Behind every great brewery are skilled craft brewers. These men and women shed blood, sweat, and tears to bring their range of traditional and more experimental beers to our glasses. But what you might not know is many of these professional craft brewers had humble beginnings as homebrewers in their garages and backyards.
Since there are over 1.1 million Americans out there who brew beer at home, we reached out to craft brewers (and a few mead makers) all over the country to compile a list of commercial beer clone recipes.
Scanning this list, you’ll find a clone recipe from a craft brewery in every state, scaled down to a 5-10 gallon batch size so you can enjoy making these commercial clone beer recipes at your home brewery.
Gulf Shores, AL
Big Beach Brewing Co. is the southernmost brewery in Alabama, located in the heart of Gulf Shores. This pale ale featuring Mosaic hops will be the perfect addition to your summer home bar rotation.
Alaskan Brewing (Juneau, Alaska) Smoked Porter is one of most popular rauchbiers made in the US. While this homebrew version of the recipe uses smoked malt to impart the classic smoky aromas and flavors, the original is made with smoked Alaskan alder wood.
Nestled under Humphreys Peak, Arizona’s tallest mountain, Historic Brewing Co. shares their recipe for a Dortmunder altbier brewed with just the right balance of Pilsner and chocolate malts.
Fossil Cove Brewing Co. in Fayetteville, Ark. is named after a fossil-laden cove nestled on the shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains. Here’s their recipe for a Belgian-style brown ale brewed with coriander.
Santa Rosa, CA
Pliny the Elder is one of the most coveted double IPAs in America. This recipe comes straight from Russian River (Santa Rosa, Calif.) brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo and uses over three-quarters of a pound of hops, making for a bitter and fragrant double IPA experience.
Roasted and chocolate malts create hints of coffee and caramel, while the lactose helps balance the beer’s hoppiness. Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, Colo. equates the milk sugar in this stout to the cream in your coffee!
Back East Brewery in Bloomfield, Conn., describes their porter as a hearty beer with a thick, light-brown head that is hopped just enough to offset the sweet maltiness and roast undertones.
Based off of Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre, this is a big, extreme Belgian ale brewed with raisins and beet sugar to give it an alcohol boost and tons of complex flavor. Milton, Del.’s Dogfish Head suggests pairing this Belgian bad boy with steak, duck, game, wine reduction sauces, ham, or mussels.
Tampa Bay’s Coppertail Brewing Co. describes their Unholy Trippel as an American twist on a traditional Belgian style. It features fruity, funky notes from the Belgian yeast, paired with a sacrilegious American hop character.
Celebrate Oktoberfest year-round with this Seven Bridges clone recipe from Jekyll Brewing of Alpharetta, Ga. Malty sweetness is nicely balanced by German Tettnang hops.
Bring a taste of Lahaina, Hawaii home to your brew kettle. This big tropical IPA is brewed with passion fruit, orange, and guava (get it?—POG).
Inspired by a community garden, Boise Brewing has been sharing their small batch beer with the city of Tress since 2014. Centennial hops are the main event in this pale ale—give it a whirl!
Charlatan is hopped with Simcoe, Citra, and Centennial, and this pale ale is packed with tropical flavors like mango, passionfruit, and grapefruit according to Chicago’s Maplewood Brewery.
Alpha King, a bold, citrus-forward American pale ale has been consistently ranked as one of the best pale ales made in America. If you’re a fan of the versatile Centennial hop, this beer from Munster, Ind.’s 3 Floyds Brewing Co. is for you!
Cedar Rapids, IA
This classic English mild from Cedar Rapids’ Lion Bridge Brewing has taken home two gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in 2014 and 2016. This biscuity chocolate mild is easy and smooth—sure to be crowd pleaser.
This light and fresh Garden Party Lager from Free State Brewing in Lawrence, Kan. features three unique ingredients: English cucumber, Genovese basil, and juniper berry.
