Occidental Brewing Co | 6635 N Baltimore Ave

Shunning unusual ingredients, exaggerated flavors, and even (gasp!) IPAs, Occidental is the only brewery in town that focuses exclusively on German beer styles. Started in St. Johns in 2011 by uncle-nephew team Dan and Ben Engler, Occidental serves Kölsch, Hefeweizen, Altbier, and Dunkel, with a rotating cast of seasonals. While the flavor profiles tend toward the balanced and subtle, the after-work joviality in the corner taproom of the brewery’s raw warehouse space is anything but.

You’re Drinking: With trademark banana on the nose and clove notes on the tongue, Occidental’s classic Bavarian Hefeweizen is lighter than domestic hefs due to its higher wheat content.