The beer market is globally valued at over 500 billion and is ever expanding. Despite the recent global slowdown and recession and competition from the wine, cocktails and spirits, the beer market is doing well. The credit for keeping the demand of the drink of celebration and joy alive goes to the selected few. This post highlights such top 10 brewing companies which have enhanced the taste of the drink through constant innovation and quality management.
Top Ten Best American Breweries
Have a close look at the top ten breweries in USA along with their technique of production.
Notorious for unique qualities and ale-crafting style, McMenamins is a leading American brewery. The chain is well known for harbouring 65 brewpubs, microbreweries and theatre pubs. It is mostly located in Portland urban area, Washington and Oregon. The company was started off by two brothers – Mike and Brian McMenamin during 1983. Beer, wines, distilled spirit and coffee are the main products of McMenamins.
2. Russian River
As the name suggest, Russian River was founded amid the redwoods and vineyards near the Russian River and was originally owned by Korbel Champagne Cellars. At present the company is not only among the popular brewing companies but its “Pliny the Elder” beer has been ranked as the best beer available in the States. It has 50 barrel production brewery as well as 20 barrel brewpub. Since its inception in 1997, Russian River has been honoured with a number of accolades for its beer production.
3. 21st Amendment
Though 21st Amendment was found in 2000, the American brewing company secured a place among the top 10 breweries in USA in no time. Located in the South Park neighbourhood of San Francisco it was established by Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan. Wheat beer, Belgian dark ale, imperial IPA, black IPA, winter spiced ale, extra pale ale and ale brewed with dates are some of its well known canned craft beers. 21st Amendment also has a reputation for being the first micro brewers in the US to introduce the idea of putting craft beer in cool cans.
4. Brooklyn Brewery
Since 1988, Brooklyn Brewery has been enriching the American life, culture and tradition by brewing high quality flavourful beers. Being the largest exporter of crafted beer at present it distributes its production across 25 states and 20 countries. The brewery was started by Tom Potter and Steve Hindy in 1987 and within two and a half decade it has become one of the best beer brands in the world. In addition to this, Esquire magazine in its 2012 February article has chosen the Brooklyn Lager 16 ounce as the “Best Canned Beers to Drink Now”.
5. Deschutes Brewery
Established in 1988, Deschutes Brewery apart from being the fifth largest craft brewery in the USA it is also the eleventh-largest overall commercially beer producing company. It is famous for producing a wide range of beers including Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Deschutes River Ale, Black Butte Porter, Twilight Summer Ale etc. The brewing company has also won few awards for best production and quality. In 2012 it has sold out over 255,000 barrels of beer across 18 American states.
6. Harpoon Brewery
Harpoon Brewery came into existence in 1986 because its founders felt the need of more quality choices in the range of beer. It has four seasonal beers and is best known for Harpoon India Pale Ale. The brewing centre fuses both science and art to create exceptional and appetizing beers. At Harpoon water, malted barley, hops and yeast are the basic ingredients used to craft their beers.
7. Boston Beer Co.
Registered on the New York stock Exchange, the decades old brewing company got immense success under its head Jim Koch. The man took charge of the alcoholic drinks manufacturing unit in the 1980s. He lifted the company from the ashes making it one of the best breweries in the US. Samuel Adams Boston Lager is their trademark beer.
Counted among the top brewing companies in America, Fullsteam is also known for its curious and fascinating names for its various drinks, few of them being the workers’ compensation and co-conspirators. The beer makers aim to celebrate the rich ‘agricultural heritage of the South’ and takes pride in their regional identity.
9. Flying Dog Brewery
The Maryland, United States based Flying Dog Brewery is another name on our list of top American breweries. The company was started in the year 1990 as a brewpub in the Colorado and by the year 1994, the makers had their own brewery with a capacity of 50 barrels and catering to nearly 45 American states. The beer major acquired the brand Wild Goose in 2006.
10. Elysian Brewing
The microbrewery or the craft brewery was started in the year 1995 by Dave Buhler, Joe Bisacca and Dick Cantwell. One of the top brewery in the United States it presently operates 3 pubs in Seattle. The brewing company established a 3,300 square meter production unit in the Georgetown in 2011.