Special Report

35 Most Successful Craft Breweries in America

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15. New Glarus Brewing Co.
> Location(s): New Glarus, Wisconsin
> 2014 ranking: 19

Dating from 1993, New Glarus produces year-round, seasonal, and specialty beers, including some in a very limited Thumbprint series. Flavored beers are common: Its Wisconsin Belgian Red is said to be made with over a pound of Wisconsin cherries per bottle; the seasonal Cabin Fever bock is made with clover honey; a Thumbprint Strawberry Rhubarb beer is infused with those two fruits.

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14. SweetWater Brewing Co.
> Location(s): Atlanta
> 2014 ranking: 18

Founded in 1997, SweetWater is active in the conservation movement, donating money to fish and wildlife organizations. Not surprisingly, then, its beers include a Hatchery series (including Golden Summer Ale and Chocolate Milk Stout) and a Woodlands Project series, an example of which is PNP Plums, a sour beer made with Italian plums and aged for two years in French oak.

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13. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
> Location(s): Milton, Delaware
> 2014 ranking: 13

Dogfish Head, opened in 1995, merged last year with the Boston Beer Co. (see No. 2), though the operations remain separate. The brewery was an early proponent of so-called extreme beer, generally higher in alcohol than ordinary brews and flavored with unusual ingredients — for instance, its Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fruit-Full Fort, with an ABV of 17%, made with four kinds of fresh berries.

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12. Brooklyn Brewery
> Location(s): Brooklyn, New York
> 2014 ranking: 11

In the late 19th century, Brooklyn was a brewing hub, producing more than 10% of all the beer in the U.S., but today’s Brooklyn Brewery was founded only in 1987. Its flagship is Brooklyn Lager, but other offerings range from a raspberry-infused sour ale called Rosé de Ville to Brooklyn Black Ops, an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels.

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11. Deschutes Brewery
> Location(s): Bend, Oregon
> 2014 ranking: 7

A beer-lover’s landmark in Bend since 1988, Deschutes has a varied product line that includes Lil’ Squeezy Juicy Ale, Fresh Haze IPA, and a seasonal Tangelo & Cardamom Sour Ale.