Established in 1998 in Bakersfield, Calif., Lengthwise Brewing Co. brews big beers including its ever popular Zeus Imperial IPA.Zeus was the sky and thunder God in ancient Greek religion who ruled as king of the Gods of Mount Olympus and this bold beer deserves the title of the strongest of the Greek Gods. Zeus Imperial IPA is brewed mainly with 2-row barley and a bit of 40L crystal malt with Zeus hops added in the kettle and then intensely dry-hopped with Citra hops in both the fermenter and bright beer tank.
Kern River Brewing Co. is located in the stunning southern Sierra Mountain Range's quaint town of Kernville, Calif. Isolated and with a population of under 1,500 people one has to ask, why would anyone start a brewery here?
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery really needs no introduction to anyone that at least knows something about the industry. Started in 1995 by Sam Calagione in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Dogfish Head is at the top of its game when it comes to pushing the limits on what odd ingredients can be added to the mash and produced into amazing, innovative and over-the-top brews. Of course, its slogan fits its beers to a tee, Off-centered Ales For Off-centered People.
Established in 2006, AleWerks Brewing Co., has gained a reputation for fine beer. Whether it's year-round or special, seasonal releases, its beers have become more sought after year after year. The brewery is located in the heart of Williamsburg, Va. and it operates a direct fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house and ferments all of its beers in state-of-the-art conical fermenters.
The inception of Alaskan Brewing Co. dates back to 1986 when Marcy and Geoff Larson were 28-years-old. One cool thing about them, other than being in Alaska, is that they were the first brewery in the US to install a carbon dioxide recovery system and as a result have not bought carbon dioxide in over 13 years.
Reaver Beach Brewing is a relatively new brewery to the craft beer scene. It was founded in 2010 in Virginia Beach, Va. by newlyweds Justin and Kristin McDonald.Beer production started on a very small scale, brewing only 12 gallons at a time. A used five barrel brewhouse was purchased from a small brewery in New Hampshire sat unused, while waiting for a natural gas line to be dug to the building. Once fuel was introduced to the 155 gallon system, production increased and ran at a steady pace from 2010-2013. Struggling to keep up with demand for its beer, at the end of 2013, construction began on a new facility, and in January of 2014, the first batches of beer were brewed on a new 15 barrel brewhouse into shiny, new 30 barrel fermenters. In February 2014, the doors officially opened at their new facility and taproom.
It is arguably the most famous, sought after, talked about and otherwise storied brew of this proverbial craft beer renaissance. Spanning a full decade this beer has won two bronze and three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup, as well as, being voted the number one commercial beer in the world by the homebrewing publication Zymurgy for six years straight. That's right, I said six years straight. It is also credited with spawning the immense popularity of the double India pale ale—or imperial India pale ale—style.
Alaskan Brewing Co.’s Pilot Series is another one of the breweries special lines that have grown out of the Rough Draft Series, much like the Hopothermia that I reviewed back in February. The Pilot Series rotates through these beers, much like seasonals and are a limited production that is shipped nationwide to all states they distribute in.