The 12 Best New Breweries of 2021, According to Hop Culture
During another crazy year, we take our hats off to all of the almost 9,000 breweries that continued to serve beer. However, we're giving an extra tip of the cap to those spots that opened their doors for the first time.
Last year, Hop Culture wrote its "Best New Breweries" list from the safety of their home offices. And while we're still feeling the effects of a global pandemic, this year let us emerge from hibernation. In 2021, we ventured to taprooms — albeit in masks. And we parked ourselves outside and ordered beers by scanning QR codes.
You could argue that semi-isolation made hearing about a new brewery even more special. These new spots gave us the chance to celebrate in a year where bright spots might have been few and far between.
With that in mind, our friends at Hop Culture put together a list of the top new breweries they found in 2021. These could be places that have been producing beer for a while but opened a fresh taproom. Or it could be a new brand that just started brewing but doesn't have a brick-and-mortar yet. It could also be both!
From the first Black-owned brewery in Oakland, CA, to a brewery resurrecting oft-forgotten beer styles in Pittsburgh, PA, here are Hop Culture's picks for the 12 Best New Breweries of 2021.