A Beer Lover’s Bucket List: The World’s Best Breweries

The explosion of interest in craft beer over the past ten years enabled brewers around the world to really up their beer game.  Beer drinkers are savvier and more adventurous than ever before, so brewers can develop some truly amazing beer to please their consumers.  As a result, the brewing world has become increasingly competitive.  Each year the world’s top beer rating website releases a list of their choices for the world’s best breweries.  If you are a true beer connoisseur, you should seek out beer from these five top-notch breweries.

Hill Farmstead Brewery



Hill Farmstead Brewery is the culmination of many years of travel and insight—of experience and education—of friendships and explorations.


Located in Greensburo, Vermont, this brewery earned a top spot on this list for several years.  This brewery prizes the history of Vermont and of their own families.  Many of their beers have been inspired by the brewers’ great, great grandfathers and grandmothers.  Hill Farmstead beer is only available in Vermont, so we suggest paying a visit to the brew house located onsite in Greensburo.

Cycle Brewing


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This low-key brewery sits roadside in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. You will need to go to the source to taste Cycle’s delicious beer.  Bottle releases are rare, and they tend to sell out quickly.  Thankfully, you can always grab a glass to enjoy in their brewery bar or on the patio outside.  To ensure you always enjoy your choice, Cycle offers free tastes of everything they have on tap before you buy.

Trillium Brewing Company


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Trillium Brewing Company was established on the values of family, passion, and dedication. Celebratory ales were first crafted to commemorate the marriage of founders JC and Esther Tetreault. This initial concept evolved into a lifestyle and dream to share, not only beer, but experiences with one another and their community.


Trillium is a New England farmhouse style brewery in South Boston.  While you can find bottles of their well-loved beer in the greater Boston area, we suggest visiting the Trillium Taproom in Canton.  There you can enjoy beer from freshly tapped barrels or specialty beers from cellar bottles.

Cigar City Brewing



At Cigar City Brewing we make beer we like to drink and toast those who choose to drink with us. Behind all our beer is the philosophy that quality is achieved by giving first rate ingredients to first rate people in a space where they are free to pursue their passion.


Less than a 90 minute drive from Disney World, Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay offers an attraction for a different audience.  Beer lovers flock to Cigar City for beers which evoke the flavors of Florida, many of which feature coconut, lime, or tropical vanilla.  Cigar City distributes throughout the United States, but you can also visit their tasting room onsite in Tampa Bay.

Cloudwater Brew Co



At the heart of our brewery is a deep love for the changing seasons, each bringing with it an invitation to enjoy the scarcity and abundance the natural world offers. We want to showcase the ebb and flow by using seasonal ingredients at their very best, and taking inspiration from the change of lifestyle each season creates.


Cloudwater Brew Co in Manchester, England specializes in seasonal beers, releasing four distinct lineups each year.  Those lines feature local ingredients to create unique, fresh flavors and an ever-changing rotation of beers.  Head to their brewery tap in Manchester to taste this season’s offerings.

While these breweries are RateBeer’s top picks, we are sure our readers have some amazing favorites as well.  Share the name of your favorite breweries with us in the comment section or on social media. If you would like suggestions for our favorite craft beers, check out our list here.

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A Beer Lover’s Bucket List: The World’s Best Breweries