Boulder, CO – Year after year, another enthusiastic craft beer drinker seeks out the definitive beer that they either must have in their fridge, or at a minimum sample. Like all lists, this is one driven by you the consumer, and sometimes with results that are less than pleasing. Recently Magazine and public face of the American Homebrewers Association, aka Zymurgy, released their list of Best Beers in America. As we reviewed this list we stumbled on an interesting tidbit, only two Northwest beer (Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale & Deschutes’ Black Butte Porter).

However, more striking was that Rahr & Sons Brewing, out of Fort Worth, Texas; amassed 12 out of the 50 places. Considering this brewery was started in 2004, this is a huge achievement given the company that this brewery is sharing.

It’s worth mention that of the beers listed commonly found on the shelves, that aren’t from the Northwest (including BC), three (3) were New Belgium and Stone, while four (4) came from Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada. There are others on this list but rather than break each one down, why not look below or visit Zymurgy’s website. Additionally, while reviewing the top beers in America, you can also see how your brewery stacks up in the brewery rankings, beer portfolio, and spirit of homebrew.

  1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
  2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
  3. Stone Arrogant Bastard
  4. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  6. Stone IPA
  7. Bear Republic Racer 5
  8. Guinness
  9. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
  10. Sierra Nevada Celebration
  11. Stone Ruination
  12. North Coast Old Rasputin
  13. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  14. Rahr Winter Warmer
  15. Rahr Ugly Pug
  16. Rahr Iron Thistle
  17. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
  18. New Glarus Belgian Red
  19. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
  20. Duvel
  21. Lagunitas IPA
  22. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  23. Rahr Storm Cloud
  24. Saison Dupont
  25. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  26. Rahr Bucking Bock
  27. Ommegang Three Philosophers
  28. New Belgium Fat Tire
  29. Alaskan Smoked Porter
  30. Anchor Steam
  31. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
  32. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
  33. Rahr Summer
  34. Rahr Red
  35. Rahr Blind Salamander
  36. Rahr Blonde
  37. Rahr Octoberfest
  38. Victory Prima Pils
  39. New Belgium La Folie
  40. Russian River Consecration
  41. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
  42. Rahr Buffalo Butt
  43. New Belgium 1554
  44. Orval
  45. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  46. Rogue Dead Guy
  47. Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
  48. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
  49. Surly Furious
  50. Dogfish Head Indian Brown
  51. Rahr Whiskey Warmer
  52. Rodenbach Grand Cru

Special Thanks to Zymurgy for posting this list online.

About Zymurgy

Since 1978, Zymurgy magazine has been the leading light for amateur brewers in North America and around the world. It features innovative and award-winning recipes, articles on do-it-yourself equipment building, explanations of brewing science, and presentations of brewing techniques in addition to a healthy dose of beer culture.

Zymurgy represents the best of homebrewing with articles that appeal to every level of interest in the homebrewing hobby. Published six times each year, Zymurgy includes an annual “Winners Circle” special issue (September/October) that includes recipes for all of the AHA National Homebrew Competition gold medal winners. [more] –source, Zymurgy Magazine


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