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The 25 Best Craft Breweries in America Slideshow


25. Anchor Brewing, San Francisco

America’s first craft brewery and a company more than a century in the making, this brewery is a staple of the San Francisco and American beer scene. Today, their beer is made from an all-malt mash in a traditional copper brew house, but the true San Franciscan brew is the Anchor Steam Beer, a gold rush-era style of making beer that took San Francisco’s foggy weather and turned it into a beer-making style that’s a West Coast tradition. For that, plus its solid flagship line of Californian beers, Anchor Brewing literally anchors the West Coast brewing scene.

24. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

Anyone who dwells near the Buckeye State has certainly grown accustomed to seeing this black and white label in bars and supermarkets. This popular beer is made in a two-story facility in Cleveland that goes through the four steps of the brewing process — mashing, lautering, boiling, and whirlpooling — on site. The brewery, which turns 25 this year, grew in popularity quickly; it’s most well-known for its first beer, The Heisman (now called Dortmunder Gold Lager), a Dortmunder-style beer named for the famed football player who lived around the corner from the brewery. Since then, Great Lakes shows no signs of stopping. "The state's first microbrewery set the tone for an entire industry in Ohio," says Marc Bona from The Plain Dealer. "Great Lakes has evolved by brewing an increasing number of styles, many of them unique like its flagship Dortmunder Gold."

23. New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wis.

New Glarus' business is run on the idea of individuality, cooperation, and using 100 percent natural ingredients to produce the best-handcrafted beers in Wisconsin. Six beers are available year-round and there are seasonals to complement holidays and the time in between, and New Glarus really won over experts and fans alike for its creative brews under the "Unplugged" series. But most people agree that what put New Glarus on the map wasn’t just its fantastic beers (the brewery won several awards at the recent U.S. Beer Open competition), but the "fantastic" story of co-founder Deborah Carey, of the few women CEOs in the brewing industry.

22. Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine

The brewing company that stared as a one-man operation, Allagash has quickly become the toast of the Maine brewing scene. The brewing company is famous for the Belgian influence in its beers, which founder Rob Tod thought was majorly missing in the brewing culture. True to these roots, its most famous and first beer is the Allagash White, similar to a traditional Belgian beer, easily one of the most favored beers on the East Coast (and the winner of seven beer awards). Today, the company operates out of a brewery in Portland, Maine, and offers both tours and tastings.

21. Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Roseland, Va.

Named the Best Smallpub and Brewery by The Great American Beer Festival in 2012, Devils Backbone Brewing Company is the darling of the Virginia brewing industry. They offer tours of the brewery where they craft their award-winning beer, including Vienna Lager, a 2012 Gold World Beer Cup Gold Medal winner, 2012 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner and 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal winner. "[Devils Backbone Brewing Company has an] incredible range of lagers and ales, and my favorite kolsch, called Ein Kolsch," says Lucy Saunders, the author of five craft beer cookbooks and a chronicler of the craft beer revolution for 20 years.

20. Boston Beer Company, Boston

Everyone’s favorite lager, the Samuel Adams Boston Lager, was born at the Boston Beer Company. In the early 1980s, Jim Koch found his great-great grandfather’s recipe for Louis Koch Lager, and decided to brew a batch. The Boston Beer Company continues to use the same method as Koch’s great-great grandfather, using only all-natural ingredients. The brewery gives tours (and tastings!) in Boston, and the recipe hasn’t changed since that day back in 1984 when Koch made his first batch. Since its humble beginnings, Boston Beer Company has paved the road for nearly every craft brewery on the list; Boston Beer Company is the number five best-selling brewery in America. And it all boils down to Koch: "Jim led the way with excitement and makes well-made beers in a big way," said Peter LaFrance of Beer Basics.

19. Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.

One of the youngest breweries on our list, this small San Diego, Calif.-based company puts their own twist on traditional brews — and beer lovers have embraced them whole-heartedly. The company has only a few dozen employees, but has made a big impact on the craft beer scene, taking home gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival for its Le Freak and Trippel brews.

18. Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Cooperstown, N.Y., is often regarded as a key area for baseball fans, but it turns out it was also once the epicenter of U.S. hop production and high-quality water wells — a perfect recipe for a perfect beer. In 1997, Brewery Ommegang was built on 136 acres of land (that used to be a hop farm); it was the first farmstead brewery built in the U.S. in more than 100 years. The brewery focuses on Belgian ales, a current favorite of both experts and fans — but that doesn’t mean it won’t spice it up a bit with limited-edition seasonals. (ahem, Game of Thrones beer?!) At this brewery, visitors can go on tours every day; now, Brewery Ommegang even has a café with Belgian bites like ice cream and waffles.

17. Victory Brewing Company, Downington, Pa.

Victory Brewing Company has hometown roots in Downingtown, Penn., but that doesn’t mean the brewery is without its national fans. It’s one of the oldest craft breweries in the country, created in 1996 by best friends Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski. The company uses German malted barley and a mix of both European and American whole-flower hops; in fact, it’s one of the only breweries in the nation that uses whole flower hops, and the brewers insist this creates a better flavor and aroma in the beer. In its first year, the brewery produced a mere 1,725 barrels of beer; today, that number has climbed to more than 93,000 barrels. The brewery is planning on opening a second brew house this year, so get ready to see more Victory brews on shelves near you.

16. Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver

One of the first craft breweries in Denver, Great Dividewas on the forefront of the Denver craft brew scene. Not only did they do it first, but they are one of the best, winning a slew of awards in their hometown, including several for their famed Hades Belgian-Style Strong Ale and Yeti Imperial Stouts. (The Espresso Oak-Aged Imperial Stout was recently named one of the best 50 beers in the world by RateBeer.) "Their Yeti Imperial Stout and its many iterations is probably some of the best beer around," saysLou Bustamante, of SF Weekly and other publications. "Even with a huge amount of hops in it, it somehow manages to not overwhelm with the rich and intensely malty brew."

15. Rogue Ales, Portland, Ore.

Rogue is one of those "only in Portland" kind of breweries, and it’s what makes it just so unique. Founded by two fraternity brothers and their friends, this brand shattered all expectations about what a craft brewing company should be, evident in their name and their creed: a desire and a willingness to change the status quo. This shows even in their bottles, which include tasting notes, ingredients, and food pairings directly on the labels. The company even breaks norms in its beer styles for its brews, like the Chipotle Ale, the Single Malt Ale, and perhaps the most talked about Rogue brew, the VooDoo Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Banana Ale.

14. Oskar Blues, Lyons, Colo.

Oskar Blues, originally based in Lyons, Colo., is the self-declared leader in the canned beer revolution — and it’s hard to imagine a summer without Dale’s Pale Ale or Old Chub. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more award-winning brewery in Colorado, much less the West Coast, but this brewpub turned mega-craft beer producer (with new facilities in North Carolina) has kept its hometown roots intact with live music, outdoor games, and more.

13. Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.

This 20-year old Boulder, Colo., brewing company began with founders who had a passion for home-brewing. Today, they have expanded to a much larger warehouse and have gained an impressive following, from Colorado and beyond. Avery certainly knows how to treat its fans right; visitors to the Boulder taproom find exclusive, small-batch beers that are hard to find in stores and in bars, like the Hog Heaven Barleywine-Style Ale and The Reverend Belgian-style quad. In a Colorado beer scene that’s plenty full, it’s what makes Avery stand out from the rest.

12. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.

Three Floyds Brewing Company was founded in 1996 by Nick and Simon, with their father Mike Floyd. The business' home was originally a run-down warehouse, but the brothers transformed the building into a brewery, and began to brew intense beers that were (and still remain) "not normal" by conventional standards. With the increase in demand for their beers, the company grew and grew. "They’ve got a fanatical fan base," says Tom Bobak, of American Craft Beer. In 2000, the company acquired better technology, and eventually began to bottle products. As the craft beer industry grows, the Floyd family hopes to expand their distribution to more people than just the local area. Still, once you try Three Floyds, you never go back. "Given that their Zombie Dust beer ran out at both sessions of Savor [craft beer festival] (and the fact that they make some of the best beers around), I'd say they should definitely be considered as a [the best brewery in America]," says Clare Goggin Sivits, writer forBeerGoggins.com.

11. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.

More than two decades ago, this Odell family of "beer-centric" people began a craft brewery north of Denver. Sure, there might be another Fort Collins, Colo., brewery that gets more attention (look further down our list to find out who), but Odell is the darling of the Colorado brew scene. "While another larger brewery in Fort Collins gets most of the notice, Odell chugs along making some spectacularly delicious beers," says Mike Sweeney of St. Louis Hops. "Odell IPA puts a lot of West Coast breweries to shame with a perfect balance of hops and malt and then they double the effort with Myrcenary. They also try and push the boundaries of beer with their Cellar and Woodcut series and even when Odell tries and fails, you have to appreciate the effort." Today, the brewery has completed its fourth expansion and sponsors charities through its Odell Outreach.

10. Sierra Nevada, Chico, Calif.

Sierra Nevada beers mimic the mountains for which they are named, "bold, wild, and unwavering as those storied granite peaks," according to their website. Sierra Nevada brews use only the best ingredients, are created by traditional techniques, and are made by brewers who pay close attention to detail. The "Hop Torpedo," a stainless steel device packed with whole, cone hops, is the brewery’s unique way of adding hop aroma to beer with no additional bitterness. Because of it, the Hop Tornado and Sierra Nevada get credit "for putting hoppy pale ale on the map for American craft beer drinkers," says Lucy Saunders, the author of five craft beer cookbooks. Sierra Nevada is a "big boy that stays true to classic products," says Peter LaFrance of Beer Basics, a food and beer blog.

9. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Russian River Brewing Company focuses on "traditional aggressively hopped California-style" ales, Belgians, and barrel-aged beers. Originally owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars, the brewery became its own entity in 2003. Founder and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo came from a winemaking family, but has established himself as a craft-brewer full of innovation and willingness to share his knowledge. Today, he and his wife Natalie serve the brews fresh at their brewpub in downtown Santa Rosa, Calif. "Many credit Russian River’s founder/brewer Vinnie Cilurzo with pioneering the 'hopped-out-of-its-mind' West Coast Imperial that went onto set the standard that so many other breweries (like Stone) would later build their reputations on," says Tom Brobak, of American Craft Beer. "And now he’s redefining the American Sour." And the list of not-to-miss Russian River brews is a mile long. "The Plinys, Elder and Younger, are stunning achievements, but don’t overlook Russian River’s superb lineup of barrel-aged sour ales," says Peter Rowe, blogger for the San Diego Union-Tribune. "One favorite: Consecration, an earthy, fruity, and dry sour red that’s aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels."

8. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.

What started with merely a thirst for better beer and a gallon soup kettle in 1985 has turned into a regionally known craft brewery. Bell’s Brewery is a dedicated company that believes in brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality, and small-batch craft beers. Bell’s currently has more than 20 brews for distribution, as well as some select options served at their pub. "Far fewer [breweries] have a roster [of beer] as deep and consistently excellent as Bell's," says Chris Van Orden, co-founder of DC Beer. "No matter what style you're in the mood for, Bell's has a great take on it." Bill DeBaun, the other co-founder of DC Beer, agreed that its variety is unlike any other brewery. "I normally have breweries I trust for stouts, some I trust for wild ales, and some I trust for hoppy beers," he says. "The intersection of all three being in one brewery; Bell's, is a real rarity." The Bell’s pub, The Eccentric Café, was founded in 1993 and was the first brewery in Michigan to serve beer by the glass. The brewery also has a general store with beer-to-go, and home brewing supplies to help you on your own beer endeavor.

7. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif.

