As a big fan of beer and Instagram, I give these guys my stamp of approval. In no particular order, here’s who I love following for their latest releases, charitable ventures, and so much more.
8-Bit Aleworks, a microbrewery located outside of Phoenix, AZ, has done something that I wish I had thought of years ago: They combined the nostalgia and imagination of classic video games from the 80s/90s with craft beer. Everything that they post will bring you back to days of glory with Nintendo Power. From the can designs, to the awesomely original brewing nomenclature (they call their seasonals Bosses or Mini Bosses), to their impossibly fun beer cocktails (oh yes, they did just create a shandy from their Wit and Mountain Dew Code Red), you’ll enjoy every throwback moment.
I first remember seeing posts from the Craft Not Crap guys around the same time I started posting for @brewklyn.buzz a few years ago. The masterminds behind this self-proclaimed “craft beer connoisseur” account give a daily dose of great recommendations (thanks to them, I will be on the hunt for Lakewood Brewing Co.’s Sin Mint Temptress Imperial Milk Stout). The co-founders have also elevated their content from simple photos to a collection of dazzling images of their featured brews. Cheers, gentlemen!
Women are too often overlooked in the craft beer game. But Pink Boots Society is on a mission to change that by assisting, inspiring, and encouraging female brewers through education. Not only would you be supporting an important organization by following them, you’ll also get updates on some of their innovative collaborations with top and up-and-coming breweries across the country. (Please save me a batch of your Dirty Boots unfiltered DIPA, brewed in conjunction with @fallbrewing!)
The Las Vegas-based craft beer lifestyle brand, Beer Zombies, has grown from humble roots to become a hop lover’s force with a yearly festival, beer dinners, and tap takeovers. Their Instagram account takes you on a tour of their fun beer-ventures and they’re super engaged with their followers. Ask them where to go or what to drink, and they’ll be sure to give a quick response through the comments.
Visiting the official account for El Cerrito Liquor, a beverage store located in Corona, CA, is like walking down the aisle of your beer market and finding a veritable Who’s Who of awesomely rare brews and newly released offerings (take your pick of bottles from Russian River Brewing Company or cans from Evil Twin). It kinda makes me want to move to Corona.
Brian Strumke, the founder of Stillwater Artisanal, considers his brews to be an art project/collective and a place for his creative release. Their collection of unique beers are featured in “old word psychedelic” cans, which are not only great to look at, but also available throughout the U.S. The best way to keep up with their latest concoctions, like their Whipped series of nitro beers in “the can you can shake,” is to follow their feed.