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  Country: United States  
  Style: IPA  

Russian River Pliny the Elder
Santa Rosa, California

A smooth Double IPA from the Russian River Brewing Company is all it is hyped up to be. An absolute classic clocking in at 8% ABV. The ale is named for the Roman scholar and naturalist who first named the hop plant and studied them. Pliny the Elder named hops, “lupus salictarius,” meaning, “wolf among scrubs.” The beer is made with 40% more malt and two times the amount of hops used in the Russian River IPA, a single IPA product from the same brewery. A sticky, beige head leaves tons of lacing as the yellowish-orange nectar is gulped down. The aromas include oranges, floral centerpieces and notes of pine. The cream factor that makes this beer smooth and incredibly drinkable is what separates this from other Double IPAs of its kind. A very subtle bite and overall taste with big, bright aromas and malty reinforcement.

Russian River Pliny the Elder

 

  Country: United States  
  Style: Wild Ale  

Russian River Supplication
Santa Rosa, California

Russian River Brewing Company is famous for their barrel-aged creations. Located in the heart of Sonoma County, where wine flows freely, wine barrels are re-used to age beer. Supplication, one of these ales has been aging in local Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year along with sour cherries. Brettanomyces yeast is added to this honey-brown colored ale for extra leathery funk. Lactobacillus and Pedicoccus, two types of bacteria from the used wine barrels, impart a very tart zing. The taste is tart up front before giving way to the smooth wood-aged components on the finish. Grape flavors leap out at you, along with lemon and cherry. The acidic quality is not overpowering at all and neither is the 7% ABV.

Russian River Supplication

 

  Country: Belgium  
  Style: Saison  

Saison DuPont Vielle Provision
Tourpes, Belgium

Located in the tiny village of Tourpes in the southern farmlands of Belgium near the French border. The Brasserie DuPont has carefully constructed this Saison farmhouse-style ale in small batches since 1850. The ale is burnt straw yellow in color and unfiltered, leaving an opaque cloudy appearance. High-carbonation is evident with a luscious white head frothing freely upwards. There are hints of peppery spice and licorice lapping at the tongue, with earthy undertones. A light and refreshing ale with a snappy, dry finish. Lemon tang zips through each sip intertwining a mellow citrus feel, while herb-like yeastiness sits thick on the palate. Delicious with soft, aged cheeses and seafood.

Saison DuPont Vielle Provision

 

  Country: Germany  
  Style: Rauchbier  

Schlenkerla Urbock
Bamberg, Germany

Schlenkerla is a historic brewpub where on any given night you can come in and have a glass of “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier,” or “Authentic Schlenkerla Smoked Beer.” One can observe the Dominikanerklause, a famous gothic ceiling in the tavern while tasting the famous smoked beer styles of Germany. Smoked German malts impart aromas of burnt wood, cured meats, campfires and toffee— reminiscent of walking into a local charcuterie shop of smoked meats. Dark-brown, almost cola-like lager style with a thin beige head, the Urbock is more subtle then most other smoked beers, finishing sweet and tangy. This beer would pair outstandingly well with most cuts of meats, barbecue, and aged cheeses, in addition to smoked fish and all sorts of smoked food products where the flavors are accentuated.

Schlenkerla Urbock

 

  Country: United States  
  Style: Saison  

Stillwater Cellar Door
Baltimore, Maryland

Brian Strumke is a part of a trend of brewers who have no brewery of their own, yet create delicious beers at breweries and brewpubs both stateside and in Europe. Stillwater Artisanal Ales usually create saison style ales, and the Cellar Door is no exception. Cellar Door, referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language, is the summer edition of Stillwater’s stateside lineup of brews. German wheat and pale malts blend with Sterling and Citra hops to create a grassy, citrus aroma. There is a “cleansing” theme to this saison accentuated by the interesting use of white sage, which gives this dry saison an herbal quality and spicy earthiness. Cellar Door is great to pair with Italian red sauce dishes or roasted poultry.

Stillwater Cellar Door

 

  Country: United States  

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous
Escondido, California

Originally started as the 11th Anniversary Ale by Stone Brewing Company. Sublimely Self-Righteous is a Black IPA, which all other beers of its kind are judged against. The benchmark for the Black IPA style, this 8.7% ABV ale is straight black in color. The best way to describe the style would be a hopped up take on a bold porter. There are layers of hop flavor from the use of Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo hops leaving the beer at 90 IBUs. A technique of roasted dark colored malts provides a chocolaty, coffee flavor, with the aromas of tropical fruits from the hops.

