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Top-Notch Brewpub Brews

Brewpub owners around the country agree that having an original, fun, or funky space where guests feel comfortable is key to ensuring repeat business. A knowledgeable and friendly staff capable of making recommendations to craft beer novices as well as connoisseurs enhances the experience.

From coast to coast, however, founders say the secret ingredient to brewing up a popular pub is the willingness to take a chance on daring new concoctions. Raspberries, chocolate, and Peruvian purple maize are some of the ingredients mixed into craft beers.

Click ahead to see what’s brewing at some of the country’s best brewpubs.

By Elizabeth Alterman, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 21 November 2011

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