The website conducted the survey by asking leading craft beer experts to nominate their favorites out of the 2,538 craft breweries in the country. The criteria to be considered best included "solid flagship beers, interesting new styles and seasonal beers, as well as the business of design, marketing, and fan base-building."
The Daily Meal received 72 nominations, then asked its readers to put it to a vote. What's left is a ranked list of 25 breweries in the nation, including New Belgium, Sam Adams, Lagunitas, and Stone Brewing.
But at the very top was Dogfish Head, which the website says "packs a giant punch, as they now operate out of a 100,000-square-foot converted cannery and sell their beer, including their original Shelter Pale Ale, to more than 25 states." They went onto say that the brewery will continue to be a game changer and quoted Jason Morgan, the founding partner of Craft Brewing Business: "When I think of craft beer, Dogfish Head is the first brewery that pops into my head."
Congrats, Dogfish Head! We think we'll celebrate with a refreshing 60 Minute IPA.