1. Deschutes Brewery, 109 pts
Founded: 1988, Bend
Owned by its employees, and available in half of the states in the US (and two Canadian provinces), this relatively massive craft brew slinger got that way by focusing on sustainability and community... and by providing said community with badass beers made by using state-of-the-art tools in their brewery on the banks of the Deschutes River.
Key Beers: Obsidian Stout, Mirror Pond Pale Ale
Here's how we awarded the points:
Awards for individual beers
Each beer in the BeerAdvocate 250 or RateBeer 100: 3pts
Medals in The Great American Beer Festival or World Beer Cup since 2004: 3pts Gold, 2pts Silver, 1pt Bronze
Recognition for breweries overall
Prominent outlets have published Best Breweries in America lists of different lengths, so we awarded 10 points for a top-10 finish, 9 points for an 11-20 finish, and so forth (no list is longer than 100) for appearances on recent best brewery lists from RateBeer, Paste, and The Daily Meal.
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