51 breweries to try this holiday season


If you throw a stone in San Diego, there’s a chance you might break a brewery’s window.

But, with the holidays upon us, many will leave the county to lands that don’t have 130-plus breweries.

Never fear, as the craft beer revolution has spread coast to coast. In most major cities, you’ll find unique regional brews that speak to the tastes and traditions of wherever you go.

Use the charts and links on the following pages to find a brewery wherever you are traveling this holiday season.

Side note: Each highlighted location is categorized as a regional brewery by the Brewers Association. For states that did not have a regional brewery, a microbrewery was selected. While some of the selected spots may not be considered “craft” by more astute cicerones, they do reflect what is available in certain states and market share.

Western breweries

Elysian Brewing

10 Barrel Brewing Co.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Big Dog Brewing

Mountain breweries

Big Sky Brewing

Grand Teton

Snake River

New Belgium

Unita Brewing

Santa Fe Brewing

Four Peaks

Great Lakes breweries

Central Waters

Goose Island


Fat Head’s Brewery

Three Floyds

Mid-Atlantic breweries

Brewery Ommegang

Flying Fish

Dogfish Head


DC Brau Brewing

Flying Dog

Greater Texas breweries

Spoetzl Brewery

Prairie Artisan Ales

Ozark Beer

Abita Brewing

Upper Midwestern breweries

Fargo Brewing

Crow Peak

Surly Brewing

Toppling Goliath




New England breweries

Magic Hat


Smuttynose Brewing

Harpoon Brewery

Proclamation Ale

Two Roads

Southern breweries

Southern Prohibition

Westbrook Brewing

Cigar City


Good People Brewing

Appalachian breweries

Mountain State

Hardywood Park Craft

Foothills Brewing

Alltech’s Lexington

Blues City Brewing

Alaskan and Hawaiian breweries

Alaskan Brewing


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