Special Report

35 Most Successful Craft Breweries in America

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25. August Schell Brewing Co.
> Location(s): New Ulm, Minnesota
> 2014 ranking: 27

August Schell, founded in 1860, bills itself as the second-oldest brewery in the United States still owned by its founding family — Pennsylvania’s D.G. Yuengling & Son dates from 1829 (see No. 1) — and the first Minnesota brewery to produce craft beer. Its beers are primarily German-style, including wheat beers and dark lagers. One exception is the straw-colored Deer Brand Pre-Prohibition American Lager.

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24. Abita Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Covington, Louisiana
> 2014 ranking: 21

Made just north of New Orleans, and a great favorite in the Crescent City, Abita was founded in 1986. The brewery’s Amber Lager and Big Easy IPA are among its standards. Other offerings include a hazy (intentionally cloudy) IPA dubbed Lounging Iguanas and a limited-release Macchiato Espresso Milk Stout.

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23. Great Lakes Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Cleveland
> 2014 ranking: 23

Operating since 1986, Great Lakes produces more than 200 brews in many styles, the vast majority of them draft-beer pub exclusives. One regular bottling, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, is named for the legendary Prohibition agent who frequented the tavern that became the site of the brewery’s brewpub — and who once employed Great Lakes founders Pat and Dan Conway’s mother as a stenographer.

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22. Alaskan Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Juneau, Alaska
> 2014 ranking: 20

When this operation geared up in 1986, it became the first brewery opened in the Alaskan capital since Prohibition. Beers available year-round include Icy Bay IPA and Freeride Pale Ale. One offering of the brewery’s Pilot Series of specialty limited editions is Pineapple Jalapeño Gose (a sour unfiltered wheat beer).

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21. Summit Brewing Co.
> Location(s): St. Paul, Minnesota
> 2014 ranking: 28

A 19th-century-style Imperial Russian Stout, a nut brown ale called Cranky Woodsman, and an unfiltered Elderflower IPA are among the beers produced by this Twin Cities brewery, founded in 1986.