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The Best Brewpub in Every State

In the early days of brewpubs, most menus were devoted to pizzas and burgers. There are still plenty of those around, but now brewery restaurants are elevating classic burgers and pizzas to new levels. Come along as we tour the best brewpubs in every state!

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Alabama

Cheaha Brewing, Anniston

The small town of Anniston, about an hour east of Birmingham, plays host to the excellent Cheaha Brewing brewpub. With a menu focusing on locally-grown, organic produce and all-natural meats plus a United Kingdom-leaning beer list with fun options like Cottaquilla Scottish Heather Ale and Tallie Ho English Bitter, this one is worth the trip.

Did you see our list of the Best Craft Beer from Every State?

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Alaska

Skagway Brewing, Skagway

Head to remote Skagway, a town that featured heavily in the Klondike Gold Rush, to get cozy inside the Skagway Brewing pub. The menu is packed with hearty pub fare, but you’ll want to order the locally caught salmon or halibut on the menu. Wash it down with a signature Spruce Tip Ale.

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Arizona

Mother Bunch Brewing, Phoenix

Escape the heat northeast of downtown Phoenix at Mother Bunch Brewing. Start with the PEI Mussels, but save room for the mountainous Mother of All Burgers. While you’re munching, try a flight of beers with fun names like Leftover Karma IPA, Between Prayers Abbey Ale or Urban Decay Helles.

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Arkansas

Hog Haus Brewing Co., Fayetteville

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville sits the appropriately named Hog Haus Brewing pub, slinging craft beer standards with comforting pub classics like fish & chips or specialties like the Dickson St. Hogwood sandwich with turkey, ham, roast beef and cheese.

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California

Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa

Russian River Brewing in northern California is known for making some of the best (and rarest) beers in the country, including beloved IPAs like Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig, but they also make some of the best pizza on the West Coast. Great beer, killer pizza and awesome northern California scenery. What more could you want?

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Colorado

Under the Sun Eatery & Brewpub, Boulder

Mountain Sun Brewery’s Under the Sun Eatery & Brewpub (located, cleverly, under the brewery) offers up Instagram-worthy small plates and entrees and some of the most gorgeous wood-fired pizzas you’ll ever eat. A wonderful beer list makes sure you won’t leave thirsty.

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Connecticut

These Guys Brewing, Norwich

Norwich’s These Guys Brewing is an unpretentious tavern that serves food and beer that could be pretentious about if they wanted to be. Upscale pub fare shares space with solid brews like the humorously named Effed Up On Pilz Pilsner. Play a game of pool while you enjoy their creations!

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Delaware

Dogfish Head Brewery, Rehoboth Beach

Dogfish Head Brewery hardly needs an introduction. These beloved weirdos make some of the most popular (and often strangest) beers in the country, and their Brewings & Eats headquarters also makes some destination-worthy foods and features frequent special events.

(Dogfish Head also made our list of the Best Pub Food in Every State!)

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Florida

Tomoka Brewing, Port Orange

Pizzas, burgers, seafood and tons of appetizers provide options to sustain you through Tomoka Brewing’s excellent beer list. It can all be enjoyed inside in front of big screen televisions, or on the outdoor patio if you want to soak in the Florida sun or the balmy breeze from Atlantic Ocean two miles away.

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Georgia

From the Earth Brewing, Roswell

From the Earth Brewing in Roswell works with local food growers to source sustainably-grown produce for their delectable food menu. Try the roasted beet salad with goat cheese and balsamic dressing, or the house-made Belgian chocolate chip cookie. Oh, and the beer is awesome, too!

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Hawaii

Waikiki Brewing, Honolulu

As if you needed an excuse to visit Hawaii, know that the island chain has some really good breweries these days. Honolulu’s Waikiki Brewing runs two brewpubs, and their main location has an awesome outdoor patio area for enjoying good food along with beers often infused with Hawaiian ingredients.

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Idaho

Sockeye Brewing & Grill, Boise

Idaho’s first craft brewery to can their beers also run two excellent brewpubs in Boise. Head to Sockeye Brewing’s main pub and enjoy a delectable menu, including numerous preparations of the namesake salmon. Wash down the fish with Sockeye’s sturdy pints and, if weather permits, enjoy the outdoor patio.

