
    New York

    This Lower Manhattan production brewery and restaurant opened their 9,000-square-foot space in Soho last fall in the middle of the pandemic. The beer lineup includes 10 or so options ranging from pilsners and IPAs to barrel-aged and pastry stouts.
    Photo courtesy of Torch & Crown Brewing Company

  • The Good Society

    The Good Society
    Seattle

    The Good Society, named Small Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in 2020, brews beers from their West Seattle facility and public house. The brewery takes community seriously. Each year, they select two local non-profits to support for the coming six to twelve months. Guests can choose from a dozen beers and a few ciders.
    Photo courtesy of The Good Society

  • Young Blood Beer Company

    Young Blood Beer Company
    Madison, Wisconsin

    This new Madison brewery was scheduled to open in spring of 2020 when the pandemic hit. After successfully opening in June, the brewery is already making a name for itself thanks to its dank and hoppy IPAs and farmhouse ales. The folks at Young Blood already have plans for a cocktail tasting room on their second floor.
    Photo courtesy of Young Blood Beer Company

  • Red Clover Ale Company

    Red Clover Ale Company
    Brandon, Vermont

    Red Clover Ale Company operates a small brewery and taproom in Brandon, Vermont, where the beers take inspiration from farming, the changing seasons and the surrounding natural beauty of the state.
    Photo courtesy of Red Clover Ale Company

  • Walt & Whitman Brewing Company

    Walt & Whitman Brewing Company
    Saratoga Springs, New York

    Walt & Whitman Brewing Company in Saratoga Springs occupies the former Saratogian newspaper building as a brewery, restaurant and coffeehouse in one.
    Photo courtesy of Walt & Whitman Brewing Company

  • Corporate Ladder Brewing

    Corporate Ladder Brewing
    Palmetto, Florida

    The motto of Corporate Ladder Brewing Company is “stop climbing and start living.” This new Florida brewery offers the perfect place to do so, offering a place to gather over a pint of Paperweight Pilsner, Empty Cubicle DDH Hazy IPA or Corporate Hausing Lager.
    Photo courtesy of Corporate Ladder Brewing

  • The Drowned Lands

    The Drowned Lands
    Warwick, New York

    The Drowned Lands brewers take inspiration from the land on which the farm brewery is built when crafting their terroir-focused beers. The current lineup includes six beers, including an aged alt bier, fruited sour IPA, two double IPAs, table saison and an oatmeal stout.
    Photo courtesy of The Drowned Lands

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 2018), so we asked our readers to vote for their favorites.

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

  1. The Seed: A Living Beer Project - Atlantic City, New Jersey
  2. Fire Maker Brewing Company - Atlanta
  3. Boss Rambler Beer Club - Bend, Oregon
  4. Torch & Crown Brewing Company - New York
  5. The Good Society - Seattle
  6. Young Blood Beer Company - Madison, Wisconsin
  7. Red Clover Ale Company - Brandon, Vermont
  8. Walt & Whitman Brewing Company - Saratoga Springs, New York
  9. Corporate Ladder Brewing - Palmetto, Florida
  10. The Drowned Lands - Warwick, New York

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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