The South’s Best Breweries 2022

By Marissa WuJanuary 10, 2022

We all know the pleasure of five o’clock. Whether it’s after work or on the weekend, it’s always a good time to gather a group of friends and head to a brewery for a pint, some nibbles, and games. This year, in the South’s Best roundup of best breweries, the contenders produce the finest their craft has to offer—and more. While they represent everywhere from South Carolina to Louisiana, Mississippi to Virginia, the one thing that unites them all? Community. For some, that simply means providing a place for you to walk in, grab a drink, and feel like family. For others, this extends to the ways they get involved beyond the taproom. Sustainability commitments, investments in the arts and education, and wildlife conservation are just a few of the initiatives they impact—all in addition to being award-winning producers of some of the best beers in the country.

20. Abettor Brewing Company

Winchester, Kentucky 

Nano-brewery and community taproom Abettor Brewing Company made its mark on the town of Winchester, just outside Lexington, with owner Tyler Montgomery’s unique beers. Pop in for a Raspberry Wheat (a Belgian wheat hopped with Cascade) or a Sunset Heights (American pale ale with a secret ingredient). There are cocktails, too, with bourbon of course making its way onto the menu. You won’t want to leave without tasting the signature Pale8, which has become a favorite of Winchester locals and Central Kentuckians.

128 North Highland Street, Winchester, KY 40391,

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