English-style pale ales are known for their balance and the interplay between malt and hop bitterness. This version from Paducah Beer Werks in Paducah, Ky. uses Nugget, Citra, and Cascade to contrast against its malty backbone.
Gnarly Barley, located in Hammond, La., about an hour north of New Orleans, was founded in 2014. Try your hand at their Korova Milk Porter brewed with flaked oats and barley. Gnarly describes this beer as having a sweet coffee and chocolate flavor with a silky smooth finish.
Peeper Pale Ale was the first recipe the Kleban brothers perfected when they decided to open their brewery in 2009. Maine Beer Co. (Freeport, Maine) describes Peeper as dry, clean, and well balanced, with a generous dose of American hops.
Brewed by Salisbury, Md.’s Evolution Craft Brewing Co., this American strong ale was originally brewed as a limited release in late 2015, and now you can brew it at home! This strong ale layers piney, citrusy American hop flavors over a rich malt base.
The name of the game when brewing this Trappist-style ale from Spencer Brewery is balance. Brewed in Spencer, Mass., this beer is so perfectly put together that the final product is layered, complex, and keeps you wanting more. Focus on quality and precision when brewing this recipe and you won’t be disappointed!
Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Mich. brews a little beer called Two Hearted Ale. Maybe you’ve heard of it? This India pale ale is bursting with hop aromas ranging from pine to grapefruit thanks to the use of 100 percent Centennial hops. This recipe was created by David Curtis and Ryan Kramer of Bell’s General Store.
Day Tripper is a West Coast–style pale ale out of Minneapolis. Indeed Brewing describes Day Tripper as having a heady, dank, citrus-laced aroma supported by a complex and subtly sweet malt backbone.
This session IPA from Lazy Magnolia Brewing in Kiln, Miss. is meant for sharing with family and friends. It’s described as having a bold citrus burst on the front end, with hints of tropical fruits such as grapefruit, orange, and mango in the finish.
Kansas City, MO
Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Mo. named Tank 7 after the fermentation tank where yeast brings this exemplary saison to life. Tank 7 is said to be one of the best American examples of this classic Belgian farmhouse style.
White Noise from Uberbrew in Billings, Mont. took home a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, adding to a medal count that helped them take home the award for the 2016 Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year.
Zipline’s India pale ale is brewed in Lincoln, Neb. and is packed with New Zealand hop varieties like Pacific Jade, Rakau, and Wakatu, known for their exotic fruity flavors and aromas.
Las Vegas, NV
Red Hydrant has earned Las Vegas’ Big Dog’s Brewing three Great American Beer Festival medals: gold in 2006 and 2010 and silver in 2012. Big Dog’s describes this beer as rich with caramel malts and a hint of English hops with notes of toffee and toasted malt.
Desire is Moonlight Meadery’s flagship mead, which they describe as an enticing, complex blend of blueberries, black cherries, and black currants balanced with the basic elements of mead: honey, water, and yeast. It’s one of Londonderry, N.H.’s finest exports.
This hoppy red ale is brewed year-round at Flying Fish Brewing in Somerdale, N.J. and features Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops. The brewery recommends pairing Red Fish with bold foods like brisket, burgers, or grilled pork loin.
This double red ale took home a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. Boxing Bear Brewing of Albuquerque describes it as a hop-forward red ale with aromas of sweet candied hops and pineapple.
This is a classic American interpretation of a Vienna-style lager, described by Brooklyn Brewery as amber-gold in color and displaying a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma.
Drop Bear APA from Lynnwood Grill & Brewing (Raleigh, N.C.) is brewed with Mosaic, El Dorado, and Galaxy hops that are nicely balanced by a mix of two-row, Munich, and caramel malts.
Try your hand at this semi-sweet mead made with Madagascar vanilla bean and Saigon and Vietnamese cinnamon. Prairie Rose Meadery in Fargo, N.D. suggests pairing this with almost any sweet dessert. We think a Mexican hot chocolate cake would be perfect!
