25 States Welcome New Breweries This Spring

By Meghan Storey

According to the Brewers Association (BA), publishers of CraftBeer.com, 250 breweries opened in 2011 while only 37 closed. The BA also reported that 1,989 breweries, employing approximately 103,585 workers, were operating in the U.S. in 2011—an 11 percent increase from the previous year.

“We saw rapid growth in brewery openings last year, particularly with microbrewery start-ups, and these numbers are poised to rise even more in 2012,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “In February 2012, we already topped 2,000 operating breweries—a truly remarkable milestone. We look forward to even more success and the continued expansion of the craft beer market.”

BA Press Release: Craft Brewing Volume Hops 13 Percent

In the past three months (March, April, May) the BA’s research shows that more than 50 breweries in 25 states have opened. These breweries make craft beer more accessible to beer drinkers across the country and often create much needed jobs for their local economies.

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2012 Spring Brewery Openings

Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C., Wisconsin


Dragoon Brewing Co. 
Tucson, Arizona


Latitude 33 Brewing Co.
Vista, California

Monkish Brewing Co. 
Torrance, California

Offbeat Brewing Co.
Escondido, California

Societe Brewing Co.
San Diego, California


Echo Brewing 
Frederick, Colorado

TRVE Brewing Co.
Denver, Colorado

Vine Street Pub & Brewery
Denver, Colorado

BRU Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Big Choice Brewing Co.
Broomfield, Colorado

City Star Brewing
Berthoud, Colorado


Argilla Brewing Co. @ Pietro’s Pizza
Newark, Delaware


Darwin’s on 4th
Sarasota, Florida

Props Craft Brewery
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Due South Brewing Co.
Boynton Beach, Florida


Burnt Hickory Brewery
Kennesaw, Georgia


Snow Eagle Brewing
Idaho Falls, Idaho


Baderbrau Brewing Co.
Chicago, Illinois

Solemn Oath Brewery
Naperville, Illinois

Pig Minds Brewing Co.
Machesney Park, Illinois


Crazy Eye Brewing
Hiawatha, Kansas


West Sixth Brewing Co.
Lexington, Kentucky


Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant
Baltimore, Maryland


Rochester Mills Beer Co. – Production Facility
Auburn Hills, Michigan

Granite City Food & Brewery
Troy, Michigan


Borealis Fermentery
Knife River, Minnesota

Badger Hill Brewing Co. 
Twin Cities, Minnesota


John A. Huber Brewing Co.
Jackson, Missouri

Rock Bridge Brewing Co.
Columbia, Missouri

New Jersey

Turtle Stone Brewing Co.
Vineland, New Jersey

Flounder Brewing Co.
Somerset County, New Jersey

New Mexico

Broken Bottle Brewery
Albuquerque, New Mexico

New York

Community Beer Works 
Buffalo, New York

North Carolina

Tipping Point Tavern
Waynesville, North Carolina

Brevard Brewing Co.
Brevard, North Carolina


Zauber Brewing Co.
Columbus Ohio


Dragon’s Gate Brewery
Milton Freewater, Oregon

Gigantic Brewing Co.
Portland, Oregon


Doylestown Brewing Co.
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 

Round Guys Brewing Co.
Lansdale, Pennsylvania 

Naked Brewing Co.
Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania 


Rogness Brewing Co.
Pflugerville, Texas

Guadalupe Brewery
New Braunfels, Texas


Midnight Brewery
Rockville, Virginia

Brass Cannon Brewery
Toano, Virginia


Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.
Woodinville, Washington

Elliot Bay Public House & Brewery
Seattle, Washington

Kulshan Brewing Co.
Bellingham, Washington

Brickyard Brewing Co.
Woodinville, Washington

Washington, D.C.

3 Stars Brewing Co.
Washington, D.C.


3 Sheeps Brewing Co.
Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Sweet Mullets Brewing Co.
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Port Huron Brewing Co.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Contact Info

Company: Brewers Association
Contact: Erin Glass
E-mail: erin@brewersassociation.org