There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of crisp, ice-cold beer.
But sometimes, the number of quality IPAs, stouts, and lagers, and the breweries that craft them, can leave us overwhelmed. To clear the confusion, we asked Yelp to pull data on the most popular brewery in every state (including DC), which they measured using an algorithm that looked at the number of reviews plus the star rating for every brewery (excluding cideries and meaderies) on Yelp.
Here are the 51 best spots to grab a flight and a pint, according to beer snobs, local residents, and wandering tourists alike who love beer as much as you do!
1. Good People Brewing, Birmingham, Alabama
“Try the Snake Handler! It’s on the bitter side when you take your first sip, but the fruity notes that kick in within a few moments are perfection!” —Yelper Emiri M.
“The food trucks here have excellent food to go with great craft beer.” —Yelper Alicia D.
2. Alaskan Brewing Company, Juneau
“This place is a small piece of heaven. The quality of their beers is exceptional. From the Amber, to the White, to their aged Smoke Porter, they have something for every beer connoisseur or novice.” —Yelper Jamil M.
“These guys are making AMAZING beer! It’s the first time I’ve truly loved an Amber (their flagship).” —Yelper Stephanie H.
3. Pueblo Vida Brewing, Tucson
“The Breakfast Stout is brewed with cold brew from Yellow Brick Coffee, creating a wonderful flavor.” —Yelper Keith L.
“I am normally not a hefeweizen guy but their Bavarian Hefeweizen with hints of banana is one of the best beers I have ever tasted.” —Yelper Eric B.
4. Lost Forty Brewing, Little Rock, Arkansas
“The super cool part about Lost Forty is that it’s all communal seating like a German beer hall. When you come, you’re going to make friends. Guarantee it.” —Yelper Josh W.
“Every one of the beers that they are making is perfect, in my opinion. The Honey Bock is the nectar of the gods!” —Yelper Rob R.
5. Five Threads Brewing, Westlake Village, California
“It’s a small place with no food (you can bring your own) so we stop in before or after dinner. They have a large Jenga and other games; makes it a fun place to meet friends and catch up.” —Yelper Vanessa R.
6. Broken Compass Brewing, Breckenridge, Colorado
“Broken Compass makes a solid chili pepper beer ale. The various flavors of this beer, including actual chili peppers, mold together to create a perfect balance of heat.” —Yelper Kristy K.
“Their Coconut Porter is OUT OF THIS WORLD. And none of that fake flavoring. Just pounds and pounds of honest-to-God real and toasted coconut that they add to each batch.” —Yelper Amanda G.
7. Firefly Hollow Brewing, Bristol, Connecticut
“Bring food, have a pizza delivered, or enjoy the rotating schedule of food trucks. You can bring your pooch as well.” —Yelper Brendan H.
“Firefly produces beers to fit almost every type of beer lover.” —Yelper Anne C.
9. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware
“You might be familiar with their IPA found in bars across the country, but visiting the brewery allows you to sample specialty options. Visitors can get four free samples.” —Yelper Kristian D.
“They offer free tastings, tours, and even distilled spirits that you can taste in the gift shop.” —Yelper Ruobin W.
10. Rapp Brewing Company, Seminole, Florida
“I really liked that they offered different flight sizes (4, 6, and 9). My favorites were the Gose and Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout.” —Yelper Jamie T.
“This brewery specializes in German beer styles and there are enough to keep you coming back and trying something new every time.” —Yelper Ryan K.
11. Terrapin Beer Company, Athens, Georgia
“The indoor space is big, open, has cute hanging strings of lights, a zig zag bar, tons of seating, and a policy that welcomes pets as long as they are leashed. The outside area around back is also GIANT!” —Yelper Jolly Jo J.
12. Kohola Brewery, Lahaina, Hawaii
“This spot is definitely a hidden gem as one of only two breweries on the island. They have a fanatic selection of taps and a great atmosphere.” —Yelper Docras A.
“The Mean Bean Coffee Stout created in collaboration with MauiGrown Coffee Roasters was one of the best I’ve had. Smooth, creamy with notes of espresso.” —Yelper Nicole C.
13. Daft Badger Brewing, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
“Whether the beer is light, dark, or an IPA, it always hits the right notes. Everyone I’ve ever brought here has wanted to take growlers home. And for cider drinkers, they always have a guest tap from a local cider house.” —Yelper Peter M.
