There were more than 8,700 breweries in the US as of 2020, but only 50 can claim the title of oldest continuous running brewery in its home state. We dug through available records, followed craft beer history timelines, and evaluated many (many) competing claims between breweries claiming to be the true first in the state, to find the oldest brewery in every state. We didn’t include the Budweisers and Millers of the world that you’re already familiar with, though we did include some of the smaller breweries that they own — either directly or through subsidiaries. Those are noted when necessary.
Whether you’re looking for a taste of where a state’s brewing and beer culture all started or you’re interested in building out a bucket list, these are the breweries to know on your travels.
Brewery entries were compiled by staff writer Eben Diskin, assistant food and drink editor Elisabeth Sherman, and food and drink editor Nickolaus Hines.