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.


Photo: Perennial Artisan Ales

Perennial Artisan Ales

Location: St. Louis, MO
Founded: 2011
Website: perennialbeer.com

Former Goose Island brewer Phil Wymore moved from Chicago to St. Louis to open Perennial, which traffics in a range of Belgian-inspired beers (hop-forward Hommel Bier pale ale, Saison de Lis flavored with chamomile). Additionally, Wymore has a deft touch with high-alcohol sippers, such as the minty Perennial 17 chocolate stout and the barrel-aged Sump coffee stout, as well as fruit-forward sour ales such as the Blueberry Flanders and the Peach Berliner Weisse. When the barrel-aging program really hits its stride, expect Perennial to be regarded as one of the Midwest’s best, most inventive breweries.—Josh Bernstein

Try this: Heart of Gold, a warming, caramel-nuanced wheat wine packing plenty of America hops.

  • 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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