Maine Beer Company
In the brazen, madcap marketing that often takes place among craft brewers, the stark white labels of Maine Beer Co. stand out by default. But with beers like Lunch, an unfiltered, aggressively hopped IPA and Zoe, currently ranked as the best amber in the United States by Ratebeer.com, it’s obvious that what’s in the bottle is far from subdued. Launched by brothers David and Daniel Kleban in 2011 in Freeport, Maine Beer Company has rocketed into connoisseur status with its small-batch creations that are unabashedly made in the American vein. Besides advocating for better craft products from the artisanal market, they’re also pushing for the industry to embrace better environmental practices, using wind energy when possible and donating 1 percent of all their sales to organizations, such as For the Planet and Allied Whale.