Employees work on the bottling line at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. facility in Milton, Delaware, on June 22, 2011.
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Craft beer might be exploding as an industry, but not every craft brewery is equal.

Some will take your breath away – they’re destinations worth seeking out. Others might be more run of the mill, but offer a chance to try the kind of critical darlings that beer lovers dream about.

Whether you're on an actual beercation or just taking the family on a summer trip, if you find yourself in the vicinity of any of these brewers, it's worth your while to swing by.