“The staff is friendly and offers recommendations. At times it can get busy in there but the servers are on top of it and friendly and smiling the whole time.” —Yelper Eric F.
15. Deviate Brewing, Indianapolis
“The Pale Ale with tangerine zest was particularly good. Just the perfect touch of citrus leaves you unsure as to whether the real work is being done by the tangerine or the hops. But either way, who cares? It goes down well, singing as it goes.” —Yelper Ethan H.
16. Confluence Brewing Company, Des Moines, Iowa
“The tap room is really cool, there is awesome local art on the walls, as well as windows into the brewing room where you can see brew masters making ales. They have snacks to munch on and sometimes even food trucks parked out front!” —Yelper Patrick T.
17. Central Standard Brewing, Wichita, Kansas
“Don’t show up expecting a lot of ‘Bud Lite’ substitutes, CSB is into full flavor and complexity. But don’t worry, from the Girlfriend on the lighter end, to Keef Richards Coconut Porter on the dark end — CSB has plenty of variety. For the non-beer drinker, there’s also sangria (on tap!) or a non-alcoholic fruit soda also made in-house.” —Yelper Jonathan W.
18. West Sixth Brewing, Lexington, Kentucky
“Hidden away near the North Lime area, West Sixth has a really cool, casual, hip-without-trying-too-hard vibe that makes it a perfect spot for meeting up with friends. Lots of tables, indoor/outdoor seating, and locally brewed beer make for a great time. Their lemongrass wheat is usually my go-to.” —Yelper Amanda S.
19. The Courtyard Brewery, New Orleans
“For $20, you receive a keepsake etched glass and four healthy pours.” —Yelper Kathleen D.
“Prices are super reasonable at about $5 for 16 ounces for most of the pours. If you’re paralyzed by choice, the bartender is happy to recommend stuff and even let you taste a sample.” —Yelper Leela S.
20. Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine
“I found Heaven, and it’s in the form of a brewery called the Allagash Brewing Company, where they give you an entire flight of beer for free. That’s right — Free!” —Yelper Rachel M.
“Each beer was a delicious blend of flavors, from their dark coffee stout to a light summer ale. You can relax outside on their dog friendly patio, or stay inside at the numerous bar tables.” —Yelper Michelle P.
21. Burley Oak Brewing Company, Berlin, Maryland
“They offer tours on the weekends, live music most nights, and, of course, great tastings and intoxicating selections.” —Yelper Robin T.
“The real standout for me was the Fruits of Our Labor: Passionfruit. It 100% looked like a glass of orange juice and if it was offered at a restaurant as a bottomless brunch drink, I’d get sauced.” —Yelper Sarah W.
22. Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston
“The Sam Adams brewery tour should be a must on your Boston to-do list. Free tour, free beer, and free souvenir glass… Need I say more?” —Yelper Anika S.
“Boston Lager from the source is incredibly good. I can completely understand how it’s won so many awards.” —Yelper Seth S.
23. Batch Brewing Company, Detroit
“With beer hall-style seating, high ceilings, and views of the brewing tanks, Batch has an airy, convivial vibe that makes you want to stay a while. To top it off, there’re also 12 beers on tap, an ever-changing menu of small plates, and available board games.” —Yelper Lynn H.
24. Junkyard Brewing Company, Moorhead, Minnesota
“The staff here is super friendly, the beers are delicious, and the ambiance is super chill. They don’t have food on a regular basis, but you can order or bring in whatever you wish.” —Yelper Gia R.
“I’m a fan of high-gravity beers, and their Belgian quad was to die for. Definitely worth a stop!” —Yelper Brianne H.
25. Lucky Town Brewing Company, Jackson, Mississippi
“Flair Incident Oatmeal Stout is an award-winning beer (they entered it in a contest back when Lucky Town was a homebrew operation) and is the catalyst that really started this brewery.” —Yelper Blue A.
“Everyone who works here is extremely friendly and deeply invested in the company. It’s awesome to see such passion for craft beer in Mississippi.” —Yelper Marielle D.
26. Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Missouri
“Beer tastings range from $2 to $3. They also have beer and doughnut pairings which are hilarious and fun until you have to fit into something tight. Also, sitting outside is definitely the way to go.” —Yelper Lin G.
27. Blackfoot River Brewing Company, Helena, Montana
“My first time here I tried the dry-hopped, 6.9% IPA, which had a great aroma. There’s no food served, but they have free popcorn! Just remember that Montana only allows 48 ounces per person until 8 pm.” —Yelper Lindy S.
