Think about your favorite craft brewery in the state you live in. Because we can read your mind (... don't worry, we'll leave your brain better than we found it), we've probably mentioned that brewery in our story about the best brewery in every state. The thing is, when you're talking about a single-best brewery (or anything, really), that means that so many others aren't being talked about that are more than worthy of discussion -- underrated, one might even call them. Since more breweries ought to be praised for the important work of making sure America has enough amazing beer to drink, we discounted our previous picks for the best brewery in each state and sought to identify the brewery most deserving of a little extra love. That could mean anything from established players who've been doin' it (and doin' it well) so long that people have started to take them for granted a bit in the face of newer, shinier breweries, to, well, newer, shinier breweries that haven't quite emerged as household names yet but whose beer absolutely merits that kind of ubiquity. Point is, this celebration of the unsung hero of each state is subjective, just as any list might be. But they're all places we love, places that, for whatever reason, don't get to sit at the top of the totem nearly often enough. They're the most underrated breweries in each state. Are there places we underrated even further by neglecting to mention them? Well, extol their virtues in the comments so we know what we're missing.
AlabamaAvondale Brewing Co. (address and info) Birmingham Top-rated breweries: Back Forty Beer Co., Good People Brewing Co.
Being housed in a historic building that's been everything from a saloon to a brothel kind of steeps Avondale in history, which might explain why, despite being relatively new to the scene, it's pumping out beers with the precision of folks who have been in the business for decades. Whether it's the Miss Fancy's tripel -- named for a beer-swilling elephant of Birmingham's yesteryear -- or the Pachyderm pale (these guys really like that long-nosed bastard), Avondale has emerged from Back Forty's considerable shadow, making huge strides in elevating the city's scene. Even better? The place is haunted. And, naturally, old Meredith has her own Oktoberfest to keep her appeased.
AlaskaKassik's Brewery (address and info) Nikiski Top-rated breweries: Anchorage Brewing Co., Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska’s far from short on big-name breweries (Midnight Sun, Anchorage, Alaskan), but in far-flung Nikiski, a former homebrewer runs a 10-tap brewhouse, while also distributing his work to bars and restaurants around the state and bottling some of his suds so that traders around the country might be able to snag some. That's awfully kind of him, because the smoked Russian imperial stout is an example of how to do smoked beers right, and the Caribou Kilt is both a fine rendition of a Scotch ale and literally the best possible name for a Scotch ale brewed in Alaska. More Stuff You Will Like