In honor of America's love for all things craft beer, USA TODAY 10Best set out to find the best beer bars, brewpubs, new breweries, brewery tours, festivals and beer labels for our third annual Readers' Choice beer awards. For the past four weeks, readers have been voting daily for their favorites, and the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full list of winners.
Best New Brewery: Barrel Theory Beer Company in St. Paul
Barrel Theory Beer Company brings new craft brews to the St. Paul beerscape — Photo courtesy of Barrel Theory Beer Company
New to Saint Paul's Lowertown neighborhood in 2017, Barrel Theory Beer Company brews nearly a dozen different beers, including a trio of sours. Visitors to the taproom can sip on selections brewed fresh onsite or take home their favorites in growlers.
Best Beer Bar: Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, Penn.
Beer lovers can choose from 14 beers on tap at Bulls Head Public House — Photo courtesy of Bulls Head Public House
Fashioned after a traditional British pub, Bulls Head Public House pours 14 rotating beers on tap and two cask-conditioned ales. If that's not enough choice, beer lovers have more than 80 bottles to choose from. Each bartender at this Pennsylvania pub is Cicerone Certified.
Best Beer Festival: Great American Beer Festival in Denver
Denver's Great American Beer Festival ranks among one of the country's longest events — Photo courtesy of Brewers Association
Denver becomes ground zero for beer fans each fall, when the Brewers Association presents the largest collection of American beers in one spot at this premier US beer festival. Hundreds of breweries participate, and beers are served by their brewers, giving enthusiasts the opportunity to speak with them personally.
An educational component features talks by top brewers and innovators, beer-making demos, beer pairing sessions and even a pavilion dedicated to sustainability. The festival is also a competition, with medals being awarded in more than 90 beer style categories.
Best Beer Label: Space Lettuce from Monday Night Brewing
10Best readers love the space-inspired branding of this beer from Monday Night Brewing — Photo courtesy of Monday Night Brewing
This sophisticated and smooth double IPA from Monday Night Brewing comes in an equally sophisticated can. Adorned with an outer space-inspired bowtie and many varieties of lettuce floating through the star-strewn sky, it's perhaps symbolic of the six varieties of hops used in the beer.
Best Beer Scene: St. Louis
Schlafly is a local beer favorite in St. Louis — Photo courtesy of St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission
Large German and Irish populations, and plenty of water and rail connections pretty much destined St. Louis to have a thriving beer scene. The city is not only home to Anheuser-Busch, the world's largest brewer, but a host of other craft breweries and pubs the likes of 4 Hands, Urban Chestnut and Schlafly.
The 50 taps at 21st Street Brewer’s Bar give beer lovers a chance to sample many local brews in one spot, while the popular Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar boasts a beer list of more than 200 labels.
Best Brewery Tour: New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colo. & Asheville, N.C.
New Belgium Brewing Co. offers tours of their Fort Collins and Asheville brewing facilities — Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Co.
Visitors to the New Belgium facilities in both Fort Collins and Asheville are in for a treat. Free 90-minute tours include beer sampling (of course) as well as stories of the brewery's history. After the tour, guests are invited to enjoy beers in the tasting room or grab a bite to eat from a rotating list of visiting food trucks.
Best Brewpub: Collision Bend Brewing Company in Cleveland
Collision Bend in Cleveland brews a dozen of their own beers — Photo courtesy of Collision Bend Brewing Company / Facebook
This Cleveland brewpub brews over a dozen beers onsite. Diners can sip a fresh brew alongside a food menu inspired by the street foods of Southern California; ingredients are locally sourced when possible, and options include Korean pork belly tacos, lamb tamales and green chile posole.
Congratulations to all our 2018 beer winners. Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in more Readers' Choice categories.