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Mapping the Santa Cruz Brewery Trail

Santa Cruz is mostly famous for three things: The birthplace of continental United States surfing culture, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and 80s cult classic Lost Boys. Now we can add to the list “a destination for fans of craft brewers.” Over the last decade, the stretch of Route 1 cutting through Santa Cruz County has become an unofficial brewery trail with nearly a dozen craft beer makers setting up shop. You’ll find nine of those brewers along an easily (designated) drivable 14-mile stretch. We recommend making a weekend out of it and staying at a central location (check out our non-tourist guide to Santa Cruz for other opportunities). We’ve plotted the course and made recommendations for what to sample.

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13 Essential Chicago Breweries with Taprooms

The area within the borders that define Chicago is packed with breweries. However, it wasn’t always that way. Chicago was a bit of a brewing desert until Goose Island arrived barely three decades ago. ¬†While Goose Island (now a product of Anheuser-Busch) placed the craft beer revolution tinder it would still be another decade before Three Floyds added the much-needed spark across the border in Hammond, Indiana (they’d later move to nearby Munster).

Today, according to The Hop Review‘s absolutely essential Chicago breweries list (bookmark it), there are no less than 70 breweries within the city proper (and a whopping 114 breweries in the burbs). We’ve previously documented the fact that between the dates of May 25 and July 18 no less than 12 breweries opened taprooms in Chicagoland as a whole. That’s roughly 1.3 breweries opening per week. It’s hard to keep up.

We’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the some of the essential Chicago breweries pouring beers in tap rooms or restaurants (before someone says anything, the taproom distinction is the only reason badass breweries like Pipeworks didn’t make the cut. That will likely change once they open the new facility).

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Chicago Brewery Boom: 9 Weeks Equals 12 New Breweries

The Chicago brewery boom doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. 2017 has been hopping with new breweries and the last three months being especially¬†busy. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the newest entrants in this constantly fermenting market.

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