Special Report

35 Most Successful Craft Breweries in America

Source: Courtesy of Shari W. via Yelp

30. Narragansett Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Pawtucket, Rhode Island
> 2014 ranking: 47

A real old-timer on the craft beer scene, opened in 1890, ‘Gansett, as it’s popularly known, is most famous for its flagship lager. The brewery’s product line, though, also now includes an IPA called It’s About Time, and Fresh Catch, a golden ale keyed to clam bakes and lobster boils.

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29. 21st Amendment Brewery
> Location(s): San Leandro, California; San Francisco
> 2014 ranking: 41

Founded in 2000, 21st Amendment (named for the 1933 Constitutional modification that repealed Prohibition) operates a full-service pub and a taproom and beer garden as well as a brewery. The beers, in elaborately illustrated cans, include a Mexican-style lager called El Sully and a summertime wheat beer called Hell or High Watermelon.

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28. Allagash Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Portland, Maine
> 2014 ranking: 42

When Allagash launched in 1995, it made only a single brew, a wheat beer called Allagash White. A dozen years later, the brewery produced the first lambic — a spontaneously fermented Belgian ale — on American soil, called Coolship Resurgam. It is known as a specialist in Belgian-style beers.

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27. Tröegs Independent Brewing
> Location(s): Hershey, Pennsylvania
> 2014 ranking: 44

Tröegs sold its first beer, a pale ale, in 1997. Now located in the chocolate capital of Hershey, Pennsylvania, the brewery produces almost 60 different beers, both year-round and seasonal. There are a number of fruit-flavored ales (Freaky Peach, Mortal Cherry, etc.), assorted IPAs, and, yes, three different chocolate stouts.

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26. Rhinegeist Brewery
> Location(s): Cincinnati
> 2014 ranking: n/a

Opened in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in 2013, Rhinegeist produces an immense portfolio of beers. This includes IPAs called Truth and Knowledge, numerous seasonal selections (some of them infused with fruit), and almost 200 limited edition bottlings with names like Existential Apples, Nitro Crumb Cake, and Vincent Van Goat.

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