Founded in 1993, Lagunitas Brewing Company has a core of supportive beer lovers who want to nurture the creation of consistently good beer. The brewery is willing to do anything, "capable of making beer out of goat’s milk, brambles, and asphalt on the surface of the moon, if need be," according to its Facebook page. And it’s the brewery’s dedication to experimentation that has won over beer lovers across the company. "Tony Magee's vision and 'the glass is always half full' attitude toward life is reflected in his beer," says Liz Garibay of the blog Tales, Taverns, & Towns. "I don't think I've ever had a Lagunitas beer I didn't like." The California-based company recently made an announcement that it would be opening a 250,000-barrel-a-year facility in Chicago in order to cater to the Eastern U.S. With creative brews, passionate employees, and a commitment to serve, Lagunitas is definitely one of the best.

6. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.

Started in 1989 with the founder delivering beers on his bike, New Belgium quickly turned into a microbrewery and then surpassed the microbrewery mark to become one of the most respected and loved full breweries in the country. They now offer free tours of their facility, which produces "Fat Tires," the very brew that was transported on bikes more than 20 years ago. While Fat Tire is the solid flagship beer of New Belgium, the brewery still takes risks with its seasonals. "New Belgium has a huge lineup of beers and [is] best known for their Fat Tire Amber Ale," says Dave Butler, Colorado beer blogger for Fermentedly Challenged. "In particular I love their Lips of Faith series of beers, and one of my favorites there is their La Folie Sour Brown Ale." New Belgium takes the Colorado lifestyle and transposes it to a larger audience, and many agree that the brewery doesn’t just make great craft beer — it makes a eco-friendly and community-friendly impact. "When it comes to the melding of craft beer, the arts, lifestyle, eco-consciousness, and community, this Fort Collins, Colo., brewery has few peers," says Tom Bobak of American Craft Beer. "I like what New Belgium 'does' almost as much as I enjoy what they brew."

5. Cigar City Brewing Company, Tampa, Fla.

This brewery started with two things in mind, according to its website: to "make world's best beer" and "to share with people near and far the fascinating culture and heritage of theCigar City of Tampa." The self-proclaimed "world’s best beer" is made in a 6,600-square-foot warehouse, which includes a tasting room open to the public. But Cigar City, a Florida favorite, has fans from far outside the Panhandle state for their unique lineup of beers. Gerard Walen, of Roadtrips for Beer and Beer in Florida, notes that his hometown favorite is a notch above the rest. "[Cigar City Brewing is] currently making some of the best beer out there, many of which you can't find outside of the tasting room," he says.

4. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Founders set out to make "complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor" — and they’ve just about done it. The founders, Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, say their beer is for the renegades and the rebels (because that’s how they describe themselves). And boy, does Founders have some pretty big fans of their brews. "I've probably have drank gallons of Red's Rye PA and Centennial IPA," says Mike Sweeney of St. Louis Hops. "And don't even get me started on Breakfast Stout and its bigger brother KBS. While KBS may not be the best bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout in America (that goes to Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout), it's damned close. Oh, and Founders Porter is easily the best porter made in the world."

Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Mo.

Boulevard Brewing Company is not only the second largest brewery in Missouri, but also one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest. Founded in 1989, Boulevard’s mission consists of producing fresh and flavorful beers, by using the finest traditional ingredients. The company uses old and new techniques, but is always known by their full flavors and high quality. "What really sets Boulevard apart for me is the Smokestack Series," says Tom Rotunno, of CNBC. "I haven’t had one I haven’t liked. They constantly surprise with a great variety of styles and each is as good as the last with releases like Love Child, Saison-Brett, Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Coffee Ale. The consistency in which the Smokestack Series delivers amazing results is impressive."

2. Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, Calif.

There are more than enough accolades and recognition for this Californian brewery. "No brewery in San Diego — and perhaps the world — pushes more envelopes or thinks outside so many boxes," says Peter Lowe of UT San Diego. If topping the 2008 list of All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth by Beer Advocate isn’t enough for you, perhaps a bit more information will convince you that Stone Brewing Company is one of the best craft breweries in America. Stone Brewing Company is the 10th largest brewery in the United States, with 55,000 square feet. The 99-rating on Beer Advocate calls this brewery "World Class." And it’s beloved for much more than the beer. "I love Stone's attitude as much as I love their beer," says Jason Morgan of Craft Beer Business. "Big and bold, their craft beer always sticks with you long after the six-pack is gone."