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous

 

  Country: United States  
  Style: IPA  

The Alchemist Heady Topper
Waterbury, Vermont

After a recent hurricane washed out southern Vermont’s Mad River Valley Region, the Alchemist Pub and Brewery was forced to close due to flooding. Fortunately, the watery interruption coincided with the opening of a cannery on the other side of town, and the Alchemist’s are back in business. The Heady Topper is a delicious, hazy, double IPA— orange in color, unfiltered and unpasteurized. The beer tastes quite piney with tons of fresh grass hop flavor. Smooth and creamy finish, with a piney resin coating the mouth. John Kimmich, the Alchemist brewmaster, recommends drinking this 8% ABV American Double IPA right out of the can.

The Alchemist Heady Topper

 

  Country: United States  
  Style: Imperial Stout  

Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout
Munster, Indiana

This Russian Imperial Stout from Three Floyds Brewing Company has its own day devoted to it. On the day that this beer is available for sale at the brewery there are ticket raffles for vintage beers, tailgating parties and plenty of drinking. Highly devoted beer fans make this event a sold out success every year, released each April with different colored wax-dipped tops marking the year or vintage. The Dark Lord is worth the hype, too. Black as night, this stout weighs in at a walloping 15% ABV. Dark Lord is brewed with “Intelligensia” coffee, vanilla beans and molasses. A very dark, dense ale shows tons of coffee flavors from roasted chocolaty malts. The coffee rides in waves over vanilla, with a light chocolate base and a boozy bite seeping in at the end of each sip. Barrel aged versions of this ale are also available.

Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout

 

  Country: United States  
  Style: Pale Ale  

Three Floyds Zombie Dust
Munster, Indiana

Formerly known as Cenotaph, Zombie Dust is a pale ale from Three Floyds Brewing Company. Zombie Dust displays the delights of the Citra hop from the Yakima Valley in Washington State, which imparts a piney, grassy flavor over this grainy pale ale. The feel is creamy, and a rocky white head sits atop a yellowish-orange body. The beer is not very bitter, but filled with aromas better fit in a lawn mower bag. Zombie Dust has a slight flavor of pineapple, with a dry, smooth easy drinking finish. This pleasurable ale features artwork of a zombie king on the label drawn by comic book artist Tim Seeley.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

 

  Country: United States  
  Style: Red Ale  

Troegs Nugget Nectar
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Troegs releases this masterpiece every February. Nugget Nectar is a perfect balance between sweet, malty flavors and bitter hops. Three hop varieties: Nugget, warrior and Tomahawk, each lend their distinctive flavors to the mix. The base of this ale is Troegs’ year-round flagship Hopback Amber. The malt and hop flavors are intensified by increasing the dosage. Sweet apricot flavors in this amber colored ale wash over the palate before being sliced by a crisp, bitter hop bite. The pleasant and fruity malt back is ever present diminishing the intensity of the bittering hops. This beverage, also known as an Imperial Amber ale, rounds out to a 7.5% ABV.

Troegs Nugget Nectar

 

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Wed. October 15, 2014 7:32 AM - by: Dante
I am not quite sure who came up with this list, but it is truly incomplete. This could be due to the person(s) limited selection, but the following biers should be added and at the top of the list. Kronenbourg 1664 - France Hacker Pschorr - Germany (especially Oktoberfest) Spatan - Germany (especially Oktoberfest) Murauer Märzen - Austria Kellerbrauerei Ried Naturtrüb - Austria
 
 
Wed. March 13, 2013 12:41 PM - by: Anita
Why include both 90 Min and 120 Min IPAs from Dogfish Head? Not that they aren't both fantastic, but seems kind of a waste of one spot in a line-up of just 50. And, exactly what are the criteria for naming these the 50 best, anyway? Opinion? (If so, whose?) Sales?
 
 
Mon. January 28, 2013 8:55 AM - by: Bill Corr
Your comment re Augustiner Hell - "it more rounded and a bit more malty than a typical traditional Pilsner style..." thats because it is not a pilsner - usually sharper and more hoppy -but a Munchen helles lager - I believe the best type of lager.
 
