1. Boulevard Brewing, Kansas City, MO
The biggest star right now in the American craft beer scene and currently the largest speciality brewer in the Midwest, Boulevard has been cranking out top-quality brews since 1989. The Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale carries legendary status among the country’s tap fiends, thanks to its fruity nose, dominated by grapefruit, and its spicy yet dry finish. The seasonal Irish ale, with six roasted barley and pale malts, is also a star when you can find it, while the 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, a hybrid IPA and wheat beer, is great in a bottle, but at its best when found on draft. Other drops to look out for include the full-bodied and bittersweet Long Strange Tripel, the KC Pils and the Bully Porter.