This is not East Coast bias. It's a combination of breweries stepping up their games and new breweries bringing an infusion of great beer to the consumers. Here's the Top 10 breweries of 2010.
1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.
Sierra Nevada is a pioneer in the craft brewing world, and it's fitting that the year they celebrate its 30th anniversary that they have one of its best years ever. Founder Ken Grossman paired with luminaries of the beer world to brew four different, and excellent, 30th Anniversary collaboration ales. Those beers were all great, as was the Tumbler Harvest Brown Ale, which could be the best brown ale brewed in the U.S.
8. Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.
Boston Beer Company, also known as Samuel Adams, is another Massachusetts brewery that had a stellar year. The Infinium (collaboration with German brewery Weihenstephan) is the most notable, but the Latitude 48 (IPA) and the Noble Pils (pilsner), are both great, easy drinking beers, the kind you really want in your fridge at all times.
Glad our very own Boston Beer Company came in at #8! To see the full list from Norman Miller, click here!