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The Best Breweries of 2023

The Best Breweries of 2023

The breweries that submitted the highest-scoring beers collectively in 2023. These brewers demonstrated mastery of their craft.

Brewery Awards

Each year, we acknowledge the breweries that collectively produced the highest-rated beers as evaluated in our Official Review. 2023 delivered no shortage of high-quality brews ranging from hopped-up hazy IPAs to rich and roasty barrel-aged stouts alongside many other offerings from breweries around the world. Read on to explore 2023’s best breweries!

How We Award

We look at the top three highest-scoring beers (as rated by our judging panel) for each brewery in the calendar year.

We then consider how many of the three place into the 100 to 96: World Class category and the 95 to 91: Exceptional category. For example, a brewery with two world-class beers and one exceptional would rate higher than a brewery with a single higher-scoring world-class beer and two exceptional beers.

The brewery with the most World Class beers followed by the most Exceptional beers is awarded the Brewery of the Year.

If two or more breweries have the same number of World Class and Exceptional beers, then the brewery with the highest point total wins.

In the event of a tie in point total, we look at the highest score total among the brewery’s two top-scoring beers.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Cheers!


New Realm Brewing

1 World Class Beer
2 Exceptional Beers
Total Score: 286

Highest-scoring beers:
Tank Dog West Coast Imperial IPA – Rated 97
Haze Dipper – Rated 95
Blackberry Smoke Lager – Rated 94

New Realm Brewing in Atlanta, Georgia is the second runner-up for Brewery of the Year in 2023. Co-founded by Mitch Steele, the pioneering brewer responsible for many a classic IPA at Stone Brewing, in 2016, New Realm has quickly grown into an ATL favorite with its terrific hoppy ales.

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