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Illinois

Moody Tongue Brewing, Chicago

Chicago’s Moody Tongue isn’t your typical brewpub. They specialize in only two dishes—oysters and a 12-layer chocolate cake, but both are likely to be the best you’ve ever had. Head brewer Jared Rouben is an award-winning chef, and his beers and food are dialed in to pair perfectly together.

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Indiana

3 Floyds Brewing, Munster

One of the coolest and edgiest breweries in the country also runs a top-notch brewpub. The lovable rebels at 3 Floyds in Munster serve up excellent pub fare with their sought-after beers. Try the generous pork belly tacos with one of their year-round brews, but be sure to scan the beer list for rarities and one-off batches.

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Iowa

Big Grove Brewery, Iowa City

Iowa City’s Big Grove Brewery weds well-made, non-fussy classic beer styles with a Korean- and Vietnamese-influenced menu inside their large, gorgeous taproom pub. Try the Korean BBQ Wings or the Banh Mi sandwich with the Arms Race Pale Ale.

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Kansas

Blind Tiger Brewing & Restaurant, Topeka

Topeka’s Blind Tiger Brewing & Restaurant’s expansive menu features greats steaks, burgers and countless other tasty options, but it’s not as expansive as the restaurant itself, which stretches across eight floors. Award-winning beers provide liquid happiness, and a portion of every pint of Tiger Bite IPA goes to support Sumatran tigers through the Topeka Zoo.

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Kentucky

Bluegrass Brewing, Louisville

Bluegrass Brewing’s pub in downtown Louisville pub is the oldest in the city, and the unassuming quality of their menu speaks to years of honing their craft. Try the Altbier-battered fish with an Altbier Amber Ale, the beer used to make it.

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Louisiana

NOLA Brewing, New Orleans

When New Orleans craft beer heavyweights NOLA Brewing teamed up with local barbecue master McClure’s BBQ to provide food for their brewery taproom, it was a match made in heaven. Head to NOLA’s warehouse headquarters and pair some perfectly tender brisket with their Irish Channel Stout.

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Maine

Foulmouthed Brewing, Portland

Located in an old auto repair garage in Portland, Foulmouthed Brewing claim they’re “pushing the boundaries of modern comfort food” at their brewpub, and their beers are pretty boundary-pushing too. Try the Al Pastor Pulled Duck with their Rhubard de Garde, a tart and earthy French-style ale brewed with local rhubarb.

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Maryland

The Brewer’s Art, Baltimore

Prepare to be impressed at The Brewer’s Art in Baltimore. This isn’t your typical brewpub fare, with dishes like Summer Squash Falafel and Oxtail Mezzaluna, but an open mind (and wallet) will help you navigate the menu. Belgian-leaning beers brewed on site round out the dining experience.

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Massachusetts

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant, Great Barrington

Barrington Brewery & Restaurant in Great Barrington has been serving killer sandwiches and solid brews for nearly a quarter century, but you’ll want to make sure you have enough room left in our tummy for their legendary Chocolate Stout Cake. You can cook with beer, too—here are recipes that call for a cold one.

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Michigan

Jolly Pumpkin, Ann Arbor

The eclectic folks at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales specialize in barrel-aged sour ales, but they love good food as much as the rest of us, and their brewpub in Ann Arbor (they run pubs in Traverse City and Royal Oak as well) offers amazing pizzas and fun shareables like warm, marinated olives and charcuterie boards in an upscale tiki-bar atmosphere.

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Minnesota

Day Block Brewing, Minneapolis

Speaking of pizza, not many brewpubs do it better than Day Block Brewing in Minneapolis. Specialty pies like the Taco Truck with carnitas, cilantro, salsa and other south of the border toppings set them apart, and work well with innovative brews like the Coconut Pale Ale.

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Mississippi

Lazy Magnolia Brewery, Kiln

“The Porch” menu at Lazy Magnolia isn’t huge, but offers beautiful shared options for calming the munchies while you sip their excellent beers. BBQ Chicken Pizza, Coastal Seafood Dip and “Mississippi’s Best Brat” pair nicely with regionally-inspired beers like Southern Pecan and Cherry Pickin’. (Don’t miss our guide to pairing beer with food.)

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Missouri

Urban Chestnut, St. Louis

Urban Chestnut’s three St. Louis locations all serve unique food menus, but head to their Grove brewpub and grab the currywurst with pomme frites, and wash it down with their Zwickel lager.

