The 10 Best Breweries to Visit in the South

With cool brewery tours and next-level taprooms, these spots will give you a real taste of the Southern craft-beer revolution.

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For a long time, American craft beer was dominated by the northern states along the coasts, as well as trailblazers in Midwestern states like Michigan. But within the last decade, the South has established its clout in the brewing industry. Thanks to the pressure of local homebrewing societies, beer aficionados, entrepreneurs, and even transplanted northerners who refuse to travel hundreds of miles homeward to escape the grips of watered-down macro lagers, laws are finally shifting in support of microbreweries.

These days, craft brewers such as Florida’s Cigar City, Alabama's Good People Brewing, and South Carolina’s Westbrook are being mentioned in the same sentences with the Dogfish Heads, Three Floyds, and Russian Rivers doing their thing above the Mason-Dixon.

While some of Southern breweries ship their wares across the country, the best way to get a taste for the down-south brew revolution is to actually go see it first-hand. Here are 10 breweries that have not only contributed to the South’s emergence as a power player on the national beer scene, but are also phenomenal to visit in person.

Written by Ale Sharpton (@AleSharpton)

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  • Bruce

    The Wedge Brewery in Asheville is hands down the best brewery in the south. Go there before Wicked Weed.

  • cothjrr24

    The Wedge, hands down, has the ambiance that any southern brewery would kill for, but the beer is just ok. Wicked Weed’s beer is experimental, delicious, and on a whole new level for southern breweries. Go to the Wedge for a good time and good beer. Go to Wicked Weed for a good time and exceptional beer.

  • DennyB

    Sorry Bruce, I beg to differ as I prefer the rustic confines and quality brews of The Green Man at Dirty Jacks. To each his own!

  • http://burgerbeast.com/category/reviews-all/reviews-by-burger-belle/ Burger Belle

    Congrats to our friends at Funky Buddha Brewery — this was no surprise to us!

  • Honest Man

    You spelled Buddha wrong twice. nice journalism.

  • Mark Williams

    No Fullsteam in Durham, NC? Wow. They should be on the list, for sure.

  • TJ

    Good people, repping my hometown of Birmingham! And Cigar City, repping my new town of Tampa!
    Funky Buddha is fantastic too. Had a couple of their beers at a recent beerfest and was really impressed.

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