Craft-beer pioneers Chris Cramer and Matt Rattner opened their first brewpub in 1989. The beer was such a hit that they eventually built a brewery, won a slew of awards for the beers and opened more brewpubs, all in Southern California. Karl Strauss has built a fan following by continuously introducing innovative brews and encouraging guest interaction. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the company opened a new tasting room and beer garden in San Diego and is launching several barrel-aged beers.

LocationSan Diego, Calif.
2013 Systemwide Sales$26,900,000*
% Change in Sales17.0%
2013 U.S. Units8
% Change in Units14.3%
2013 Average Unit Volume$3,600,000*
% Change in AUV0.6%
Future 50 Year2014
FranchisingNo