Named in honor of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald—a freighter that sank in a Lake Superior storm on November 10, 1975—this porter is described by Great Lakes Brewing (Cleveland, Ohio) as having rich roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate-coffee notes.
Oklahoma City, OK
Hoptometrist Double IPA from Oklahoma City’s Roughtail Brewing Co. weighs in at 100+ IBUs! They describe their delicious year-round offering as a simple recipe with complex flavor. Toasty malt throws the first punch, followed by a barrage of Apollo hops, and the 7.6% abv delivers the knockout blow.
Black Butte Porter is an homage to the volcano of the same name and pairs the distinctive chocolate and roast notes from the malt with a slight hop bitterness. It has taken numerous medals at the Great American Beer Festival back to Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Ore.
Downingtown, Pa.’s Victory Prima Pils might appear light and crisp, but there are loads of hops hiding underneath the frothy head of this tasty German-style Pilsner. Thirst quenching and flavorful, you can taste the German subtleties lingering beneath the long, dry finish of this classy beer.
Trinity Brewhouse of Providence, R.I. shares their recipe for Red Devils Belgian pale ale, a nicely balanced red ale brewed with Tettnang hops to add just the right amount of spicy and peppery flavors.
This Scotch ale from Charleston, S.C.’s Revelry Brewing Co. took home a silver medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival. This classic Scotch ale is dominated by malt character, with a rich and dominant sweet malt flavor and aroma.
Rapid City, SD
The oldest operating brewery in South Dakota, Firehouse Brewing Co. in Rapid City shares their recipe for an English pale ale brewed with biscuit and dark crystal malts balanced by Fuggle hops.
On-Sight Alt won a bronze medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in the German-Style Altbier category. Hutton and Smith Brewery of Chattanooga, Tenn. describes this beer as a light, crisp drinker with a malt-forward nose and flavor.
(512) Brewing Company calls this beer a “true Austin original.” Texas declared the pecan its official state tree in 1919 (and later pecan pie the official state pie), and one of them grows in front of (512) in Austin.
Salt Lake City, UT
Hop Nosh Tangerine is a play on Uinta Brewing’s (Salt Lake City, Utah) flagship IPA. This homebrew recipe features an aromatic menagerie of tropical hops and tangerine zest and wraps up with a crisp, bitter finish.
The Alchemist’s Focal Banger recipe is a closely guarded secret, but this American IPA is inspired by famous hoppy ale. This recipe was formulated by the AHA with a few tips from John Kimmich, head brewer and owner of the Stow, Vt.-based brewery.
Adroit Theory of Purcellville, Va. brews this seasonal with rambutan, a tropical fruit native to the Malay-Indonesian region that has a sweet, mildly acidic flavor very reminiscent of grapes. The brewery describes it as a little tart on the tongue, but the dry finish keeps it refreshing.
Demon Star Imperial Stout has a Maris Otter backbone accented by additions of black and chocolate malts (and a few other surprises) to give a rich malty flavor and aroma with full, sweet malt character. There’s no better way to bring a little bit of Redmond, Wash. to your home brewery.
Cool Ridge, WV
This double IPA comes to you from Weathered Ground Brewery in Cool Ridge, W.V. and incorporates flaked wheat and flaked oats into the recipe. According to head brewer Sam Fonda, “It’s one of those IPAs that’s almost a Northeast IPA but not intentionally. We just want it to be super hoppy and the haze is a byproduct of that.”
New Glarus, WI
This Belgian red ale was formulated by Amahl Turczyn, Zymurgy associate editor, in homage to New Glaurus’ Wisconsin Belgian Red. The homebrew recipe uses Knudsen Just Tart Cherry juice for that classic Wisconsin cherry flavor.
Here’s your opportunity to brew an IPA very closely modeled after Melvin IPA, one of the most sought-after IPAs produced in the U.S. Described by the Alpine, Wyo. brewery as fruity and intense, but not bitter, this is sure to become a go-to recipe in your IPA repertoire.