The Daily Meal Celebrates National IPA Day with America’s 50 Best Craft Breweries

The Daily Meal Celebrates National IPA Day with America’s 50 Best Craft Breweries

The Daily Meal Celebrates National IPA Day with America’s 50 Best Craft Breweries


 The Daily Meal, the world’s largest food and drink lifestyle site, just unveiled the 2015 edition of its “50 Best Craft Breweries in America” — just in time for National IPA Day, August 7. To arrive at this definitive ranking, The Daily Meal asked readers and craft beer lovers to weigh-in with a survey unlike any other they had curated before.

“With hundreds of American craft breweries to choose from, it felt like an impossible task to determine the best,” said Lauren Gordon, managing editor at The Daily Meal, who spearheaded the project. “It’s like asking folks to choose their favorite star in the sky or their favorite petal on a flower; each is beautifully unique and appealing in its own way.”

The list started with last year’s roster of best craft breweries, enhanced with more than 4,000 write-in submissions from Daily Meal readers for breweries that didn’t make the list. We whittled this number down to 585 breweries from more than 20 states. Some 2,200 beer lovers voted on their choices, with an eye to taste and variety. When the results were tabulated, California was still king of craft brews, as it was last year, but there was a rise in Michigan spots, as well as those from Ohio and Colorado. Another cool trend? Out of the five New York-based breweries, three of them call Brooklyn home.

Did your favorite American brewery make the cut? You can let The Daily Meal know which brewery on the list is your favorite — or if we missed one that you love — by tweeting @TheDailyMeal using the hashtag #50bestbreweries.

Final Ranking:

50Tallgrass Brewing Company, Manhattan, Kan.
49Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., Decorah, Iowa
48Abita Brewing Company, Abita Springs, La.
47Uinta Brewing, Salt Lake City
46Yuengling, Pottsville, Pa.
45Elysian Brewing Company, Seattle
44Terrapin Brewing, Athens, Ga.
43Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa, Okla.
42Alaska Brewing Company, Juneau, Alaska
41Dark Horse Brewing Company, Marshall, Mich.
40Smuttynose Brewing Company, Hampton, N.H.
39Flying Dog Brewery, Frederick, Md.
38Jester King Brewery, Austin
37AleSmith Brewing Company, San Diego
36Sixpoint Brewery, Brooklyn
35Tröegs, Hershey, Pa.
34Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland
33Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Mo.
3221st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco
31The Bruery, Anaheim, Calif.
30Bear Republic Brewing Company, Healdsburg, Calif.
29Evil Twin Brewing, Brooklyn
28Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, Ore.
27Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver
26Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn
25Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.
24Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, Ill.
23The Alchemist Brewery, Waterbury, Vt.
22New Glarus Brewing Company, Green County, Wis.
21Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, N.Y.
20Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego
19Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.
18Left Hand Brewing, Longmont, Colo.
17Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.
16Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colo.
15Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, Pa.
14Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine
13New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.
12Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.
11Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.
10Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.
9Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.
8Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego
7Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.
6Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.
5Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
4Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
3Stone Brewing Co., San Diego
2Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif.
1Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, Del.
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