Will You Help Me Update The Ale Trail?

My first book, The Great American Ale Trail, was a curated list of 425 destinations with an emphasis on great places to pack up and visit (so amazing breweries without tasting rooms of any kind were omitted). The timing was good, perhaps too good. Since the book came out in late 2011, the size of the U.S. industry has more than *doubled* and I can’t keep up anymore (who can?). As I prepare a new version for 2016, I have the unenviable task of sifting through what is quite literally a mountain of new options nationwide—breweries, beer bars, bottle shops, huge festivals I’ve never even heard of. I’m humbly looking for some help in defining the best beer spots, especially opened since 2011 (and not in the original book) that truly define craft beer now and where it’s headed. What would you add? What would you cut? I have about 100 new slots (and must cut 25-50). Let me know! Here’s the 2011 index, click “read more”. If you have suggestions, bring ’em on. I’ll be forever grateful!


J. Clyde Hot Rock Tavern & Alehouse


Anchorage Brewing Co.

Bear Tooth Theatre Pub & Grill

Café Amsterdam

Chair 5

Denali Brewing Co. & Twister Creek Restaurant

Glacier Brewhouse

Haines Brewing Co.

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse

Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Silver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Co.

Snow Goose Restaurant & Sleeping Lady Brewing Co.

The Alaskan Brewing Co.

The Alaskan Hotel Bar

The Hangar on the Wharf

The Imperial Billiard & Bar

The Island Pub


Four Peaks Brewing Co.

Papago Brewing

Tops Liquors & Taste of Tops


21st Amendment

Albatross Pub

Alesmith Brewing Co.

Alpine Beer Co.

Anchor Brewing Co.

Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Ballast Point Brewing Co./Homebrew Mart

Bear Republic

Beer Revolution

Blue Palms Brewhouse


City Beer Store

Eagle Rock Brewery

Father’s Office

Firestone Walker Brewery

Green Flash Brewing Co.

Hamilton’s Tavern

Hopmonk Tavern

La Trappe Café

Lagunitas Taproom & Beer Sanctuary

Laurel Tavern

Magnolia Brewing Co.


O’Brien’s Pub (Beer bar & eatery)

Pizza Port Solana Beach

Port Brewing Co./The Lost Abbey

Russian River Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Small Bar

Stone Brewing Co. & World Bistro

The Alembic Bar

The Blind Lady Alehouse/Automatic Brewing Co.

The Bruery

The Bruery Provisions

The Church Key

The Linkery

The Monk’s Kettle

The Surly Goat

The Tap Room

The Trappist

Tony’s Darts Away



Triple Rock Brewery & Alehouse

Verdugo Bar




Asher Brewing Co.

Aspen Brewing Co.

Avery Brewing Co.

Big Beers, Belgians & Barley Wines

Boulder Beer Co.

Breckenridge Brew & Bar-B-Q

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub

Carver Brewing Co.

Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery


Drydock Brewing Co.

Durango Brewing Co.

Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen



Grimm Brothers Brewhouse

Left Hand Brewing Co.

New Belgium Brewing Co.

Odell Brewing Co.

Oskar Blues Grill and Brew

Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids

Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom

Ouray Brewery

Pagosa Springs Brewing Co.

Ska Brewing Co.

Steamworks Brewing Co.

The Falling Rock Taphouse

The Gold Pan Saloon

The Kitchen & The Kitchen Upstairs

The Mountain Sun & The Southern Sun

The Southern Sun

The Twisted Pine

The Yak & Yeti

Upslope Brewing Co.

West End Tavern

Wild Mountain Smokehouse & Brewery

Wynkoop Brewing Co.


Eli Cannon’s

Prime 16 Tap House & Burgers


Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats

Iron Hill (multiple locations)

District of Columbia

Birch & Barley/Church Key

Birreria Paradiso

Brasserie Beck

The Meridian Pint


Abbey Wine & Beer Bar

Abraxas Lounge

Cigar City Brewing


Oldsmar Taphouse

Red Light, Red Light

Tequesta Brewing Co.

The Lodge


Terrapin Beer Co.

The Brick Store Pub

The Distillery

The Porter Beer Bar

The Trappeze Pub

Twain’s Billiards & Tap

Young Augustine’s


Humpy’s Big Island Alehouse

Koko Marina Pub

Kona Pub & Brewery

Maui Brewing Co.

