Meet the Class of 2016

These three up-and-coming breweries are the ones to watch in the year ahead.


Tributary Brewing Co.

Kittery, Maine

Why is Tributary one to watch? Two words: Tod Mott, creator of Harpoon IPA and the Portsmouth Brewery’s Kate the Great Imperial Stout. After 25 years in the biz, Mott opened his own brewery and taproom last year; IPAs, saisons, and imperial stouts are but a few of the styles in his extensive portfolio.

barreled souls

Barreled Souls Brewing Co.

Saco, Maine

Despite having a brewery stocked with board games, Matt Mills and Chris Schofield make some very serious beers: They’ve been in business since July, and already the duo have introduced some 40 offerings (radlers, goses, sessionable IPAs) on their 12-tap system. Next up: an array of exciting barrel-aging projects.


OEC (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores)

Oxford, Connecticut

Built along Connecticut’s lazy back roads, Benjamin Neidhart’s apothecary-themed brewhouse explores Germany’s forgotten past as a hub for refreshing ales and sours. To give his beers a funky character, Neidhart utilizes his family’s on-site greenhouses, using herbs and berries in a variety of brews.


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