Brewmasters Delight: The Most Loved U.S. Craft Breweries
Washington, D.C., didn’t have a brewery since the 1950s, but D.C. Brau has made up for lost time. (Photo: Ryan Musser)
By Laura Wabeke
As a result of prohibition in 1919, many U.S. breweries had to close their doors to avoid prosecution. Years later, when folks realized that banning alcohol perhaps didn’t result in less criminal activity and deaths, breweries generally merged with others for larger-scaled production. So prohibition failed to work – it also robbed U.S. citizens of great, tasteful craft beers for many years to come.
Thankfully, that situation has changed. While the big guys still dominate the beer market today, smaller craft breweries have been popping up for years now.
What sets a craft brewery, or microbrewery, apart from larger corporations is their definitive focus on quality of ingredients, flavor, and actual brewing technique. Independently owned, and producing a smaller amount of beers, these places often also serve food that perfectly matches their prized drinks.
Here are some of our contributors’ favorites around the country:
Ryan Musser, one of our bloggers in Washington, notes that it took an astounding 53 years before the district had its own brewery in 2009: “The brewery to lead the charge was D.C. Brau, and remains the largest of the five in operation.”
(Photo: Ryan Musser)
The third brewery to open in Washington since 2011 is another favorite of his, the 3 Stars Brewery (above).
SingleCut in Queens (Photo: Craig Nelson)
Like D.C., Queens didn’t have a brewery since the 50s. Now it has several, and New York local Craig Nelson raves about his favorite, SingleCut Beer.
“Trust me, you will try many pints when you visit the incredible tap room that’s open Thursdays to Sundays,” Nelson said.
Trillium Brewing in Boston. (Photo: Cris Concepcion)
Trillium Brewing comes highly recommended by Cris Concepcion. While he still very much appreciates the Sam Adams Brewery and Harpoon Brewery, when he’s looking for something new and exciting he’ll head to Trillium.
“Trillium is a relatively new brewery, but has turned heads with their eponymous Trillium Farmhouse Ale,” he said. “I like the Farmhouse a lot, but the rest of their list is great as well. They have their own tasting room that’s open to the public and the tastings are free.”