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Montana

Neptune’s Brewery, Livingston

The motto of Neptune’s Brewery is “Drink Like a God,” and fortunately, you can eat like one too at their Livingston brewpub. The hot menu is heavy on seafood, and they also feature an extensive sushi menu, ensuring you can drink AND eat like the god of the sea.

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Nebraska

Benson Brewery, Omaha

Benson Brewery’s Omaha brewpub opened in 2013, but it has a comfortable, lived-in feel. Try the Jerk Chicken or the New Orleans BBQ Shrimp the amusingly named New Brewer, Who Dis? New England-style IPA or the Lemongrass Saison.

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Nevada

Great Basin Brewing, Reno

Best known for their Ichthyosaur “ICKY” IPA, named for Nevada’s aquatic fossils, Great Basin Brewing operate brewpubs in Reno and Sparks. At the Sparks headquarters, opened in 1993, grab the Sonoran-style fish tacos with the Wild Horse Amber Ale or the Alley Oop Dunkelweizen.

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New Hampshire

Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth

Portsmouth Brewery was has been serving great beer since 1991, and they claim to have “food as good as our beer,” too. Chow down on their famous mussels, Mediterranean Linguini or Dragon Tuna with a glass of peppery Belgian Saison dans la Maison.

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New Jersey

The Ship Inn Restaurant & Brewery, Milford

The Ship Inn was the first brewpub in New Jersey since Prohibition, and they specialize in classic British pub foods and beer styles and offer a wide area of whiskeys from America and the UK. All of it can be enjoyed in their cozy, Old World-style pub in Milford.

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New Mexico

Quarter Celtic Brewing, Albuquerque

Albuquerque might not be the place you expect to find an Irish & British-inspired brewery, but Quarter Celtic likes to do things differently. Have a plate of bangers & mash or corned beef & cabbage with a Pedro O’Flanagan’s Mexican Lager in this bustling, family-friendly brewpub.

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New York

Sato Brewpub, Buffalo

Sato Brewpub is in the basement of the oldest skyscraper in Buffalo, and the just happens to serve some of the best authentic ramen and Japanese comfort food on this side of the Pacific. Sato beers often feature Japanese spices, like Rabbit in the Moon, an amber ale brewed with green tea and toasted brown rice.

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North Carolina

Brewery Bhavana, Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh’s Brewery Bhavana brings together concepts and cultures that meld perfectly into a sublime dining and drinking experience. Dim sum cuisine, Belgian-inspired beer, an elegant but casual atmosphere and exceptional service make this the best place to go for a good beer and good food in the Triangle.

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North Dakota

Fargo Brewing Ale House, Fargo

The thoughtful but relaxed atmosphere of Fargo Brewing Ale House is echoed in the menu and beer list. Both are tastefully curated and impeccably executed, but aren’t pretentious. Try a flight of beers with one of the restaurant’s cheese or charcuterie boards.

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Ohio

Great Lakes Brewing, Cleveland

Great Lakes Brewing is an Ohio legend in craft beer. Founded in 1988, they’ve been putting out great beers for longer than many craft beer fans have been alive. Their Cleveland brewpub offers an elevated dining experience and rarities on tap. Try the Chorizo and Mussels Linguine with a Raspberry Holy Moses White Ale, which is used in the dish.

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Oklahoma

Prairie Artisan Ales, Tulsa

Located in the historic Brady District of downtown Tulsa, the Prairie Artisan Ales brewpub serves some unusual, delicious foods to go with their coveted beers. Try the Port-Simmered Grape Bruschetta or the Carrot Coconut Soup before diving into the Bomb! Braised Short Ribs made with their beloved Bomb! Imperial Stout.

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Oregon

Wayfinder Beer, Portland

There are a ton of amazing brewpubs in Portland and all around Oregon, but set your course for Wayfinder, located in a hundred-year-old warehouse in the city’s Central Eastside. Food is respected as much as beer here, and you can enjoy both in the large taproom or on the outdoor patio with a firepit.

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Pennsylvania

La Cabra Brewing, Berwyn

La Cabra’s Latin-inspired pub menu provides more variety than your typical burgers and pizza, with delectable small plates and creative entrees. The beer list ranges from well-executed standards to imaginative diversions. The pub itself is sleek but rustic.

