The Libertine PubMorro Bay, California
Cali’s Central Coast is booming with young gun beer-and-wine geniuses who make killer booze, then surf. Repeat. Firestone Walker brewery is the name you know out of this area. These guys—who specialize in barrel-aged wild brews—are next.
Beer To Try: Kitchen Sink
The Grumpy Troll
Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin
Located outside of Madison, this scrappy spot has mastered the art of making big, complex beers that are actually drinkable—no weirdo mouth punches ever. This, of course, is a key to selling suds in this buy-em-by-the-case, beer-soaked state.
Beer To Try: Erik The Red Ale
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware
This mini empire is going to be the next Heartland Brewery—but with way better beer. Sorry HB! Each of the 11 breweries are uber-local, brewing whatever the regulars dig.
Beer To Try: Pig Iron Porter