There are breweries all across the U.S. that are making some truly great craft beers, but I find that I tend to favor those that come from the West coast: Washington, Oregon and California. I’m sure that’s probably due, in part, to what I guess you’d call regional loyalty. I live in Washington and grew up most of the way in California. It’s probably also party due to the fact my first introduction to craft beers was in California were I was drinking stuff from some of the early craft beer pioneers like Sierra Nevada, Mendocino Brewing and Anderson Valley Brewing, just to name a few.
Despite my general West coast preferences, however, please don’t ever ask me to pick a single favorite beer or a single favorite brewery. It’s just become too difficult with so many great craft beer producers out there today. There are, however, some breweries in Oregon that are doing some truly amazing work, particularly in the Bend area. I’m a big fan of Crux, Boneyard and, of course, The Ale Apothecary – who was recently named one of the best 25 breweries in America by Gear Patrol. Also on the list were other West coast breweries: de Garde, Lost Abbey, Monkish, Sante Adairius & Sierra Nevada. Personally, I’m a bit disappointed that Seattle’s own Holy Mountain Brewing didn’t make the list.