 
Fri. December 28, 2012 1:56 PM - by: Brad
This is more of a world class beers of fame ranking. Beer advocate has a legit bof top 100 and a current top 100 based on the people. I seen a comment that stated no uk/Irish beers? Come off it. What did you have in mind in Ireland?? Guinness? I don't think so. There are 2 breweries in Scotland I'd consider brews from and 2-3 from England but no Ireland. The only breweries from that part of Europe I could consider are Samuel smith, harviestoun, brewdog, thornbridge, and j.w. lees. But in terms of the top 50 beers on earth? Germany would be lucky to get one in it with the united states dominating the list and a few Belgians. My top 10. 1. Zombie Dust 2. Pliny the Elder 3. KBS 4. Dreadnaught 5. Westvleteren 12 6. CBS 7. Pliny the Younger 8. Dark Lord 9. Hopslam T10. Stone IRS T10 breakfast stout
 
 
Fri. October 5, 2012 7:43 AM - by: Mary Ellen Shelton
I would like to know where I can buy the "Topper Beer" in the Baltimore, Md. area. We use to buy it in Rome/Utica, NY area when we visited relatives there in the 60's. At that time, it was $1.00 a quart bottle. I have the "Topper Tray" but liked the beer very much.
 
 
Wed. June 27, 2012 10:57 PM - by: Benjisimpson
Should have a look at some craft beers from New Zealand. I would highly recommend Mikes double IPA. And probably Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black (black IPA) They are both unreal
 
 
Tue. May 29, 2012 8:11 PM - by: Cyril Allen
50 best beers and no uk/irish. come off it.
 
 
Tue. May 29, 2012 7:43 PM - by: Carl
Two Hearted Ale, or Oberon from bell brewing co.
 
 
Thu. April 5, 2012 2:45 AM - by: Josef Skvaril
And what about:Pilsener Urquell,Budvar,Radegast,Staropramen, only some of the lot of Czech beers,or Zlaty Bazant and Smadny Mnich from Slovakia?
 
 
Thu. March 8, 2012 12:08 PM - by: Jorge Rivero
You are clearly biased towards American beers, while the best, without a doubt, are European beers.....of course there are great American too, but there should be more from Germany, Belgium, UK, Ireland or Chec Republic on your pics....
 
 
Sat. March 3, 2012 10:25 AM - by: Matthew Beer
just happen to be in the middle of a cold Schlekerla Smokebeer...I put it in the top 25 best and #1 Smoked beer! Try with yak or alligator jerky.
 
 
Tue. February 14, 2012 3:32 PM - by: Steven Schein
I"m surprised to see that none of the Sam Adams beers are not on the list.
 
 
Sat. January 28, 2012 7:34 AM - by: Jeffrey K. Shontz
Mad Elf from Troegs brewery in Hershey Pa. should be on this list
 
 
Fri. January 13, 2012 10:35 AM - by: David Glasser
Where is Aventinus on this list?!
 
 
Fri. January 6, 2012 12:37 PM - by: Andrew
Tripel Karmaliet
 
 
Thu. December 29, 2011 4:28 AM - by: Martyn Cornell
The comment under the very first beer on this list, "At only 4.4% ABV, this low alcohol beer packs more hop and malt flavor into a can than most bitter ales out there", alerted me immediately that this was written by someone who clearly knows nothing whatsoever about British beer, so I wasn't surprised to see there were no British beers on the list. (1) 4.4% is NOT "low alcohol". (2) Britain produces a host of beautiful beers below 4%, full of flavour, from brewers such as Adnams, Palmers, Fullers, Timothy Taylors, Wells & Youngs, Theakstons, Woodforde's, Harvey's, Donnington, Hook Norton, to name just 10. (3) Britain also produces these days a range of stronger specialist beers to rival anyone anywhere in the world, including Gale's Prize Old Ale, Thornbridge Bracia, Meantime London Porter, Harviestoun Ola Dubh, Harvey's Imperial Russian Stout, Fuller's Vintage Ale, Brewdog Paradox, Brakspear Triple, Adnams Tally Ho, Williams Bros Fraoch, St Austell Clouded Yellow, and almost anything from the Kernel range. (4) In between those two extremes is a huge range of superb "premium" (in UK terms) beers such as Marston's Pedigree, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Young's Special, Bath Ales Barnstomer, Twickenham Naked Ladies, Fuller's London Pride, Springhead Roaring Meg, White Shield … really, this is a "Fifty best" list with a vast UK-shaped hole right through the middle of it, making it entirely useless.
 
 
Sun. December 18, 2011 11:47 PM - by: worstbeerblogever.com
I think Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, Cantillon Blabaer Lambik and Dark Lord are too limited and therefore stand out in this list as odd, especially considering extremely common (but good still) beers like Racer 5 are on the list. I also love rauschbiers, but really doubt the majority of the beer consuming public would ever put a Schlenkerla Urbock on this list. The list just seems a little "thrown together" there are some great beers on the list but in no way is this an accurrate gage of the 50 best beers. Where is the Founder's Canadian Breakfast Stout, where is O'Dell Deconstruction, Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut and so many more?!
 
