You might think you know everything about Hazy IPAs — where they come from, what they taste like, and even the biggest names in the haze game.
Well, we bet you haven’t heard of these rising stars! They’re all small-batch — and their beers rarely leave their home states. Getting a taste is next to impossible! But, each of the following 10 breweries is making big waves on the Hazy IPA scene.
So, buckle up and get ready to discover your new favorite!
These are just a few of the endlessly juicy, impenetrably hazy IPAs that have made fans fall head over heels for this tiny Midwest brewery.
Don’t be surprised if you’ve yet to taste ‘em — Narrow Gauge is so small, they don’t even have a dedicated taproom! Instead, they brew their pillowy soft, dreamy juicebombs in the basement of a family-run restaurant called Cugino’s. And, the only way to get your hands on a beer from Narrow Gauge is to pop into Cugino’s for a bite and a pint.
In fact, they’re the first (and only) brewery in the country to house a space specifically intended to double as a community center. Their commitment to bringing people together even earned them a shout out from CraftBeer.com and the Jeanette Rankin Peacemaker Award all in the same year!
But, that’s not the only reason hazeheads from all corners of Montana flock to Imagine Nation’s taproom or why VacationIdea.com named this crew one of the Best Breweries in Montana.
Nope. It’s because this husband-wife duo were the first to bring the Hazy IPA to the state with their cloudy, opaque, and supremely juicy Lupujus New England IPA series!
And now, fans can't get enough — in fact, Imagine Nation has quickly become THE Hazy king of Big Sky Country.
West Philadelphia may have been where the Fresh Prince was born and raised, but West Chester is where Philly locals go to indulge in some of the juiciest and haziest IPAs around — at Levante Brewing, of course!
These guys are hard to find away from the East Coast, but that hasn’t stopped them from climbing to the top of the ranks with juicebombs like Tickle Parts, Citra Drink, and South Pacific Hop Cartel.
In fact, when it comes to hazies, they’re a juice storm to be reckoned with — they even defeated NE-style IPA powerhouses Tired Hands and Other Half in a blind taste test by HopCulture!
If you want to get your hands on a seriously delicious brewski, head to Michigan.
That’s where you’ll find Old Nation and their pantry of hazebombs, like M-43, Boss Tweed, and Cart Horse.
Sure, they might be a whopping 750 miles from the birthplace of the New England style, but that hasn’t stopped them from making a juicy splash on the craft beer scene. Heck, they even caught the attention of Paste Magazine, who selected Old Nation as one of the 11 Breweries Outside of New England making New England Style IPAs!
Why are Southern craft beer fans so excited about this little brewery?
Probably because Resident Culture has seemingly mastered the art of the New England-style juicebomb — and they’re nowhere near New England! But honestly, after tasting their juiced up quenchers like Whatever You Feel Just Dance It, Thunder Stud, and Causal Continuum, we totally get it.
And, despite the fact that they just can’t keep up with demand (yep, they’re that popular) the reason you haven’t heard of them is because their pillowy soft brews — like Dreamyard and False Pattern — rarely stray more than 25 miles from the taproom!
But, they’ve still managed to impress the pants off some pretty important folks.
If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to drink like a viking, you gotta try a beer from Drekker.
Actually, you gotta try one of their crazy hyped Hazies, like Ectogasm, Wheez the Juice, or Freak Parade. Because, that’s what you’ll see spilling out of the pints of every fan in Drekker’s taproom — aptly named, “Brewhalla.”
And, because their mastery of the New England style has earned them fans well beyond the borders of Fargo, North Dakota.
They may reside in the same state as the NEIPA legends at Tired Hands, but Ever Grain’s ability to juice up even the hoppiest IPAs has shot them to the top of the ranks of the East Coast scene.
In fact, Hazies have become their thing. Scroll through their Instagram and you’ll see page after page of pillowy soft, golden-hued juicebombs — like Juice Juicy, Doose Juice, and Blue Detour — that are ripe for the drinking.
Back in 2016, The New York Timeswrote an article outlining a 36-hour stay in Los Angeles — what to do, where to eat, and, of course, where to snag a delicious brew.
Even though they were just one year young at the time, Mumford Brewing earned a stellar shoutout for its funky, brightly-painted taproom and standout list of Hazies, like Butterfly Scratch, One By Air, and Air Quotes.
But, the folks at NYT aren’t the only ones swooning for these SoCal natives. Mumford’s quickly becoming a major player on the NEIPA scene, earning praise from Eater.com and even Forbes as a “Must Try LA Brewery!”
Seattle might be “the place to be” but craft fans know, if you really want a taste of Washington’s award-winning beer scene, you have to head north to Bellingham.
It’s home to powerhouses like Aslan and Boundary Bay and the underground hop masters at Structures.
Their taproom and brewing capacity might be small, but these craftsters are big on hops and huge on flavor. Only 5 years on the scene and they’re already making a huge splash, thanks to epically hopped, hazy juicebombs like Fuzz, Juice on Juice, and City of Solace.
They even earned a shoutout from TheFullPint.com as a ‘Must Try Brewery’ in beer-saturated Bellingham for flavors that “will annihilate your palate in the best way.”
Travel back in time a couple decades, and you’d likely find your parents sipping the same beer every time they had a drink. Until the recent craft boom, beer fans were very brand loyal. Now, we’re in an age of brewing creativity — it’s common for beer aficionados to pick out a new brew every time they shop. Finding new summer beers this year has been a lot more difficult thanks to COVID-19. Data shows, due to social-distancing restrictions, breweries are registering nearly 50% less new beers in 2020 than last year. In a nutshell, this means fewer beer options, and many breweries are sticking to tried-and-true flagships and old favorites. Adaptation has been the key for breweries to stay afloat during the pandemic — and those that are prospering noticed the ways people shop for beer has changed, so they quickly moved with the times. App-based craft beer delivery sites like Tavour have helped keep breweries’ doors open and allowed them to continue to churn out a variety of new beers. So, even though it might feel like we’re in a serious new summer-beer drought, there's a wide selection of new summer-beer releases coming to Tavour. Here are a few to look forward to!
Walk into any beer bar or taproom in the country and you’ll likely see a dozen IPAs on draft. But what exactly is an India Pale Ale? And what’s the difference between a New England Style IPA, a West Coast IPA, and all the other versions? Well, grab your favorite brewski and get ready for a crash course in all things hops!