1. Dogfish Head, Milton, Del.

In the brewery business for almost two decades, Dogfish Head is one of the most popular breweries in the country. It was Delaware’s first brewpub, and when it opened in 1995, was the smallest commercial brewery in America. But, this small brewery now packs a giant punch, as they now operate out of a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery and sell their beer, including their original 60 Minute IPA, to more than 25 states. Under the direction of Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head will continue to be the gamechanger — and leader — when it comes to the world of craft beer. "When I think of 'craft beer,' Dogfish Head is the first brewery that pops into my head," says Jason Morgan, the founding partner of Craft Beer Business. "Their creativity and dedication to the craft beer tradition is inspiring."


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


The 18 Most-Hyped Breweries in America Right Now

For good and for bad, some breweries garner a level of hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands.

You&rsquove seen the lines. Hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings queued around the block, coolers and camp chairs in tow. Some stand for hours, slowly making their way to the entrance of not a streetwear boutique, but a craft brewery.

Hype has taken hold of craft beer, which turned out to be fertile soil for the same fetishism that forced your parents to drive you to the mall for Pokémon cards when you were 10 years old. Except beer isn&rsquot like trading cards or rare coins. It&rsquos perishable, with flavors that fade in a matter of weeks. So if you want to taste the best beer in the country, you need to find someone living close to your target brewery and organize a trade, typically using social media.

&ldquoHype can grow across all platforms, but I can pick up on hype if a brewery happens to be featured across several beer Instagram accounts,&rdquo says John Paradiso, the managing editor of Hop Culture Magazine. &ldquoGotta look out for those &lsquoISO&rsquo comments.&rdquo ISO, or &ldquoin search of,&rdquo is how beer fans signal that they&rsquore looking to trade for a certain beer. Sometimes a beer is so rare that sellers use online marketplaces to sell individual bottles for many times their retail price. KBBS, a stout produced by Toppling Goliath in Decorah, Iowa, frequently resells for over $1000 on sites like My Beer Collectibles. It comes in 12-ounce bottles.

Beyond a strong social media presence, brewers can focus on certain styles to drive hype. The recipe is often some combination of extremity and scarcity. &ldquoExtremely dry-hopped and thick [double IPAs], heavily fruited lactose sours and pastry stouts of wine-strength loaded up with every kind of diabetes-inducing concoction under the sun, these beers are very Instagram-able and get a lot of engagement online,&rdquo says Ben Pratt, the owner of As Is, a craft beer bar in New York City. &ldquoThese are not beers of balance or subtlety. There&rsquos nothing wrong with them per se and they&rsquore fun to drink sometimes. But not every pair of sneakers you own can be Balenciaga.&rdquo

The hype doesn&rsquot come without detractors. Neighbors justifiably hate the amusement-park lines that frequently start the night before a release and curl around the block. Some brewers feel pressured to have a coveted beer &mdash typically a hazy IPA &mdash on tap in order to draw in customers that are simply looking to &ldquotick&rdquo a beer off on apps like Untappd in order to show that they&rsquove sampled it. And beer purists, or anyone simply watching their waistline, can&rsquot stomach the palate-numbing, toe-curling flavors that come in cans packed with as many calories as a box of donuts. But hey, do it for the &lsquoGram.

While hype has created a subset of drinkers that treat beer like dispassionate collectors, it&rsquos also served as massive front door for new drinkers. Some of which may never have ventured away from macro beer, had they not witnessed a grown man sweatily shoving bottles of imperial stout into a backpack, to be sold at a later date for an unbelievable sum.

For good and for bad, whether well-deserved or just lucky, there are a few dozen breweries across the nation that garner hype once reserved for overpriced shoes and underaged boy bands. Below is a list of breweries that have become meccas to the modern craft beer hypebeast.

