“I think this would be a good time for a beer.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
I think so too Roosevelt. Just about any time is a good time for a beer but make sure to raise a frosty mug April 7 to celebrate the Cullen-Harrison Act– better known as national beer day.
President Roosevelt said those now famous words after signing the act, which legalized low-alcohol beer and wine, effectively ending Prohibition. Citizens gathered at pubs and taverns to have their first legal beer in 13 years. And over 85 years later, you would be remiss if you didn’t do the same.
Here are the 10 best places to get a beer:
This brewery grew rocket-ship fast from its founding in 2010 to winning the top spot of best brewery five years in a row. Hill Farmstead is born of the passion of its founder, Shaun Hill, who choose to house the brewery in his family’s secluded farm.
Venture out to rural Greensboro and enjoy any of their renowned beers. Make sure to take a growler or two home, their beer can only be found in Vermont.
Cloudwater changes with the seasons– and this is a good thing. The brewery specializes in seasonal brews, drafting up heavy chocolate stouts and spiced ale’s in winter and citrus IPA’s and elderflower lager for spring.
Trillium aims to bring “beauty, strength, simplicity, and balance,” to life– that’s a tall order but if anything can do it, it’s a glass of good beer.
Mixing traditional farm style techniques with modern twists, Trillium always has something new brewing. Try their small-batch brews and be the early-bird because when they’re out, they’re out.
San Diego, California
AleSmith has been hammering out beers since 1995. Their brews are a little, ah, “edgy” with names like “Horny Devil” and “Evil Dead Red.”
You don’t last for over 20 years without devotion to your craft though. AleSmith has plenty of accolades but the beers speak for themselves.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Cycle Brewing takes advantage of a laid-back beach-side vibe. The open floor plan of their brewery invites visitors to sip on brews al-fresco. Cycle Brewing is a small and relatively new operation but you can tell by the banter on their Facebook page, they’re a favorite local spot that’s high in demand. Their beers are named for the days of the week and they tap into a fresh keg every day. You’ll often see someone asking if they “have any Tuesday left.”
Omnipollo’s psychedelic labels and website might have you wonder if their beer is all hype. The two Swedes at the helm of the enterprise like to push the boundaries. They don’t have their own brewery, instead borrowing facilities from friends, but they’ve garnered popularity in Sweden and America.
The concept is to mix craft beer with striking art in a way that is accessible for large audiences. The brewer, Henok Fenti, and the artist, Karl Grandin, don’t collaborate during the creation process. The art isn’t meant to match the beer and vice-versa. But the result is pleasing to the eye and palate.
Brooklyn, New York
Other Half lives by a down-to-earth philosophy. Make good beer in Brooklyn. They’ve done so since 2014, making them relatively young. But somehow, powerful people on wall street took a liking to Other Half and regularly send couriers to buy out their favorite brews.
Of course, you can enjoy the craft beers at Other Half even if you’re not from wall street.
Cigar City Brewing looks to the vibrant cultures in Florida for inspiration. The brewery took off in 2007 and hasn’t looked back, sending its goods to Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York.
The brewery is a welcome break from parks and over-the-top attractions in Tampa. Pop in their tasting room to see what’s new on tap and cool down from the Florida heat.
Funky flat drawings decorate Mikkeller’s beer cans and merchandise, signaling that the drink within is unique if nothing else. Like Omnipollo, Mikkeller does not have a home-base brewery. Instead, the duo that founded Mikkeller brews by way of collaboration, focusing on one-off beers.
There’s always something new to try. The ever changing brews change how you think about beer– enjoy it in the moment for it might be gone tomorrow.
The Danes are at it again. Rounding out the list is Evil Twin Brewing, a brewery that wants you to “stay thirsty… stay foolish.” Like its other European counterparts, it is also a nomadic brewery. Americans can try the masthead beer, Evil Twin, at one bar in Brooklyn, Tørst. Beyond that, you have to venture to Denmark for a taste.