If you have a beer in your hand, life is probably good. And if you have the best beer, life is probably even better, especially if it's from the best craft brewery in your state.
How are we defining "best brewery" here? Obviously, making fantastic beer is a must -- although that's happening in so many places these days that it's becoming an extremely delicious problem. Does size matter? To a degree; if two breweries we like are pretty close in quality and one of them is providing beer to many more people, that could tip the scale in its favor, but we might also go with the smaller place that's inspiring fans to drive hours for its beers.
Check out our picks below and read about some beers to add to your bucket list, or just scroll down to your state and head straight to the comments section to heckle us about our brewery choice. However you want to play it, happy drinking!
Back Forty Beer Co. (address and info)
Slowly but surely, Alabama has been pushing back against its reputation as a craft beer wasteland, which… well, considering that until recently there were laws against brewing above 6%, direct sales, and 22oz bottles, it was. It's a different era now -- the era of Back Forty, which has held the crown as 'Bama's best brewery since opening in 2009 with its instant-classic Naked Pig pale ale. And while there's a stable of reliable IPAs and browns, BF doesn't treat its fans with kid gloves, as evidenced by challenging brews such as the Mandarin Chief black IPA loaded with oranges. In Alabama, none of that even matters, though, if it's not tailgate-ready. Luckily it comes in cans. Might we recommend the Fence Post session for the long haul? It comes in at a light 4.5%... only this time, it's by choice.