Horus Aged Ales

Location: Oceanside, CA
Founded: 2015
If there&rsquos a playbook on hype culture, Kyle Harrop, the one-man force behind Horus Aged Ales, has read it. Before releasing the first &ldquoofficial&rdquo Horus beer in 2018, which sold out in two seconds online, he&rsquod already built a cult following by collaborating with 55 breweries in 2017 and serving up these exclusive one-offs at the best beer festivals across the country. Nowadays, you can find certain Horus beers on the shelf in select markets, but Kyle&rsquos rarer releases will always be nearly impossible to snag, thus creating a level of hype unique even among the rest of this list.

Hudson Valley Brewery

Location: Beacon, NY
Founded: 2017
Hudson Valley ticks all the right boxes for hype. They were among the first &mdash and inarguably the best &mdash to brew sour IPAs, a style that combines two of the most popular styles of American beer. It&rsquos a blend they pull off with impossibly complex and intense flavors in a way that somehow manages nuance and balance. As unique as the beer is, however, Hudson Valley sets itself apart with its can design, headed by artist Evan M. Cohen. The art is so cerebral and stunning that many drinkers buy prints along with their cans.

The Veil Brewing Co.

Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 2016
If you want hazy IPAs and fruit-forward sours in the Richmond area, you head to the trendy Scott&rsquos Addition neighborhood and enter the even trendier The Veil Brewing Co. While the brewery produces a wide range of beer, it&rsquos most noted for its drive to push the limits in the realm of the IPA. When everyone else was churning out double-dry-hopped DIPAs, The Veil was experimenting with triple-dry-hopped TIPAs. And don&rsquot miss out on its Tastee series, which slams you in the face with 16 ounces of smoothie first, beer second.

Other Half Brewing

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 2014
Despite recently celebrating their five-year anniversary, the team behind Other Half Brewing are the OGs of hype. They took the torch from Heady Topper &mdash that first hazy DIPA created back when beer didn&rsquot look like orange juice &mdash and made IPAs packaged in minimalist artwork a nationwide phenomenon. The brewery&rsquos been imitated the world over, but it&rsquos still creating what many believe to be the best IPAs in the country. And for a five-year-old brewery, the fact that people still line up the night before releases is impressive, if nothing else.

Three Chiefs Brewing Co.

Location: El Segundo, CA
Founded: 2018
Founded by three friends from Guam, Three Chiefs opened its doors last September to a line of fans that had camped out for hours. The instant hype was the result of a collab tour that resulted in the creation of Antique Coco and Antique Blue, two beers brewed with J. Wakefield that resold for upward of $600 each. If Three Chiefs is at a beer festival, its line doesn&rsquot die down until the last beer is poured.

J. Wakefield Brewing

Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 2015
Home of Wakefest, a hype-machine of a beer festival that takes place in the trendy Wynwood neighborhood each February, J. Wakefield is the brewery that other breweries vie to collab with. They want a chance to get sprinkled with some of the magic that has been following Jonathan Wakefield since he was a homebrewer making waves for his sour beer brewed with tons of Floridian fruit. J. Wakefield&rsquos sours &mdash two of which once concurrently held the top spots on Ratebeer&rsquos list of the best Berliner weisses in the world &mdash are covered in provocative, and sometimes controversial, artwork.

Monkish Brewing Co.

Location: Torrance, CA
Founded: 2012
When Henry Nguyen opened his brewery in 2012, his focus was on Belgian beers, not trendy IPAs. He even had a &ldquoNO MSG, NO IPA&rdquo sign on display at the brewery. That all changed in 2016, when he dipped his toe into the hoppy hype train. Now, Monkish IPAs are among the most coveted in the nation, with Torrance locals trading the beer with super fans from across the nation.

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Location: Ardmore, PA
Founded: 2011
HopHands, an ale brewed with oats, was such a revelation when it debuted in 2012 that it was famously panned by BeerAdvocate critics, while being widely loved by drinkers in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. The turgid beer helped launch a revolution in hazy beer, but the fact that owner Jean Broillet has stayed small &mdash and treats his craft as culinary experimentation and artistic expression (he illustrates the cans in his unique style) &mdash make the beers hard to get but well worth the trip.

