Zymurgy Magazine Releases the “Best Beers in America” List

Zymurgy Magazine has been North America’s leading amateur brewers magazine since 1978, really before the craft beer boom began. The Magazine just announced its list of the Best Beers In America as voted by its readers. This list is restricted to beers available in America – not brewed in, but available in. Before I knew this I was not at all surprised by the results, and really, I am still not. But there is a seemingly biased number of hop-forward beers very high on this list, which is very typical of where the U.S. Craft Beer market is right now.

Don’t get me wrong though, I love a good hoppy beer, but they so evidently dominate top beer lists everywhere when American voting comes into play. Yes, these are amazing beers, and hops provide a wide range of delicious flavors and unique characteristics to beer – but the top three are all big hoppy pale ales. Surely someone still loves of rich complexity of a Belgian Quadrupel, or the smooth matly sensations in a deep Barleywine. I know I do.

In any case, this is an awesome collection of really amazing beers, and the several I have not not tried are going on my list of to drink immediately. See below for the top 49, or check the official ranking site

Top-Ranked Beers (T = Tie)

  • 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
  • T7. Bear Republic Racer 5
  • T7. Guinness
  • T7. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
  • T7. Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • 11. Stone Ruination
  • T12. North Coast Old Rasputin
  • T12. Sierra Nevada Torpedo
  • T12. Rahr Winter Warmer
  • T12. Rahr Ugly Pug
  • T12. Rahr Iron Thistle
  • T17. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
  • T17. New Glarus Belgian Red
  • T17. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
  • T17. Duvel
  • T21. Lagunitas IPA
  • T21. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • T21. Rahr Storm Cloud
  • T21. Saison Dupont
  • T25. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  • T25. Rahr Bucking Bock
  • T25. Ommegang Three Philosophers
  • T28. New Belgium Fat Tire
  • T28. Alaskan Smoked Porter
  • T28. Anchor Steam
  • T31. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
  • T31. Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
  • T31. Rahr Summer
  • T31. Rahr Red
  • T31. Rahr Blind Salamander
  • T31. Rahr Blonde
  • T31. Rahr Octoberfest
  • T31. Victory Prima Pils
  • T31. New Belgium La Folie
  • T31. Russian River Consecration
  • T41. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
  • T41. Rahr Buffalo Butt
  • T41. New Belgium 1554
  • T41. Orval
  • T41. Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
  • T41. Rogue Dead Guy
  • T41. Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
  • T41. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
  • T49. Surly Furious
  • T49. Dogfish Head Indian Brown
  • T49. Rahr Whiskey Warmer
  • T49. Rodenbach Grand Cru

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