Maui Brewing Co.


Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Bittercreek Alehouse

Laughing Dog Brewing



Goose Island Beer Company

Half Acre Brewing Co.


Metropolitan Brewing Co.

Revolution Brewing Co.

Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden

The Local Option

The Map Room

The Publican

Two Brothers




The Rathskeller

Three Floyds Brewing Company

Upland Brewing Co.


El Bait Shop

The Royal Mile


Sergio’s World Beers

The Beer Trappe


Abita Brewing Company & Brewpub

Bayou Teche Brewing Company

Central Grocery

Columbia Street Tap Room and Grille

Cooter Brown’s Tavern

Crescent City Brewhouse

DBA New Orleans

Heiner Brau


Nola Brewing Company

The Avenue Pub

The Barley Oak

The Bulldog

The Bulldog Midcity

The Maple Leaf



Ebenezer’s Pub

Marshall Wharf Brewing Co./Three Tides

Novare Res Bier Café

The Great Lost Bear

The Lion’s Pride



Max’s Taproom

The Brewer’s Art

The Quarry House Tavern

The Wharf Rat


Boston Beer Company

Deep Ellum

Doyle’s Café

Lord Hobo


Sunset Grill & Tap

The Moan & Dove

The Publick House


Arcadia Brewing

Ashley’s Restaurant & Pub

Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Café

Founders Brewing Company


Jolly Pumpkin Café & Brewery


Surly Brewing Co.

The Happy Gnome

The Muddy Pig


Lazy Magnolia

The Keg & Barrell Brew Pub


Boulevard Brewing Company

Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar

International Tap House

Little Yeoman Brewing Co.

Schlafly Bottleworks


Angry Hank’s

Bayern Brewing

Big Sky Brewing Co.

Bitter Root Brewing Co.

Blackfoot River Brewing

Blacksmith Brewing Co.

Bozeman Brewing Co.

Carter’s Brewing Co.

Flathead Lake Brewing Co.

Glacier Brewing Co.

Kettlehouse Myrtle St.

Kettlehouse North Side

Madison River Brewing Co.

Montana Aleworks

Montana Brewing Co.

Quarry Brewing Co.

Red Lodge Ales and Sam’s Tap Room & Kitchen

Tamarack Brewing and Tamarack Alehouse & Grill

The Great Northern Bar & Grill

The Great Northern Brewing Co.

& Black Star Draught House

Worden’s Market


Nebraska Brewing Company


Buckbean Brewing Co.

Freakin’ Frog

New Hampshire

White Birch Brewing

Woodstock Station Inn & Brewery

New Jersey

High Point Brewing

The Copper Mine

The Ship Inn

Zeppelin Hall

New Mexico

Marble Brewing

Santa Fe Brewing Co.

Second Street Brewing Co. at Second St.

Second Street Brewing Co. at The Railyard

The Cowgirl Hall of Fame

New York

11 Madison Park

4th Avenue Pub

Against the Grain

Bar Great Harry


Beer Table


Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden

Brewery Ommegang

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Brewery

Captain Lawrence



Defiant Brewing Company

Eagle Provisions

Empire Brewing Co.

Good Beer NYC

Gowanus Yacht Club

Jimmy’s No. 43

La Birreria at Eataly NYC

Lazy Boy Saloon

Mahar’s Public House

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Mission Dolores

Pacific Standard

Pony Bar

Radegast Hall & Biergarten

Rattle ’n Hum



Southampton Publick House

Spitzer’s Corner

Spuyten Duyvil

Studio Square Beer Garden


The Blind Tiger

The Blue Monk

The Brazen Head

The Diamond

The Gate

The Ginger Man

The Gramercy Tavern

The Half King

The Spotted Pig

The Standard Hotel Biergarten

Vol Du Nuit

Whole Foods (grocery & bottle shop)

Zum Schneider

North Carolina

Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria

Bruisin’ Ales


Green Man Brewery

Growler’s Pourhouse

Highland Brewing

Jack of the Wood Public House

Lexington Avenue Brewery

Pack’s Tavern

Pisgah Brewing Company

The Bier Garden

The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery

The Raleigh Times Bar

The Thirsty Monk

Wedge Brewing Company


Great Lakes Brewing Company

McNulty’s Bier Market


James McNellie’s Public House


10 Barrel Brewing Co.


Bailey’s Taproom

Belmont Station

Block 15 Brewery & Restaurant

Brewers Union Local 180

Bridgeport Brewing Co.