Tree House Brewing Company

Location: Charlton, MA
Founded: 2011
You can&rsquot talk about hype in craft beer without mentioning Tree House. The brewery, founded in 2011, has thousands of fans making the weekly trek to its remote diggs in western Massachusetts for a chance to buy four or five beers. That&rsquos not a typo. While other breweries allow customers to buy multiple 4-packs of even their most hyped releases, Tree House&rsquos beer is so coveted that they drastically limit the amount of beer any one person can buy.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Location: Greenboro, VT
Founded: 2010
The cult of Shaun Hill needs no introduction. He cut his teeth brewing in Denmark before returning to his remote hometown of only 762 residents to open his brewery, which is now uniformly considered the best brewery in the nation. Nowadays, Hill serves as a sort of brewer incubator, with many of his team going on to establish world-class breweries themselves.

Angry Chair Brewing

Location: Tampa, FL
Founded: 2014
Angry Chair&rsquos hype is so intense that it caused a rift between the brewery and its neighbors after a release of Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake, a highly sought-after pastry stout that had fans lining up the night before the noon release. The brewery&rsquos highly traded stouts continue to pose the question: when does a beer stop being a beer and start being dessert?

Equilibrium Brewery

Location: Middletown, NY
Founded: 2016
Founded by two MIT grads, Equilibrium uses a science-heavy approach to create flavors using hops that are seldom seen elsewhere. The brewery then moved on to wild ales, and, most recently, stouts, which are quickly proving to be as sought-after as its IPAs. Among craft beer fans, the Equilibrium team has been elevated to rockstar-level if you see the founders at a beer festival, expect to find one of them standing on a table pouring beer directly into people&rsquos mouths.

Bottle Logic Brewing

Location: Anaheim, CA
Founded: 2013
Each year since 2014, Bottle Logic has hosted Week of Logic, an event that serves 4,200 people on its busiest days and a destination for fans of legendary stouts, of which Bottle Logic is a frequent producer. Keep an eye out for their yearly release of Fundamental Observation, an imperial stout everyone should try at least once.

Side Project Brewing

Location: Maplewood, MO
Founded: 2013
Founded by Cory King while he was working at Perennial Artisan Ales, this 100 percent barrel-aged brewery specializes in wild beers, saisons and, increasingly, stouts. The limited nature of the barrel-aged beers makes them highly sought-after, with aficionados clamoring for its saisons while hypebeasts take aim at the stouts.

Great Notion Brewery

Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2016
James Dugan produces some freaky beers. On Great Notion&rsquos opening day, his tap list included an imperial stout &ldquofermented with an irresponsible amount of maple syrup&rdquo and a New England style IPA, which was uncommon in the Pacific Northwest. The brewery rapidly expanded, doubling down on culinary-inspired beer (the most popular beers are called Double Stack and Blueberry Muffin) and adorning the cans with incredible artwork. The beers&rsquo uniqueness have made them nearly impossible to imitate among competitors.

Sante Adairius Rustic Ales

Location: Capitola, CA
Founded: 2012
Started in a modest farmhouse with just $10,000, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales (SARA) has grown to cult status. The bottles are so hard to get &mdash you need to be part of their brewery club and pick up the bottles in person &mdash that three of the $20 bottles were re-sold for $550. The brewery became something larger than anyone expected, and when brewery co-owners Tim Clifford and Adair Paterno ended their marriage (not amicably either) they decided to stick together, because &ldquoSARA had become our identity, for both of us,&rdquo Clifford said.

Inu Island Ales

Location: Kaneohe, HI
Founded: 2017
Definitely the least well-known of the bunch, the hype for Inu Island Ales is all about scarcity, which becomes obvious once you consider the Hawaiian locale. That makes the beer nearly impossible to find on the mainland, and a beer darling to locals. Your best bet for sampling their coveted stouts is finding them at a beer fest, but expect to stand in line.


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