 
Thu. December 15, 2011 10:39 AM - by: Clinton T. Chandler, Jr.
I enjoy most beer and I certainly have no argument with any of your top fifty, but I have spent six months in Britain the last couple of years and tried (mostly successful) to drink a different "cask" beer each day and when possible, a locally brewed. Cask beer is pumped, no CO2, actually drawn from a keg. It is sometimes called warm but it's actually in a cellar environment and kept around fifty degrees. My point? Not a single beer chosen from one of the great beer drinking countries in the world is a little surprising. They really have some good ones. And a lot still brewed by religious orders from hundreds of years ago. I know that doesn't make them good but it would be interested in seeing the top 100.
 
 
Tue. December 13, 2011 8:50 AM - by: StoneTroegger
Thank you for helping me update my 'bucket list'! Would love to see the best 100, as I'm certain there r some excellent brews that didn't quite make the top 50. My votes for honorable mention: Stone's Ruination & IPA, Ballast Point Big Eye, & Ithaca Flower Power.
 
 
Tue. December 13, 2011 8:48 AM - by: Steve
How about making these beers available as a sampler so that we can all enjoy them!!!
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 10:13 PM - by: David H.
@James I disagree. I think the U.S. has certainly taken things to a different level but most recent developments here in my mind involve extreme beers. I was at the Oregon Beer Festival this past Summer and I couldn't believe the number of Imperial this and Imperial that in the middle of Summer. While I like a lot of these beers, it's a little overwhelming to my diminutive taste buds to drink much of these. I think what constitutes a traditional style is starting to get a little blurred with bigger and bigger stuff constantlu being presented. That doesn't diminish the true to styles or qualities of the Europeans brewers. In many cases, what were are calling one kind of beer is very different from what they call it.
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 9:58 PM - by: James Boxton
I laugh at the comments complaining about very little European beers being in this list. It's simple. THEY DON'T COMPARE! The US has taken brewing to another level and there's not another country (including Belgium) that consistently brews such a diverse range of beers that we do.
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 9:57 PM - by: David H.
Eleven IPAs, four Pale Ales and Seven Imperial Stouts? I like many on this list but a little more diversity should be included in a list like this. Of the all the Troegs beers to pick from, I would have picked the Troegonator or Mad Elf over the one the one selected here. As far as Hefeweizens, I've always consider Ayingers the best bar none. I've also never had a better dopplebock than Schneider Aventinus. Also not one Barleywine in the list. How can that be? Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws is tops for me. Another lager beer which I think is absolutely awesome is Flensburger Kellbier....it's the best lager beer I've ever had in Germany and I've tried many. Samiclaus is one hell of a winter beer. And lastly, I could sub-plant most of this list with other selections but the king of all beers in my mind is Thomas Hardy's Ale that has been properly aged for a decade or so!!
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 6:21 PM - by: da dude
Any list of this kind without bourbon county stout on it should be dismissed
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 5:02 PM - by: Justin
How is Gulden Draak not on this list?
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 4:56 PM - by: Craig
Well done. I can't vouch for every beer on the list because there are a few that I have yet to try, but seeing 2 of the 3 Dogfish Head IPA's along with Ten FIDY and Nugget Nectar is awesome. And I'm totally on board with Bryan's comment about the Flyinf Mouflan, I just went out yesterday to get a bottle... Good stuff.
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 2:49 PM - by: gabe
im surprised that they had no hopslam, and also, if they racer 5 IPA made it on to the list, how did bear republic mach 10 IPA not make it? hmm.
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 2:43 PM - by: Trav
Good list and difficult to come up with 50. I was suprised to see Flying Dog missing on the list. Their "In Heat Wheat" is the best wheat beer I've ever tasted.
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 2:33 PM - by: Bryan
Its nice to see a Pennsylvania beer on the list, especially a microbrew of Troegs caliber, but I think when it comes to beers their Flying Mouflan is probably one of the best out there.
 
 
Mon. December 12, 2011 10:29 AM - by: Dan
If the author wants to trade for Surly let me know. Furious and Darkness should both be on this list.
 
