Long gone are the days when the brewpub was a fine-dining farce. Fried finger foods and inferior brews have been replaced by chef-driven menus, and the beer brewed in-house is a far cry from the watered-down, inferior selections that once flowed out of drafts across the nation. The quality of house-made brew rivals the nation’s top operations. In some cases, it even eclipses their larger-scale counterparts, thanks in part to increased variety, care, and creativity.
There’s zero doubt, however, that consumers are clamoring for this brand-driven product. The hyper-local demand is constantly growing, and it simply doesn’t get any more honest than beer made by the same restaurant serving the food.
Here are five brewpubs across the country with rabid fanbases:
Titletown Brewing Company
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN | USA Today named the legendary restaurant its No. 1 Brewpub in America as decided by popular vote this year. Opened in 1996 in the old Chicago & North Western railroad depot, the restaurant, located in Green Bay Packers territory, has a Hoppy Campers Club as well as a 400 Club that allows guests to drink its revered beers—like the Great American Beer Festival Gold-winning Boathouse Pilsner—out of a half-liter mug.
The Schlafly Tap Room
ST. LOUIS | Missouri’s first new brewpub since Prohibition opened its doors in 1991. European pub fare complements signature beers in a restored turn-of-the-century brick and timber building. Upward of 70 styles will be brewed each year. The restaurant will also suggest pairings. Fish and Fries with Pilsner, Fried Bologna and Ham Toastie with Kölsch, Schnitzel with Hefeweizen, and Mussels with Fries and Pale Ale are some of the favorites.