Caldera Tap House

Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Chatoe Rouge

Deschutes Brewery

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom

Fort George Brewery & Public House

Full Sail Brewery & Tasting Room & Pub

Goose Hollow Inn

Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

Henry’s 12th Street Tavern

Higgins Restaurant & Bar

Highland Stillhouse Pub

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Horse Brass Pub

Laurelwood Public House & Brewery

Logsdon Organic Farmhouse Ales

McMenamins Edgefield

Ninkasi Brewing Co.

Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub

Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

Terminal Gravity Brewing Co.

The 5th Quadrant and Side Bar

The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub

The Green Dragon Bistro & Brewpub

The Victory Bar

Three Creeks Brewing Co.

Upright Brewing Co.

Widmer Gasthaus Pub




Dock Street Brewing Co.

Earth Bread & Brewery


Grace Tavern

Jose Pistola’s

Khyber Pass

Local 44

McGillin’s Olde Ale House

Memphis Taproom

Midatlantic Restaurant & Tap Room

Monks Café & Belgian Beer Emporium

Resurrection Alehouse

South Philadelphia Tap Room

Stoudt’s Brewing Co. & The Black Angus

Restaurant & Brewpub

Teresa’s Next Door

The 700 Club

The Belgian Café

The Farmhouse

The Foodery

The Grey Lodge Public House

The Standard Tap

Tria Café


Victory Brewing Co.

Yard’s Brewing Co.


South Carolina

The Community Tap


Yazoo Brewing Company


Draught House Pub & Brewery

Jester King Craft Brewery

Live Oak Brewing Co.

Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.

The Flying Saucer Draft Emporium

The Ginger Man

Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que


Epic Brewing Co.

Squatters Pub Brewery

The Bayou

Uinta Brewing Co.


Forty Putney Road

Hill Farmstead

The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

The Farmhouse Tap & Grill


Blue Mountain Brewery

Capital Alehouse

Devil’s Backbone


The Birch


Beveridge Place Pub

Big Time Brewery & Alehouse

Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro

Brouwer’s Café

Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen

Collins Pub

Diamond Knot

Elysian Brewing Co.

Everybody’s Brewing

Hales Ales

Latona Pub

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse

Parkway Tavern

Pyramid Alehouse


Red Hook Brewery & Forecasters

Public House

The North Fork Brewery, Pizzeria,

Beer Shrine & Wedding Chapel

The Pike Pub & Brewery

The Stumbling Monk

Über Tavern

Walking Man Brewing Co.


New Glarus Brewing Company

The Bodega Brew Pub

The Old Fashioned

Tyranena Brewing Co.


Snake River Brewing Co.

6 thoughts on “Will You Help Me Update The Ale Trail?

  1. De Garde should definitely be included in Oregon. Also to consider for Oregon, Crux, Ale Apothecary, and Pfriem would all be good additions–I would, of course, say Heater Allen, but we don’t really have a great taproom, yet–we are hoping to re-configure our taproom and be open every Saturday by 2016 and are always open by appointment (insert winking emoji here). For other states–Wicked Weed and Burial, both in Asheville, NC, are great stops for any beer lover. In Arizona, Fate Brewing Co. in Scottsdale has some delicious beers and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. in Gilbert is doing some interesting things. I know these are all additions and that might not help much . . .

  2. Mark I Hampton

    There is heaven on earth, at least for an old craft beer fan…one mile from my front door. (See the March Madness tourney below.) I was Southern Tier’s first customer, back in the days when they had two tables and six bar stools. Short fills and miscaps were stacked by the door and half price. I gave them a check for $100 just before they actually opened and told them to let me know when it ran out. It sure has been a long journey, with many good brews come and gone. Unearthly is the great survivor and Hoppe is most lamented among the deceased. How did you miss this one? It is in high-end stores in PDX…even shared one with Byron Beck.



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