What’s the best brewery in the world? Well, if you ask RateBeer, the answer is clear: Hill Farmstead in Greensboro, Vermont. For an astonishing seventh year in a row, this artisanal brewery bested over 33,000 others to win the highly coveted title.
On Feb. 17, popular beer review site RateBeer revealed its annual list of the best breweries in the world, based on reviewers out in the beer marketplace and historical performance. Hill Farmstead, which was founded in 2010, specializes in expertly crafted beers named after brewer Shaun Hill’s ancestors, all of whom have roots in the Greensboro area.
Highlights of Hill Farmstead’s tap list include the hoppy yet balanced American Imperial IPA Abner, the crisp pale ale Edward and its honey-infused ale, Anna.
Side Project Brewery out of Maplewood, Missouri, was named the No. 2 brewery in the world. Boston's Trillium Brewing Company, Tree House Brewing out of Charlton, Massachusetts, and Tampa, Florida's Cigar City Brewing round out the top five.
Overall, the United States absolutely dominated RateBeer’s list, with 66 of 100 of the best breweries. The highest-ranked international brewery is Cloudwater Brew Co. from Manchester, England, at No. 8. Cloudwater is perhaps best known for its ridiculously hopped beers. But even if you can’t get to one of these best breweries in the world, a high-class brew isn’t too far away if you simply seek out the best craft beer in America.