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Nicole Erny and Averie Swanson know more about beer than just about anyone and they have the Master Cicerone certification to prove it.
"We're very conscious of who's reflected behind the bar. We want everyone to walk in and feel like they're included in that space.”
The queer brewer has used her vast following to launch an apprenticeship program supporting diversity in craft beer.
- Goose Island Beer Company
This is one of the best low-calorie IPAs we've ever had.
- Einstök Ölgerð
This robust porter is like a trip to Reykjavik in a bottle.
- Bearded Iris Brewing
The Nashville-based brewery brought the haze craze to Tennessee.
- Austin Eastciders
The Texas cider-maker's seasonal offering is basically hot apple cider in alcoholic form… served cold, of course.
- New Glarus Brewing
Not to disparage the good name of Spotted Cow, but Wisconsin's New Glarus routinely does better with this stellar pale ale.
Blackout Stout is a case study in how to layer roasty, bitter, and sweet flavors in an imperial stout.
- Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
Heavy on fresh citrus flavors with a subtle hint of earthy pine, this Chicago-made brew is no imposter.
- WeldWerks Brewing Company
Juicy Bits is a triple-threat of an IPA: it looks good, smells good, and tastes great.
“We really have developed a little capital, a northern lighthouse when it comes to craft beer.”
After Boulevard Brewing Co. was acquired in 2013, it made room for Kansas City's locally owned breweries to find traction and their own niche.
Whether east, west, south, central, or right outside the San Juan metropolitan area, there is a craft brewery nearby—and only more to come.