Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery & Distillery can tell a lot of stories. There’s the tale of being the only brewery/distillery in Illinois. The legal thriller of losing their original name. But the best story of Maplewood is the sagas its telling with beer.
With a respect for style guidelines, Holy City Brewing’s Chris Brown produces some traditional beers, but as the brewery has grown, he’s loosened up, creating award-winning boundary-pushing beers to complement the food scene in Charleston, South Carolina.
Father and son team John and J.C. Hill opened Alvarado Street Brewery in 2014 as an upscale brewpub in tony Monterey, California with modest goals, but their exploration into hazy IPAs and fruit-forward kettle sours quickly put them on the map.
After a career spent at the helm of other breweries, Jeff O’Neil opened his own in 2016 in New York’s Hudson Valley. Industrial Arts Brewing Co. is simple yet impressive, the culmination of a career in brewing that led to the opening of a brewer’s brewery.
Supported by sales of their polished and nuanced core beers but looking to a future of more mixed-culture stuff, barrel fermentations, and farmhouse styles, Three Weavers Brewing Company is building a reputation for award-winning, high-quality brews.
On the eastern edge of the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge mountains, Fonta Flora Brewery is pursuing a vision of honest and creative beer made with locally sourced ingredients that reflect both the terroir, and the pioneering spirit, of their locale.