Why they have a cult following: Aside from having one of the best IPAs in the country (they won last year), Breakside's lead brewer takes his ambitious nature to maybe-absurd levels, sometimes putting out as many as 100 different beers a year, ranging from spot-on sours to chili beers and, once, a brew made by throwing fresh strawberry rhubarb pies into the mash. The only thing more ridiculous than the idea was how good it was.
Our favorite beer: Both the Wanderlust and the standard-bearer IPA both got high marks from our IPA-loving Ben Robinson. No strawberry rhubarb pie beers in the bunch, sadly.
Why they have a cult following: When a supremely popular brewery's beers are only available in one state, that's an instant recipe for cult status. New Glarus and Alchemist are good examples of that, and Short's is another. And Short's does not make your typical specialty beers, like a stout aged in a bourbon barrel. Nope, Short's makes Pistachio Cream Ales and a Strawberry "Short's" Cake golden ale and a Bloody Mary beer. They do not mess around.