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29 Breweries In The U.S. You Must Visit Before You Die

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1. Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE

Since 1995, Dogfish has been giving beer lovers a reason to stop in Delaware. The beer that taught you how many minutes it takes to the perfect IPA, Dogfish is always churning out inventive one-offs with gorgeous labels, like a beer once brewed in China 9,000 years ago.

2. Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME

What started as a one-man operation has become the symbol for Maine brewing. Famous for the Belgian influence in its beers, the brewery has regular tours and tastings of its most beloved and first beer, the Allagash White.

3. Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

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Turns out upstate NY is the ideal cross-section for great hops and water wells: In other words, the perfect conditions for brewing. Ommegang offers Belgian snacks for pairing at the brewery and did we mention they have a GAME OF THRONES BEER?

4. Stillwater Artisanal Ales, Baltimore, MD

Visit Stillwater's recently opened and already adored brewpub in Baltimore and down a few pints of their "postmodern" Classique. Also keep your eyes peeled for the Sensory Series of beers, for which Stillwater works with bands to create beers based on their songs.

5. Magic Hat Brewing Company, Burlington, VT

When a beer company refers to their stuff as "elixirs," you know you're in the right place. Their Vermont brewery is a total funhouse known as the Artifactory, with 48 taps flowing and free tours year round.

6. Samuel Adams Boston Beer Company, Boston, MA

Yep. It's time to crack open a beer. #RebelIPA

Watch the brewers in action at the original Boston Beer Company, or even learn to master the perfect pour into Sam's signature lager glass.

7. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Charlotte, NC

With an Instagram full of yoga poses and crawfish, you know Olde Meck is the place to go for a good, chill time. But they take their authenticity seriously, with a brauhaus that reflects their strict adherence to old German brewing laws.

8. SweetWater Brewing Company, Atlanta, GA

Due to high demand, SweetWater recently expanded production to a 250-barrel brewhouse. In ATL, you can catch a glimpse of their upcoming sour beers fermenting away in wine barrels, which won't be ready until their 18th anniversary.

9. Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, LA

If all you know about Abita is their Purple Haze, you need to visit this small brewery just outside The Big Easy. You can even give back with their Restoration Ale, which sends proceeds to Hurricane Katrina recovery.

10. Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Lexington, VA

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Tour the quaint brewery that produces the Vienna Lager, a 2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner, 2012 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner and 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner.

11. Cigar City Brewing Company, Tampa, FL

This Florida operation has two goals: make world's best beer and share the culture and heritage of "the Cigar City of Tampa." This brewery is chockfull of Cuban-influenced beer and food, and welcomes all to try the deliciousness.

12. Jester King Brewery, Austin, TX

Introducing 2015 Hibernal Dichotomous -- our winter saison brewed w/ beets, oranges & thyme.

Visit this authentic farmhouse brewery and tasting room in the heart of Texas Hill Country. With truly seasonal options and a beer historian on staff, Jester King is bringing authentic European brewing stateside.

13. Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa, OK

From Oklahoma with love, Prairie specializes in farmhouse ales and sour wheat beers. Founded by two brothers, this brewery is only open on scheduled tour days, so check in advance.

14. La Cumbre Brewing, Albuquerque, NM

The Elevated IPA, winner of the Great American Beer Festival's gold medal, is reason enough to stop by this brewery. If you need more convincing, the live music and food trucks at the taproom should do the trick.

15. Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN

Brewed to the soundtrack of "heavy f***ing METAL," Surly beers are as tough as the name suggests. But they've got a soft side too, donating beer and swag to charitable events to give back to the community that clearly loves them.

16. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, OH

Brewed and bottled in Ohio's first microbrewery, Great Lakes is famous for its Dortmunder-style beer originally named "The Heisman."

17. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI

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Bell's Brewery is all about big flavor in small batches. They currently has more than 20 brews for distribution, and the brewery has a general store with beer-to-go, as well as home brewing supplies to get you started on the noble craft path.

18. New Glarus Brewing, New Glarus, WI

This mom-and-pop brewery is also the first to be founded by a woman in the US, Deborah Carey, who raised the money to start the brewery as a gift to her husband and brewmaster, Dan. Awwww!

19. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN

Three Floyds is a family operation that has expanded with high demand. But since they can't ship outside of their distribution area, you'll have to make the trek for these decidedly "not normal" beers, like the Zombie Dust pale ale.

20. Perennial Artisan Ales, St. Louis, MO

A super young microbrewery, Perennial's small batches of American- and Belgian-style beers are fresh takes on old favorites. Pair their award-winning Abraxas with their delicious gourmet and ever-changing food at the tasting room.

21. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI

Founders uses the taproom at their brewery as a testing ground for new and exciting flavors, so come thirsty and ready for anything. With six World Cup Beer medals under their belt, you're sure to taste something award-winning.

22. Anchor Brewing, San Francisco, CA

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As the first craft brewery in America and more than a century old, this brewery is the literal anchor of the West Coast beer scene. Visit their traditional copper brewhouse and sample the trademark Anchor Steam Beer, a beer that uses San Fran's foggy weather to the brewer's advantage.

23. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO

Come frolic in the mountains and meadows at the New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins. There's always a fun event going down, from live story-telling to impromptu art shows (and, of course, tastings).

24. Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle, WA

A brewery that values variety, you can check out the Elysian brewery or one of their four restaurants and bars all without leaving Seattle. Stop by Elysian Bar for Taster Tuesdays, or sit down to a meal at Tangletown.

25. Rogue Ales & Spirits, Newport, OR

Founded by two fraternity brothers, Rogue is all about their creed, and it has served them well. Their cool bottles even include tasting notes, ingredients, and food pairings on the labels, so you'll be a beer expert in no time.

26. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA

One of the bigger craft beer producers, the Sierra Nevada homebase brewery in CA has tours for everyone from beer geeks to those just here for the tasting. You can even enter a contest to go away to Beer Camp!

27. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA

It's been too long old friend #Equinox

This creative brewery is a big fan of experimentation and extending 'limited' editions. Their beers are meant to connect with other souls, so go on and find your soulmate at their free brewery tours and tastings.

28. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO

Odell is all about experimentation, and has a "playground" for its brewers to go wild. They even let you sample these concoctions exclusively in the taproom, along with trusted favorites and yummy food.

29. Alaskan Brewing Co., Juneau, AK

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Sustainably brewed and bottled in Alaska, you can visit the warehouse brewery or stop by the brewing depot to for some beer and gear to go. You can even go for the full experience by entering to win their Choose Your Own Adventure giveaway.

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