25 Breweries to Watch in 2013

From scrappy up-and-comers to old dogs learning new tricks, these are the names to keep on your craft-beer radar this year.


2012 was yet another banner year for craft beer in the U.S.—as the Brewers' Association reported recently, the industry now represents 6.5% of the U.S. beer market (up from 5.7% the previous year), and there are currently more than 2,347 craft breweries operating across the country. This growth is worth celebrating, but it also causes challenges for consumers trying to sort through the endless options at the bottle shop and bar to pick something that's really worth drinking. To play the game well and avoid the scourge of declining quality, you've got to do your research.

Previously, we've picked the the best beer in every single state, as well as whole slew of American IPAs that you should have on your bucket list. But there's no doubt that part of the fun of following the craft-brew revolution is discovering new suds to sample, and up-and-coming breweries to champion. While the big dogs like Sierra Nevada and Dogfish head keep turning out great stuff, these are the lesser-known outfits that are shaking things up across from coast-to-coast with game-changing wild-ale programs, pedigreed barrel-aging experiments, and much more. Some have major expansion plans in the works, while others are focused on putting their state or city on the beer-nerd map—all are worth investigating no matter how you get your hands on their wares.

Got a local favorite that we missed? Let us know in the comments. Cheers!

Written by Joshua M. Bernstein (@JoshMBernstein), Chris O'Leary (@brew_york), Ale Sharpton (@AleSharpton), Chris Schonberger (@cschonberger), and Erin Mosbaugh (@JayBlague)

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  • Michael B

    Yea for Monday night! Another Atlanta area brewery to watch is Wild Heaven.

  • Lisa

    Great list but where is Golden Road in Los Angeles??

  • Amanda

    Awesome list, great to see some local Atlanta breweries featured. What about Eventide Brewing? They are coming online in Atlanta later this year?

  • Squick

    I think it’s hilarious that Peekskill Brewery is on the list. The way I hear it, they’ll likely be out of business within the year, considering how poorly they manage their cash flow and treat their employees. It’s a shame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaron.chamberlain Aaron Sofia Chamberlain

    We are almost half way through 2013. Better late than never I guess.

  • Jerry Kiah

    You can add Red Hare Brewery in Marietta, GA. They are excellent!

  • bobv

    Lost Nation Brewing of Vermont just started in Morrisville. Draft only for now, bottles coming. First beer brewed 4-18-2013 a Gose; on tap 5-8-2013 to rave reviews!

  • Chris

    No CIGAR CITY BREWING, CO.????????

    • smurfe

      No need to be on an Up and Coming list. They are already there.

  • http://www.ladyfaceale.com Ladyface Alehouse & Brasserie

    This is so cool. And to be in such great company. Thank you from everyone at Ladyface Ale Companie!

  • M

    You’ll need to look out for Off-Color brewing in Chicago

  • smurfe

    The sad thing is that unless you are a local to many of these breweries, you will never taste their beer. Many of them have no intention to ever get large enough to distribute outside their local area.

  • Charles
  • brandsteve

    Is this list supposed to be craft breweries less than say 2 years old? If not, any list that’s missing Russian River is a farce.

  • Cecil

    Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales… Michigan nano. First release this summer. Looks badass.

  • crackers

    A great list! So happy to see Peekskill Brewery here!

  • beer queen

    Against the Grain? Louisville KY

  • beer queen

    Against the Grain? Louisville KY

  • NxNW

    Wow…..a little East Coast bias? So many new awesome breweries in the PNW and only ONE on the list. smh

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