28. Infusion Brewing Company, Omaha, Nebraska
“The brewery has 12 regular beers on tap, and a 13th beer in a vintage Frigidaire Kegerator.” —Yelper Scott R.
“It’s a small brewery with bar seating as well as some longer tables where you can end up sitting and conversing with new friends. The place has a cool vibe and the beers are usually on point.” —Yelper Shelby B.
29. Banger Brewing, Las Vegas
“This brewery is absolutely amazing! From their Jalapeño beer and El Heffe, to the Blondie Belgian Blonde — all the brews are unique. The tour was very intimate and educational, and it was led by an awesome and personable tour guide.” —Yelper Ryanne A.
30. Earth Eagle Brewing, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
“This taproom is an exciting one. The decor is fun and relaxed with animal skulls and birds mounted to the wall. The beers are creative and I was happy to be introduced to my new favorite drink, the Gruit, an old fashioned beer made before hops became popular, with herbs and spices.” —Yelper Panda B.
31. Carton Brewing, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
“Highly recommend the 077xx double IPA and Monkey Chased the Weasel, though everything else is good too and worth a try.” —Yelper Phil C.
“The bartenders are extremely friendly and knowledgable about the latest beers. The crowd is mixed — some young and some more older in age, but all are friendly enough to strike up a conversation with.” —Yelper Brenda C.
32. La Cumbre Brewing Company, Albuquerque
“The flights are cheap and if you like any of the brews enough, you can even get a growler filled or buy 4-packs and bombers. Don’t leave without trying the Project Dank.” —Yelper Brooke S.
“There was a food truck outside, which I’m assuming changes each night, and the patio was lively. Factor in the fantastic beers and we were ready to move down to Albuquerque!” —Yelper Claudia S.
33. Climbing Bines Hop Farm, Penn Yan, New York
“Awesome location and view… Just beautiful! The hop farm is on-site and is a hidden gem along Seneca Lake Wine Trail.” —Yelper Krysta S.
“The brown ale and IPA were the best and very drinkable. And for the non-beer drinkers, they have Rootstock cider and a variety of Red Jacket juices.” —Yelper Katie S.
34. Burial Beer, Asheville, North Carolina
“Order at the counter then seat yourself on the roomy outdoor patio. Even on a chilly night, it was quite enjoyable. It’s a very relaxing and chill place to sip on some quality brews. I had the cucumber wheat and enjoyed every taste.” —Yelper Brittany C.
35. The Fargo Brewing Company, Fargo, North Dakota
“I had a pint of Snozbeer, which is a dark brew infused with raspberries — real raspberries, so the flavor is there, but not overbearing.” —Yelper Angie M.
“The free tour is cool to check out — the information was a little more technical than what’s presented at other brew tours, but you can tell they really love brewing beer :). Also, the tour ends with a free pint of your choice. They ask for a $1 donation, which they give to the local food bank.” —Yelper Samantha J.
36. Staas Brewing, Delaware, Ohio
“The brewery offers 10–12 selections that rotate in and out. Truly, you can’t go wrong with any of the options. And if you’re stuck, I’m sure the owners, Donald and Liz, would be more than happy to offer up a suggestion and a taste to help you make up your mind! ” —Yelper Anthony S.
38. Baerlic Brewing, Portland, Oregon
“These guys are always trying out new, inventive, and experimental brews and have recently expanded their barrel-aging program to allow for further experimentation.” —Yelper Alex B.
“Staff is amazing. If you’re interested in information, a tour, or anything in-between, just ask. Baerlic doesn’t have a kitchen, but they do offer snacks if you need food in a pinch. They also allow you to bring food in (and there’s plenty of options nearby.) The space is warm and simple — really all you could ask for from a local brewpub.” —Yelper Alex B.
39. Brew Gentlemen, Braddock, Pennsylvania
“The atmosphere is fantastic with tables in the sunlit front rooms facing the street and some in the darker back room. The brews are imaginative and robust, ranging from farmhouse to a chai-spiced beer to seasonal meads.” —Yelper Emily L.
40. Foolproof Brewing Company, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
“This hidden gem is worth the stop whether you are a local or on a road trip. The beer is OUTSTANDING and one heck of a bargain for $10 (3 beers, glass, tour). Our tour guide, Bill, was fantastic. Instead of a typical tour, he gave us a ‘day in the life of Bill’ tour. This meant we got to see every step of the beer making process.” —Yelper Cole Z.
