Industry News: NW: Deschutes makes Ratebeer.com’s 2013 Top 50 Beers in the World

Raise your hand if you find yourself asking a brewer or you yourself have been asked this question, "what's your favorite beer?". The safe answer is "Whatever is in my hand". Then again that sort of answer could be considered safe, as it wouldn’t disappoint anyone.

Instead we are speaking to those that are never satisfied with a 'safe' beer. We are talking to those that would rather say "sorry, I've already had North Coast Old Rasputin. What else you got?" If a similar phrase has been uttered from your hop-stained lips then you're our drinker. Introducing Ratebeer.com's Top 50 Beers in the World for 2013.

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I know what you're thinking. But Ratebeer has elected to stick with 50 as their Top List, rather than 10 or 25. Then again Ratebeer isn't shy about reminding you that this list was compiled from your fellow craft beer drinkers.

… RateBeer is now home to the most experienced beer critics in the world with ONE HUNDRED EIGHT master beer tasters having over 5,000 documented beer reviews. Jan Bolvig of VestJylland, Denmark is the world beer reviews leader with 27,828 beer reviews to his credit. RateBeer is also home to countless certified cicerones, GABF, GBBF and BJCP judges.

Focusing on the Northwest we are disappointed to inform you only one made the cut, The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery. Ranked 15th overall, we are curious why one brewery from the Northwest made the cut.

But if you're one whose loyalty isn't to what's brewed in 'your backyard' then you'll have no problem finding most of these in the Northwest. In fact we have broken down the beers in case you wish to hunt them down.

Available in the Northwest

1. Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus(Belgium)
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder - Russian River Brewing(California)
3. Russian River Pliny the Younger - Russian River Brewing(California)
7. Rochefort Trappistes 10 - Brasserie Rochefort(Belgium)
8. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Company(Illinois)
9. AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company(California)
14. Firestone Walker Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.(California)
15. Deschutes The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery(Oregon)
17. Westvleteren Extra 8 - Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus(Belgium)
19. Cantillon Fou’ Foune - Cantillon(Belgium)
20. Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller(Denmark)
23. 3 Fonteinen Framboos (Framboise) - 3 Fonteinen(Belgium)
29. Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel - Dieu du Ciel(Quebec)
30. St. Bernardus Abt 12 - St. Bernardus Brouwerij(Belgium)
31. North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing(California)
32. Oskar Blues Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew(Colorado)
35. Lost Abbey Deliverance - Port Brewing/Lost Abbey(California)
36. Struise Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers(Belgium)
37. Närke Konjaks! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri(Sweden)
38. Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.(California)
39. 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (Armand & Tommy) - 3 Fonteinen(Belgium)
41. Southern Tier Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company(New York)
43. Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company(Colorado)
44. Struise Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers(Belgium)
45. Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout - Avery Brewing Company(Colorado)
46. Lost Abbey Barrel Aged Serpents Stout with Cacao Nibs and Coffee - Port Brewing/Lost Abbey(California)
47. Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +) - Russian River Brewing(California)
49. Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek - Cantillon(Belgium)
50. Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel) - Port Brewing/Lost Abbey(California)

If you need help confirming the whereabouts of these beers you can contact your local state-registered distributors.

One caveat that needs mentioned is that regrettably breweries like Russian River have recently pulled out of Washington state. So if you can't find R.R. where you are, you might have to make the trip to Portland.

Good luck to those willing to track down all 50 beers. As always be safe and drink responsibly.

Cheers

About the Top 50 Beers in the World for 2013

1. Westvleteren 12 (XII) - Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus(Belgium)
2. Russian River Pliny the Elder - Russian River Brewing(California)
3. Russian River Pliny the Younger - Russian River Brewing(California)
4. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) - Founders Brewing Company(Michigan)
5. Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout - Brandy Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing(Florida)
6. Bells Hopslam - Bells Brewery(Michigan)
7. Rochefort Trappistes 10 - Brasserie Rochefort(Belgium)
8. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Goose Island Beer Company(Illinois)
9. AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company(California)
10. Bells Black Note Stout - Bells Brewery(Michigan)
11. Alchemist Heady Topper - The Alchemist(Vermont)
12. Hill Farmstead Ann - Hill Farmstead Brewery(Vermont)
13. Cigar City Pilot Series Miami Madness - Cigar City Brewing(Florida)
14. Firestone Walker Parabola - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.(California)
15. Deschutes The Abyss - Deschutes Brewery(Oregon)
16. Hill Farmstead Abner - Hill Farmstead Brewery(Vermont)
17. Westvleteren Extra 8 - Westvleteren Abdij St. Sixtus(Belgium)
18. Bells Expedition Stout - Bells Brewery(Michigan)
19. Cantillon Fou’ Foune - Cantillon(Belgium)
20. Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel - Mikkeller(Denmark)
21. Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA - Three Floyds Brewing Company(Indiana)
22. Three Floyds Zombie Dust - Three Floyds Brewing Company(Indiana)
23. 3 Fonteinen Framboos (Framboise) - 3 Fonteinen(Belgium)
24. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #5 - Hill Farmstead Brewery(Vermont) -
25. Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout (Bourbon Vanilla Bean) - Three Floyds Brewing(Indiana)
26. Hill Farmstead Everett - Hill Farmstead Brewery(Vermont)
27. Peg’s G.O.O.D. RareR DOS - Peg’s Cantina(Florida)
28. Founders Imperial Stout - Founders Brewing Company(Michigan)
29. Dieu du Ciel Péché Mortel - Dieu du Ciel(Quebec)
30. St. Bernardus Abt 12 - St. Bernardus Brouwerij(Belgium)
31. North Coast Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout - North Coast Brewing(California)
32. Oskar Blues Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew(Colorado)
33. Surly Darkness - Surly Brewing Company(Minnesota)
34. Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout - Cigar City Brewing(Florida)
35. Lost Abbey Deliverance - Port Brewing/Lost Abbey(California)
36. Struise Pannepot - De Struise Brouwers(Belgium)
37. Närke Konjaks! Stormaktsporter - Närke Kulturbryggeri(Sweden)
38. Stone Imperial Russian Stout - Stone Brewing Co.(California)
39. 3 Fonteinen Oude Geuze (Armand & Tommy) - 3 Fonteinen(Belgium)
40. Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout - Dark Horse Brewing Company(Michigan)
41. Southern Tier Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company(New York)
42. New Glarus Serendipity - New Glarus Brewing Company(Wisconsin)
43. Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company(Colorado)
44. Struise Black Albert - De Struise Brouwers(Belgium)
45. Avery Uncle Jacob’s Stout - Avery Brewing Company(Colorado)
46. Lost Abbey Barrel Aged Serpents Stout with Cacao Nibs and Coffee - Port Brewing/Lost Abbey(California)
47. Russian River Beatification (Batch 002 +) - Russian River Brewing(California)
48. Ballast Point Victory at Sea - Ballast Point Brewing Company(California)
49. Cantillon Lou Pepe Pure Kriek - Cantillon(Belgium)
50. Lost Abbey The Angels Share (Bourbon Barrel) - Port Brewing/Lost Abbey(California)

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