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Rhode Island

Trinity Brewhouse, Providence

Trinity Brewhouse was established in the heart of downtown Providence in 1995, and their comfortable pub serves up great beer and good. Try the Spicy Trinity Chili with a Jamaican Me Crazy Milk Stout.

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South Carolina

Edmund’s Oast Brewing, Charleston

Named for a legendary local figure of the American Revolution who earned the nickname “The Rebel Brewer,” Edmund’s Oast is about as cool an establishment as you’ll find anywhere. There are more incredible items on the dinner and dessert menus than you can possibly try in one sitting, and the beer list is classy, clever and planned for pairing.

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South Dakota

Remedy Brewing, Sioux Falls

Chilled out Sioux Falls brewpub Remedy Brewing features live music, trivia and other fun events regularly, and you can join in the fun while working through their beer list and menu of small plates, flatbreads and sandwiches. Save room for ice cream from local creamery Stensland Family Farms.

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Tennessee

Blackberry Farms, Walland

Blackberry Farms is less brewpub than brew-rural-restaurant, but the food and drink are world-class. Nestled into the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farms make award-winning wine and beer, and pair both with cuisine they refer to as “rugged but refined.” This place is a destination worth making plans around.

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Texas

Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery, Austin

Black Star is a cooperatively-owned brewpub in Texas beloved by foodies and beer lovers alike. Try the Coconut Curry with the Rover Belgian Golden Strong Ale while enjoying the hip pub’s fun atmosphere and regular events.

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Utah

Squatters Pub Brewery, Salt Lake City

Squatters Pub Brewery in Salt Lake City is a big, bustling place, but they aim for a relaxed atmosphere and a comforting food to pair with their beers. Order a few appetizers and share a pitcher of house-brewed beer before tackling their big burgers and entrees.

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Vermont

Zero Gravity Brewing Flatbread Brewpub, Burlington

Zero Gravity was founded in 2014 inside the American Flatbread Burlington Hearth restaurant, which serves up flatbreads made with local ingredients and baked inside a wood-fired clay dome hearth. The brewery’s motto is “Brewed for Food,” and their excellent pints do work beautifully with the rustic and delicious flatbread pizzas.

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Virginia

The Answer Brewpub, Richmond

An Bui made a name for himself as the head of his family’s beer-centric Vietnamese restaurant before branching out into brewing his own beer at The Answer Brewpub. Pairing Vietnamese comfort food with buzz-worthy hoppy brews and beers infused with unusual ingredients like peanut butter, coffee and coconut, The Answer is a memorable place to spend a Richmond evening.

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Washington

Pike Brewing Tankard & Tun, Seattle

Pike Brewing played a major role in establishing craft beer in Washington state, and the Seattle brewery’s new Pike Place Market brewpub Tankard & Tun allows you to taste their impeccable brews with some of the freshest Northwest seafood you’ll ever taste.

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Washington, D.C.

Right Proper Brewing’s Shaw Brewpub

Right Proper Brewing’s Shaw Brewpub (beside the historic Howard Theater) offers shareable plates and well-executed pub classics with a beer list leaning toward the historic and rustic. Farmhouse and Belgian styles provide versatile pairings and match the warm wood and brick interior.

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West Virginia

Morgantown Brewing, Morgantown

Poutine. Tex-Mex. Burgers. Wings. These are a few of the things Morgantown Brewing does well. They also make some thoughtful twists on classic craft beer styles. Try the El Diablo poutine with chorizo, jalapeño and sriracha with 2-on-2 Streetball, a hazy, fruity double IPA brewed with oatmeal and German Hefeweizen yeast.

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Wisconsin

Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery is known for having one of the best (and funniest) brewery tours in the country, but they also serve up some excellent hearty comfort food in their pub. Daily specials through the week culminate in a weekly Friday fish fry, and an extensive beer list provides plenty of liquid comfort as well.

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Wyoming

Wind River Brewing, Pinedale

A sunny patio in the summer and a cozy taproom in the winter make Wind River Brewing’s brewpub a great destination year-round. A lengthy menu, including several great salad options, makes sure you won’t leave hungry. Try the Arugula and Beet salad with the Mongo Mango wheat ale with mango.

David Nilsen
David Nilsen is a professional beer writer and educator and book critic. He is a Certified Cicerone, and a National Book Critics Circle member. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter and a very irritable cat.
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