While many breweries explode out the gate, Breakside has evolved at a steady clip, starting with a humble brewpub, expanding to a warehouse capable of pumping out 10,000 barrels, going into bottles, experimenting with barrel aging (the big boss has brewed more than 100 different beers in a given year), and now expanding to another brewpub in its hometown of Portland. Oh, and it's made what the GABF deemed the best IPA in America. Breakside’s slow expansion now includes Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, and BC. With any luck, the expansion will pick up so it can be had by all.
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Zach Mack is Thrillist's contributing beer writer, the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in NYC, a newly minted cicerone, and nothing else. Follow him: @zmack.