10 Reasons the Country is Going Wild for Craft Beer

By Robin Hilmantel | Last Updated September 23, 2014

Demand for high-quality, full-flavored beer is driving the local brewing movement.

The craft beer movement is bubbling over: With more than 3,000 independent breweries serving local beer enthusiasts, consumption is at its most popular point since the 1870s.

Luckily for beer drinkers, most live within ten miles of an independent brewery, and the craft beer movement hasn’t reached a saturation point yet, so it’s poised for even more growth. Find out why beer enthusiasts are so passionate about traditional local brews and check out our guide to sampling some of the tastiest suds in the country.

Beer Boutique

Check out Top Hops, merchants & advocates of great beer in Manhattan, where more than 700 bottled and canned craft beers are available, plus another 20 on tap.
|94 Orchard Street , New York, NY, us

Building Community with Beer: Half Moon Bay Brewing Co.

half moon bay brewing co.
This brewing company supports both youth education and supports extended community education and enrichment through its Brews & Views political series.
|390 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA, us
|(650) 728-BREW (2739)

Beer Theory

Sample craft beers named after science fiction and horror films at The Big Rip Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri.
|216 East 9th Ave, North Kansas City, MO, us

Kalona Gets Brewing

Lew Brewer Kalona Brewing Company
Look What the Buggy Dragged In—Kalona Brewing Company Kalona is a familiar locavore hot spot in Eastern Iowa. The center of a thriving...
|405 B Avenue, Kalona, IA, us

Brew Ah-Ha

Beer breaks into the fine dining scene at New York City’s Hearth, where the restaurant’s beer director, David Flaherty, carefully curates the selection.
|403 East 12th Street , New York, NY, us

Brewery 802: Lawson's Finest Liquids

Get on the list at Lawson’s Finest Liquids. The Vermont brewery makes only 500 barrels a year and allocations are limited to four bottles per person.

Brewing as a Family and Community Business

Biloba brewing barrel and packaging
Biloba Brewing Company in Brookfield, set to open this spring, has been a long-time dream for a pair of passionate brewers. Husband-wife team Gordon and Jean Lane owns the 2,000 square-foot tasting...

Navigating the Beer Aisle

Beer bottles down liquor store aisle
Learn essential tips for how to combat indecision in the craft beer aisle.

Edible Ink: The Basics of Beer

Get a crash course in beer brewing, all in one handy illustration.

Ahead of the Curve

Great Crescent Brewery in Aurora, IN, helped spark the microbrew trend that’s pouring through the Ohio Valley.
|315 Importing St, Aurora, IN, us