7. Mother's Brewing
As recently as 2009, the facility that houses Mother's was cranking out bread, cakes and other goods for Interstate Bakeries. Mother's founder Jeff Schrag didn't start turning it into a 40-barrel brewhouse until 2010 and brewmaster Brian Allen, who'd hopped around breweries in Wisconsin and hooked on with
Boston Beer Works
, didn't get a full year of brewing in until 2011. While there's little about everyday offerings such as Towhead American Blonder, Lil' Helper IPA or Three Blind Mice brown ale that heralded Mother's as a sleeping giant, small-batch brews including the exceptional 10% ABV Foggy Notion barleywine, Doozy Double IPA and D'Lila hoppy witbier helped Mother's impress beer drinkers enough to expand distribution into Kansas City, Arkansas and beyond. As with the other breweries on this list, however, Mother's presence in its home communities can't be discounted. From running movie nights and bocce tournaments to hosting bike crawls and cask-beer nights, Mother's puts a lot of legwork behind its growing numbers.