41. Holy City Brewing, North Charleston, South Carolina
“I came to Holy City Brewing as a part of a happy hour brewery tour and instantly fell in love. I really liked the space (there was so much room indoors and outdoors) but for me, the highlight was the beer. Specifically they had a lime beer that I will surely seek out in the future. It was the perfect summer beer!” —Yelper Briana B.
42. Crow Peak Brewing Company, Spearfish, South Dakota
“We are currently located in Rapid City and find ourselves traveling to Spearfish just to come to this brewery after a long hike. Nice atmosphere and delicious tasting beer!” —Yelper Samantha R.
“Crow Peak is the the best place to get locally made craft brews. They have a great variety, featuring mainstay IPA, porters, cream ales, as well as a dizzying array of seasonal and specialty brews throughout the year.” —Yelper Travis B.
43. Tennessee Brew Works, Nashville
“I absolutely love this brewery. It’s a bit rustic with a touch of class. A flight only costs $10, meaning I was able to sample all drafts available.” —Yelper Annie L.
“The brewers here experiment in pretty creative directions, and it totally, totally works. If you’re a first-timer, try the 5-beer sampler for $10.” —Yelper Amol U.
44. Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling, San Antonio
“We got two full beers, plus a whiskey tasting, which made for one of the booziest tours we’ve been on for $10.” —Yelper Michael M.
“These guys have an awesome product and put on a good show for the tour, which includes three free beers and a souvenir mason jar. Be ready for the tour to take at least an hour and don’t be surprised when the tour bleeds over into their tasting hours from 5pm onward.” —Yelper David W.
45. Epic Brewing Company, Salt Lake City
“I love the handcrafted, small-run production aspect to this artisan craft brewery. The people behind this place are incredibly passionate and amazingly fun.” —Yelper Ryan C.
“What an amazing taste room! The ‘full portion’ might only be 11 ounces but the prices are so cheap!” —Yelper Daniella B.
46. Lost Nation Brewing, Morrisville, Vermont
“First off, I can’t say a bad thing about any beer here. They are all excellent. None of them are high alcohol (maybe around 6% ABV at the max) but if there’s one thing I learned about Vermont beers compared to other states’, it’s that really great beer, including IPAs, don’t have to be high-alcohol hop bombs to be good.” —Yelper Jeff D.
47. Tin Cannon Brewing Company, Nellysford, Virginia
“I love this place for several obvious reasons: the deliciously sexy beer, the easygoing environment, and most importantly, the incredibly awesome, super nice, and always helpful staff and owners.” —Yelper Ken B.
“The Rusted Pipe Imperial Red IPA is my absolute favorite!” —Yelper Neal E.
48. Georgetown Brewing Company, Seattle
“The laid-back vibe and hilarious staff will whisk your taste buds away to a voyage of their best beers. Stop by around happy hour to taste their finest… And then leave with a couple of reasonably priced growlers for later in the evening.” —Yelper Billy D.
“Prices are very good, and the beer is always fresh and excellent. The Manny’s Pale Ale has always been my go-to, but the new Bodhi IPA might be my new favorite beer in town.” —Yelper Larry J.
49. Mountain State Brewing Company, Morgantown, West Virginia
“This is my favorite spot to relax in Davis. Outstanding brews, with plenty of seats at the magnificent wood bar or surrounding tables. I always meet interesting folks… Both among the growing local clientele as well as the ever expanding number of visiting tourists.” —Yelper John S.
50. Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee
“The spot right along the river is very cool with the patio down below and the bar seating running along the river.” —Yelper Sean W.
“Best. Brewery tour. Ever. Seriously though — great beers, plenty of info, and hilarious tour guides. ‘Nuff said.” —Yelper Jacqueline B.
51. Snake River Brewing, Jackson, Wyoming
“A must in Jackson Hole. Sublime beer, delicious food, excellent service — need I say more?” —Yelper Richard M.
“I tried a Hoback Hefeweizen and it was one of the best Hefes I’ve had — an unfiltered wheat with banana- and clove-like flavors very similar to a Weihenstephaner.” —Yelper Jason K.
The reviews for The Fargo Brewing Company have been updated. An earlier version of this post pulled reviews from a brewery that was ranked #2 in the state.
The most popular breweries in North Carolina and Ohio, respectively, are Burial Beer and Staas Brewing Company. An earlier version of this post misidentified them.
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