 
Fri. December 9, 2011 10:44 AM - by: Brom
This is a hell of an undertaking and a solid take on the 50 best. Subjective topic, but a solid list of beers. Given the explosion of craft brewing it's impossible to have a definitive top 50, but the 15 or so I've had off this list are tremendous. The Abyss is the best beer I've had. I wasn't surprised by GLBC or Stone on the list, just the particular brew from each. Would've thought La Fin du Monde or St Bernadus Abt 12 among your belgians. I would also love to see Surly (Wet, Furious or Darkness) on here next year - just like hopefully everyone else wants to see their fantastic local craft brewer. Cheers to a great list and 30 new beers to try!
 
 
Fri. December 9, 2011 8:41 AM - by: Tim
Congrats on a very solid list! #Rob and #Appreciate have it right - everyone wants to take a shot at a list. Which is BS. I haven't drank all 50 - and I am certain the author hasn't drank at least 50 that I've had. When I see lists that don't list brewers like Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams, Samuel Smith and many of the "average" beers, I know there was significant work done. The San Diego comment is ridiculous. Four San Diego beers - not unbalanced at all when you look at the number from Oregon, Colorado, the Midwest and the East Coast. If #Beer Mom got to San Diego often (or ever?) she/he might have a very different opinion. I could easily put 50 Oregon, 50 Colorado, 50 Midwest or 50 San Diego beers on a list that might be equal to this. But so what? Good job - and thanks again! For those trying to dig through the many beer choices that maybe don't have great knowledge, this is an outstanding guidepost.
 
 
Fri. December 9, 2011 1:30 AM - by: Bill Veneklasen
;)
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 8:35 PM - by: Drew
My vote for two beers that should have been on this list: - Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout - Left Hand Milk Stout
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 3:14 PM - by: Joe
The beer from Bamberg is in my neighbourship and people from bamberg have a good beer-taste! But Schlenkerla here is not no. 1. A lot of tourists make "beer-holidays" here, because in the district are more then 250 breweries. And i heard nearly every has his own favorit. The best 50 beers - its a joke in my eyes. 49 never heard. And i´m from bavaria. sleep on.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 3:02 PM - by: David
Great stuff. I don't care what's been left off or who judged or what they were wearing or who is an idiot ,jackass or moron. The descriptions are great, giving me more to seek. That's enough for me, good pics too.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 12:52 PM - by: GT2
I reckon this is the Best Beers that the team from this website was able to acquire. I highly doubt they were able to track down BCS Rare or Black Tuesday. In fact, I am dumbfounded they were able to track down a Cantillon Blabaer but not something easier like Bourbon County or Dark Lord. So much so that I doubt anyone from this website actually drank the Blabaer and decided it was magically better than Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek, which it whole heartedly is not.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 12:46 PM - by: Alvarez
Hey Beer Mom! There is a Bamberg beer on this list you MORON!
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 11:30 AM - by: Appreciative Hop Lover.
Rob kinda said it already. Where's your list people? Someones opinion is about beer is their own. You can criticize this list, but is yours any better? Is it? No really Is it? This person named quite a few beers that are not even distributed in San Diego.. Who care's where he is from? Don't be jealous of their boogey, because you have no boogey of your own. If you feel you can make a superior list and have active supportive readers then just do it. Talk is cheap.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 11:00 AM - by: Rob
Thanks for putting you site up and your opinions up for the world to apparently judge. Everyone's so critical but where's their list? This list, like any other, "best of list" is subjective and unfortunately open to rude comments.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 9:15 AM - by: Beer Mom
These lists make me laugh.I think that the creator of the list lives in San Diego and has very little room in life for anything other than hoppy and sour....the other styles on the list were just for credibility. Go to Bamberg and have a Rauchbier. Train up to Kobenhavn and enjoy a fresh Classic Tuborg.Get out of your cocoon and enjoy all of the beers that the world has to offer and use your energies to celebrate great beer.....not to limit it to 50 of your personal favorites. Why have a website when all that you really need is Facebook for this fodder...
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 7:44 AM - by: Brian
Someone really loves IPAs and imperial stouts. I'd like to see a more balanced list. Try doing a top beer from every distinctive style. This list is light on lagers of any kind.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 7:04 AM - by: Michael
There are so many beers on that list that are not worthy of the top 1000 let alone top 50 that it is ridiculous.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 3:01 AM - by: Henning
Good job putting together the list. Of course, identifying the 50 best beers in the world is a near impossible task, and this list should perhaps be renamed "The best American beers in the world...with a few foreign beers thrown in for good measure". Then again - there aren't too many teams from abroad playing in the "World" Series either. :-) In the past few years Scandinavia has emerged as the new frontier for bold beer brewing, and I would think a few Danish, Swedish and Norwegian beers merit a place on the list. Also, Mikkeler is Danish, not Norwegian.
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 1:04 AM - by: poimenently puckered
I've been to sour tastings where Lost Abbey's Cable Car was ho-hum & none of the superior offerings are on this list
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 12:38 AM - by: jeppe
definately a great list. but close to no new beers of 2011. are we drooling in the past?
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 12:32 AM - by: Norbert
A bit onesided with american beers! Certainly we love beers from the states, though its not easy to get them in europe, but I think its a big lack of competence to miss all the trappist beers, the cechs and certainly the United Kingdom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
 
