6. Ale Industries
Location: Oakland, CA (formerly Concord, CA)
About the brewery: Owners Morgan Cox and Steve Lopas used to spend their weekdays brewing at E.J. Phair and their weekends brewing at home, before stepping out on their own to form Ale Industries, which recently moved into a larger brewing space in Oakland complete with a taproom. As if their Barrels and Uniquities Department of cutting-edge beer wasn’t already enough to set them apart, Ale Industries also uses no fossil fuels. They employ a biofuel boiler, electric forklifts, and -- for distribution -- a biodiesel truck to make their operation carbon neutral, except for electricity.
Experts say: “They came to the market with a strong, simple lineup of very well-made beers without using the standard kick-you-in-the-balls calling card of extreme alcohol and massive hops.” -- Jason Kirmse, Fat Angel
Experts’ favorite brews: Unity, Rye’d Piper, Someone Talked!