The 10 Best IPAs Brewed Down South

There’s fierce competition amongst Southern brewers for the region’s hoppiest beers. Here, a few favorites.

Ashley Williams
Red Brick Brewing Co. Hoplanta IPA Beer
Photo: Chris Ellenbogen

Hallelujah! Craft beer has not only come back, it’s here to stay. Over the last half-decade alone, we've welcomed hundreds of breweries across the region, from Atlanta to Austin. And these local watering holes are concocting beers ranging in style from dark coffee-infused porters to light and seasonally fruity saisons. However, the most popular style of all—which has been credited by some for starting the craft beer renaissance—remains the Indian Pale Ale, or IPA. Why so popular? The particularly high alcohol content and hoppy bite make the IPA a popular choice. There are more than a few Southern versions we crave, but here are the top ten that we just can’t live without. May your pint glasses runneth over.

Snakehandler
Good People Brewing Company
Birmingham, Alabama

Monkeynaut
Straight To Ale
Huntsville, Alabama

Westbrook IPA
Westbrook Brewing Co.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Compass Rose IPA
Service Brewing Co.
Savannah, Georgia

Singlewide IPA
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Kansas City, Missouri

Northern Lights IPA
Starr Hill Brewery
Crozet, Virginia

Hopsecutioner
Terrapin Beer Co.
Athens, Georgia

Hoplanta
Red Brick Brewing Co.
Atlanta, Georgia

Mugshot IPA
Jailhouse Brewing Co.
Hampton, Georgia

Timber Beast Rye IPA
Lazy Maganolia
Kiln, Mississippi