The 7 Best New Breweries in America

In the last 18 months, more than 6,500 new breweries registered on RateBeer.

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In the last 18 months, more than 6,500 new breweries registered on RateBeer, the largest beer-rating website on the internet. Among them are the distinguished few recently named the 10 “Best New Brewers in the World,” a list that’s unique because it depends on user-generated reviews rather than a panel of judges.

Notably, seven of the breweries are from the United States; the other three are based in the Netherlands (Tommie Sjef Wild Ales), Poland (Brokreacja) and Belgium (Bokkereyder). And though the American bias isn’t particularly surprising — according to the site, “the majority of reviewers and beers [are] American” — it’s still impressive given that only 30 percent of the site’s Top Beer Raters are from the United States.

If anything, the site, its user base and the awards are collective proof that beer is a field where Americans have excelled in recent years, and one they’ll only continue to push forward. These are the new brewers responsible.

Suarez Family Brewery

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Opened last summer, Suarez Family Brewery is a self-described “mom and pop production brewery” based in the Hudson Valley. Its driven by the vision of Dan Suarez, an alumnus of Hill Farmstead, who focuses on balanced, low-ABV pilsners, ales and mixed-fermentation “country beers” — those that he and his team “purposefully inoculate with multiple organisms” before resting in oak casks.

Location: Livingston, New York
RateBeer Rating: 98/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.31/5

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Moonraker Brewing Company

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Few breweries make a finer Northeast-style IPA than Moonraker Brewing, whose flagship brew, Yojo IPA, also won the RateBeer award for best new beer. The catch? The brewery, led by Brewmaster Zack Frasher, is based in northern California — not the Northeast.

Location: Auburn, California
RateBeer Rating: 98/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.07/5

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Foam Brewers


Opened last year on the Burlington waterfront, Foam is the brainchild of five craft beer insiders, including Todd Haire, whose résumé includes positions at Magic Hat and Switchback. Like many of the Vermont greats, Foam is focused on hop-driven ales, saisons and mixed-culture sours, served on premises to prioritize freshness.

Location: Burlington, Vermont
RateBeer Rating: 98/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.33/5

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Civil Society Brewing

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Florida’s craft beer clout is on the up thanks to rising stars like J. Wakefield and Cycle Brewing. But joining them this year on the state’s list of notables was Civil Society, a brewery co-founded by MLB pitcher Chris Volstad, whose focus on juicy ales has caught the attention of hop hunters up and down the Atlantic coastline.

Location: Jupiter, Florida
RateBeer Rating: 98/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.09/5

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Great Notion Brewing

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Great Notion’s another west coast brewery with a knack for Northeast IPAs. But its head brewers — James Dugan and Andy Miller — also share a passion for oak-aged sours conditioned with Oregon-grown fruit. Though the brewery has yet to can any of its beers, fresh crowlers have become a hot commodity on trading forums online.

Location: Portland, Oregon
RateBeer Rating: 98/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.21/5

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The Veil Brewing Co.

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Brand new Master Shredder and Logo 16oz Willie Becher glasses are now in! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 Both the Master Shredder and Logo glasses are $6 each. These new glasses are a bit more limited than the Crucial Taunt glasses. We still have a small amount of Crucial Taunt Willie Becher glasses and baby blue stemmed glassware available. Just to avoid confusion, these are two separate glasses/designs. We also still have approx. 50 cases of Master Shredder left from Tuesday's release. Beginning today at 4pm in our tasting room, we will start cans sales of Master Shredder. This is our favorite batch of Master Shredder ever! It won't be back for a few weeks, so come and get all the Shredder while you can and put it in your new Master Shredder glass. 😍 $13+tax per 4-pack; 6x 4-packs/1 case per person. These cans are ONLY available from our tasting room and will not see distribution. For a limited time, we have 9 beers on draft! That's the most we've ever had at The Veil! Here is today's draft list: -Master Master Shredder Shredder-5.5%-double dry-hopped IPA -IdonteverwanttoBU-9.3%-0 IBU Double IPA with Citra and Mosaic(very limited supplies) -Crucial Taunt-8%-our flagship Double IPA -Dirt Nap-8.8% double IPA with Cotra, Mosaic, Nelson, and Galaxy -Crucial Aunt-8.2%-double IPA with mangoes -Hornswoggler-7%-robust chocolate milk stout -Master Shredder-5.5%-our flagship IPA -Kevin from Sales-5.8%-sour IPA with Mosaic -Cat Boy-8.4%-double IPA with Simcoe Nitro cold brewed coffee from @lamplightercoffee. Cheese and meat&cheese plates from @barrelthief. We have plenty of the new shirts available too. Come on in, grab a shirt, a new glass, some 4-packs, and some fresh draft! #vabeer #rvabeer #rva #scottsaddition #mastershredder

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Matt Tarpey might just be the most impressive brewer in the country. A former musician with little interest, and no experience, in beer, he joined the team at O’Connor Brewing in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2012 simply seeking some job stability. That’s exactly what he didn’t get: In the few short years since then, he found his way to Cantillon, The Alchemist and Hill Farmstead before returning to Virginia to open The Veil. His specialty lies in complex, quaffable, almost-silky IPAs.

Location: Richmond, Virginia
RateBeer Rating: 99/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.17/5

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American Solera

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Founded by Chase Healey, who spent four years as brewmaster at Prairie Artisan Ales in Tulsa, Oklahoma, American Solera was named the number one new brewer in the country thanks to Healy’s work with oak aging. His cellar consists of 16 foeders, puncheons, and wine barrels, giving way to “endless possibilities,” in his words.

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
RateBeer Rating: 99/100
BeerAdvocate Average: 4.08/5

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