We love a glass of cabernet with our Olivia Pope, and we can’t say no to a caramel cocktail, but there’s a special place in our hearts for an ice cold craft beer. And we’re not alone. According to Dr. Bart Watson, the chief economist for the Brewers Association, women ages 21-34 represent 15 percent of the total craft beer consumption in the US. So the next time you’re planning girls’ weekend, check out one of these 12 breweries making waves across the country.


1. Wicked Weed Brewing Company: Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains near a string of outstanding Asheville breweries, Wicked Weed sits in the heart of downtown. It offers multiple outdoor seating options (dog friendly too!), a full restaurant, a brewery and a downstairs bar room. If you don’t get enough there, check out the Funkatorium, their taproom dedicated to sour and funky beers. (Photo via @wickedweedbrewing)

Try this beer: Pernicious


2. 3 Daughters Brewing: Hidden away in St. Petersburg, 3 Daughters Brewery brings the heat away from the beach. Grab one of their brewed-on-site beers and play a game of giant Jenga, cornhole, air hockey or any one of their other grown-up versions of childhood favorites. (Photo via 3 Daughters Brewing)

Try this beer: Bimini Twist IPA


3. Fat Heads Brewery: Founded and headquartered in Cleveland, Fat Heads has expanded to locations in Pittsburgh and Portland. But for the ultimate experience, head over to their taproom, which lives within their brewery. Sip a pint, flight or sampler in the vast, colorful space just steps away from where the brewing magic happens. (Photo via @fatheadsbeer)

Try this beer: Bumble Berry

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4. Black Abbey Brewing Company: This Nashville darling is ready to take you to church, featuring a cathedral-esque bar design accompanied by handmade wooden picnic tables. You’ll want to come here to drink beer and converse with friends. Nothing more, nothing less. (Photo via Nashville Breweries)

Try this beer: The Rose


5. Terrapin Beer Company: If you go to Terrapin, you’re not going for a beer — you’re going for a party. Committed to good music, unique beers and living life to the fullest, Terrapin sits pretty in Athens, GA. (Photo via Terrapin Beer Company)

Try this beer: Mosaic

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6. Austin Beerworks: Aside from the major design crush we have on Austin Beerworks’ packaging, their taproom is extra cool, thanks to the rotation of Austin’s best food trucks that sling dinner to hungry taproom patrons. (Photo via @austinbeerworks)

Try this beer: Peacemaker

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7. New Belgium Brewing Company: Located north of Denver in Fort Collins, New Belgium is one of the most popular breweries to visit. If you’re looking for a tour, book tickets in advance. Otherwise, swing by to fill up your growler or sample any one of their nine year-round beers. (Photo via Colorado.com)

Try this beer: Snapshot Wheat

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8. Sierra Nevada Brewery: Come hungry to this one. Sierra Nevada pairs its 19 beers on tap with delicacies crafted from locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. The Chico, California brewery also claims the Big Room, one of the West Coast’s premiere venues for Americana and roots music. (Photo via @sierranevada)

Try this beer: West Coast Style Stout


9. Lagunitas Brewing Company: You can check out Lagunitas in Chicago, but their flagship brewery is located in Petaluma, CA and well worth a visit. A beer garden, local music and full menu make this spot a must stop. (Photo via Lagunitas)

Try this beer: A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’

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10. 21st Amendment Brewery: Just south of San Francisco’s financial district lies local favorite 21st Amendment Brewery. The full-service pub is open seven days a week and is just steps away from the San Francisco Giants’ stadium. (Photo via @21stamendment)

Try this beer: El Sully

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11. Southern Tier Brewing Company: Located in Lakewood, NY — about six hours northwest of the city — Southern Tier is a national favorite. Take a seat in the Empty Pint or the Schalander Tasting Room, which overlooks the brewhouse, and enjoy one of more than 10 drafts. Outdoor seating and an official Stones course make this brewery an all-day affair. (Photo via Beertrotter)

Try this beer: 2XSMASH

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12. Founders Brewing – This Midwest favorite is another one taking the country by storm. If you want something unique, stop by their Michigan taproom for one of their rotating Founders-only beers. Open space, casual vibes and good beers? Yes, please. (Photo via Founders)

Try this beer: Centennial IPA

Don’t see your favorite on the list? Tweet us the spots we need to hit up next at @BritandCo!