Breakout Brewer: Jackie O’s Brewery
With a core lineup of beers that hasn’t changed much since they first opened, a new facility for souring, and a commitment to the community, Jackie O’s Brewery is serious about making great beer in a place they can enjoy with family and friends.
Breakout Brewer: Three Weavers Brewing
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.
Breakout Brewer: Fonta Flora Brewery
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.
Breakout Brewer: Blackberry Farm Brewery
In a mountain hamlet on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm Brewery is putting the “farm” back in “farmhouse” with their focus on seasonality, local ingredients, hospitality, culinary cross-polination, and native culture.
Breakout Brewer: The Brew Gentlemen
Early adopters and brewers of the softer, juicier New England–style IPA, the “gentlemen brewers” at Brew Gentlemen in Braddock, Pennsylvania, live by kaizen, a manufacturing term for continuous improvement. And their IPAs and pale ales show it.
The Hunt for Wild Hops
For most brewers, hops are typically purchased through massive multiyear contracts from far away farms in the Pacific Northwest. But for one rugged brewer in New Mexico, hops harvest is time to hit the trails and canyons of the state’s high country.