Thu. December 8, 2011 12:00 AM - by: Charlotte
This list lacks a lot of good beers! No Swedish ones for an example. A country whit more than a thousand microbreweries and just nine million inhabitants! Good beers from brewers like Ocean (their brown ale is pure magic!), Dugges, Nils Oscar, Carnegie (try their Porter and try to tell me it's not worthy of this list) and so on! And ofcourse no list is complet if it doesn't mention Brewdog's beers! At least Tokyo should be on this list but a lot of the others like Punk and Trashy blond is clearly amongst the best beer in history!
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 11:31 PM - by: Darren
and the Australian beers are where?
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 11:13 PM - by: Nate
ha, this list is lacking big time. you can put dark lord but not The Bruery's Black Tuesday or Chocolate Rain? No Surley Darkness? No Firestone the beer formerly known as Abacus? and to have Pliny the Elder and no nod to Kern Citra or Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich. this could of definitely used more thought.
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 10:02 PM - by: jimmyd2
When I didn't see any Bruery (Black Tuesday!) or Goose Island (Bourbon County stout!) you lost credibility with me. There are some great beers on the list though
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 8:31 PM - by: RyanE
not a very good list at all. Where is the Rogue? Deschutes? Arrogant Bastard? or Black Raven brewery who dominated the beer fests all over the west coast this year? very limited and biased list if u ask me?
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 5:14 PM - by: Gustav
What no Smuttynose beers or Portsmouth Brewery's Kate the Great!
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 4:54 PM - by: ButchieYost
Any list with out an Anderson Valley or Yard's Philadelphia Pale Ale just isn't credible. And Christian, not everyone in America drinks bud. I wouldn't be surprised if we have more breweries in the U.S. than the European Union combined . . . you can even throw England in the mix.
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 3:35 PM - by: Ninja
Very impressive list, though I would argue that Victory at Sea is Ballast Point's best beer, not Sculpin. The list is a little biased toward IPAs if you ask me.
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 3:09 PM - by: Nick the Tick
Ticked them all. YES!!!
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 3:08 PM - by: MPR
@Christian, kindly remove yourself from 1985 and meet the American Craft Brew Industry: it's large, it's experimental, and it's world-class.
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 2:48 PM - by: Tom
@Christian, America is at the *center* of the beer world now.
 
 
Wed. December 7, 2011 2:29 PM - by: Hophead
Maybe we should check http://www.thefiftybest.com.ve for the Venezuelan beers.
 
 
Mon. November 28, 2011 7:28 PM - by: Christian
Come on people American beer in "best beer" please double check your whole ranking here. Thank you
 
 
Wed. September 7, 2011 5:38 PM - by: Jim
Four words (6 - depending on how you figure): Ninkasi Total Domination IPA
 
 
Thu. April 28, 2011 8:09 AM - by: lorenzo duque
Which Venezuelan beer do you have in mind ? Most Venezuelan beers have a distinctive taste of plain water with hints of piss.
 
 
Wed. April 27, 2011 2:33 PM - by: Jefferson González
Dear sirs: no one from Venezuela? Have you really tasted our beers?
 
 
Thu. September 30, 2010 10:15 PM - by: Andre
Chouffe!!!!! Dobbelen IPA Tripel is definitely my all-time favorite IPA... Its a citrus driven hopzilla, with gardenia notes, and a creamy texture... yet to find a stateside brew that can replace it... Tho the Brooklyn Sorachi Ace had me screaming WOW!
 
 
Tue. September 14, 2010 9:49 AM - by: Peter
Kingdom Clouded Leopard Pilsener from Cambodia is one to ad to the list! It should qualify as a pilsener/lager, made from Saaz and hallertau hops.
 
 
Wed. August 11, 2010 9:41 PM - by: Michael
Lagunita Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale will hold up to any of these and definatly deserves to be put on this list.
 
 


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