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Americans love craft beer. The nation is home to well over 8,200 craft breweries (and that number continues to grow), as well as thousands more beer bars and brewpubs. The sheer variety of quality beer on the market today can be overwhelming. We want to narrow down the field, and we need your help.
Vote for your favorites in the craft beer industry across eight categories. Voting ends on Tuesday, March 16.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Beer Bar
These beer bars offer winning selections — Photo courtesy of iStock /Dziggyfoto
It's not an easy feat deciding what you want when going out for a beer at one of these 20 bars, nominated as the best in the U.S. by a panel of beer experts. Each offers a stellar selection of draft and bottled beers, many with a focus on regional or Belgian selections.
Pair that with a relaxed atmosphere and knowledgeable bar staff ready to help any guest become a beer junkie, and you've got a recipe for a great beer bar.
Best Beer City
Which U.S. city is the best for beer? — Photo courtesy of iStock / william87
These 20 American cities were chosen by a panel of beer experts as having the best beer scenes in the nation – stellar selections of established and up-and-coming breweries, beer bars, brewpubs, beer festivals and even thriving homebrewing communities where novice brewers can get their foot in the door.
Best Beer Garden
Enjoy your brew al fresco at these American beer gardens — Photo courtesy of iStock / South_agency
Our panel of beer experts picked these 20 American beer gardens as the best spots to enjoy a beer outdoors. We need your help crowning a winner.
Best Beer Label
Which label would you pick? — Photo courtesy of iStock / Vladimir Razguliaev
Oftentimes, our first impressions of a new beer, chosen out of the myriad options now available at just about any grocer or bottle shop, come from the branding. A good beer label stands out from the crowd, piques our curiosity and represents the beer contained behind the label.
We asked a panel of beer experts to nominate 20 of their favorite labels, and we need you to pick a winner.
These brewpubs combine top-notch beer with good eats — Photo courtesy of iStock / Anchiy
What's better than a craft brewery? A craft brewery with an on-premises bar where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a cold one. These 20 brewpubs, nominated as the best in the U.S. by a panel of beer experts, serve their own house beers, often alongside guest taps and a menu of tasty food options.
Who makes the best hard cider in the U.S.? — Photo courtesy of iStock / bhofack2
The popularity of cider as a beer alternative has exploded in recent years. According to Statista, there were more than 800 cider makers in the United States as of 2018. We asked a panel of industry experts to nominate their 20 favorite cideries from coast to coast.
Best New Brewery
These emerging breweries have the right stuff — Photo courtesy of iStock / vgajic
Craft breweries are opening in record numbers in the United States, hundreds each year. USA TODAY 10Best wants to find the best new breweries in the country, ones founded in the past three years (since the beginning of 2018), so we asked a panel of beer experts to nominate their favorites.
Best Small Town Beer Scene
These small towns have big beer scenes — Photo courtesy of iStock / ViewApart
These 20 American towns, each with a population less than 30,000, were chosen by a panel of beer experts as having the best beer scenes in the nation for their size.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, March 26.