World’s Best Microbreweries

World’s Best Microbreweries

World’s Best Microbreweries

The craft beer market has skyrocketed in recent years, gaining a widespread following of beer lovers who favor signature brews that offer flavor, complexity, and strong character. Craft beer is not made by “mega-corporations” who have monotonously brewed the same drinkable beer for years targeted to the masses; authentic craft beer is made by smaller, independent breweries who craft their beers to create the most distinctive flavors. We’ve assembled our list of the top microbreweries in the world that put emphasis on brewing the most unique and flavorful beers. From pilsners to stouts, these breweries have got you covered no matter which side of the beer spectrum you prefer.

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Three Floyds — Munster, Indiana

Three Floyds was founded in 1996 by brothers Nick and Simon Floyd along with their father Mike. They started the brewery to try and change the very bleak craft beer scene in their area. Their very first brew house was equipped with a 5-barrel (155 gallon) kettle, and open Swiss cheese tanks as fermentation receptacles. Alpha King, their flagship beer, is the quintessential American pale ale that pours with a deep amber color and has a nice, creamy head. Other brews include Robert the Bruce, their Scottish ale, Gumballhead an American wheat ale, and Dreadnaught, an Imperial IPA. For more information about Three Floyds, check out: www.3floyds.com/

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Founders — Grand Rapids, Michigan

Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers started Founders in 1997 after deciding to chase their dreams of opening a brewery. After almost succumbing to bankruptcy they decided to brew beers differently than anything they’d tried before. After tirelessly creating delicious, in-your-face, aromatic concoctions, Founders became the number two microbrewery in the world as ranked by Ratebeer.com and Beeradvocate.com. Founders has all of their bases covered with their Centennial IPA, Founders Porter, Double Trouble seasonal, Breakfast Stout, Curmudgeon, Devil Dancer IPA, Backwoods Bastard, and many more. Their motto sums it up pretty well: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.” For more information, visit: www.foundersbrewing.com

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Cigar City — Tampa, Florida

Cigar City Brewing was founded on two principles: making the best tasting beer possible and sharing the rich Latin culture of Cigar City of Tampa with people everywhere. The brewery occupies 6,600 square feet of warehouse space in the Carver City-Lincoln Gardens district of Tampa. They use nothing but the best, local ingredients to make their one-of-a-kind beers reminiscent of the food and fauna of Florida. Their most popular beer is the Jai Alai IPA infused with hops and hints of tropical fruit aromas native of the Sunshine State. Other beers include the Maduro Brown Ale, Tocobaga Red Ale, Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale, and Jose Marti American Porter. For more information, visit: www.cigarcitybrewing.com

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Brouwerij de Molen — Bodegraven, Netherlands

Brouwerij de Molen is more than just a brewery; tucked away in the Western part of the Netherlands, the brewery also features a tasting room and a restaurant where they use their signature brews  in many dishes. Built in 1697, the brewery is located inside a historic mill named, “De Arkduif.” They have a wide variety of beers from English, Belgian, German, and American style ales to porters, stouts, and seasonals. The brewery is a big proponent of introducing their specialty beers to a larger public, so they hold The Borefts Beer Festival, annually the last weekend in September to educate people about complexity of craft beer. For more information, check out: www.brouwerijdemolen.nl

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Alesmith Brewing — San Diego, California

As one of San Diego’s premier craft breweries, Alesmith has won over 400 awards for their anything but ordinary brews. Forged by Peter Zien in 1995, this artisan microbrewery specializes in handcrafted ales and has gained a loyal following among communities of beer enthusiasts. Not only are their signature beers a delight for your taste buds, but they have equally unique names such as the Horny Devil Belgian ale, Old Numbskull barleywine, and the My Bloody Valentine seasonal. For more information, visit: www.alesmith.com

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Bell’s — Kalamazoo, Michigan

It all started with a 15 gallon soup kettle and a vision, the rest is history. Founded in 1985, Bell’s Brewery is still dedicated to perfecting their flavorful and unfiltered beers. Their “ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively, and artistically.” With a strong sustainability platform, they firmly believe in preserving our natural resources through no-till farming practices, using Greenware cups in their cafe, installing a green roof over their conditioning warehouse, high efficiency lighting, recycling, and monitoring water, electricity, and natural gas usage. Their most popular beers are their Oberon wheat ale, Cherry Stout, Java Stout, and Hopslam IPA. For more information, visit: www.bellsbeer.com

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

Mikkeller — Copenhagen, Denmark

When Mikkel Borg Bjergsø was studying to become a math and physics teacher, he started a job at a local cafe and took a liking to foreign beers such as Chimay and Hoegaarden. After developing a taste for quality beer and experimenting with hops, malts and yeast in his small kitchen, he decided to start a brewery. Today, Mikkeller beer is sold in 40 different countries and is, “internationally acclaimed as one of the most innovative and cutting edge brewers in the world.” He has made collaboration beers with all of the aforementioned microbreweries and makes all of the house beer for some of the best restaurants in the world such as Noma in Copenhagen. For more information, visit: www.mikkeller.dk

Worlds-Best-Microbreweries

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