The American microbrewing industry has been on the rise for the better part of three decades. There are nearly 1,400 in the United States as of 2006, and the local craft beer movement has only increased since then. Quality beers, refined processes, and social media have benefited a few exceptional micro and craft brewers, leading some to national acclaim.
These seven are consistently in the top 10 for their unique identities, quality brews, and loyalty among their local patrons. Whether you prefer a lager, a pale ale, or an IPA, you're sure to find a favorite amongst these contenders, most of which you can find at your nearest liquor store.