Beer Advocate’s magazine. Or you prefer the sporadic publication of the aptly named Beer magazine. Or perhaps you enjoy Brew; the home-brew magazine. Or perhaps you enjoy Zymurgy; the magazine of the American Home-brew Association.
That last option just posted a list of their top craft beers and some of the results are really surprising. While they went well beyond the top ten I thought the list of the top ten was quite unconventional in the making. Of course they were considering only American craft beer so you won’t see any international offerings like Westvleteren’s XII. Let’s look at the list.
|1||Pliny the Elder||Russian River|
|2||Two Hearted Ale||Bell’s|
|3||90 Minute IPA||Dogfish Head|
|5||Sculpin IPA||Ballast Point|
|8||Ruthless Rye||Sierra Nevada|
I was shocked to see that [Heady Topper] was ranked only 16 in this list as it is usually within most top five lists and truly a beer above and beyond. I was shocked that Surly’s Furious was ranked 26th but their Darkness wasn’t even in the top 50. I was shocked that Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout was ranked below their normal Breakfast Stout.
I’m curious of our readers about how many of these beers have you managed to have and do you think this list is in line with what your perceptions of craft beer are? The full list is available at the HuffPo for your perusal.
The Zymergy article also cited the top five craft breweries in America based on a
Best Portfolio classification. The results were pretty typical though it was cool seeing Avery and Cigar City on the list. I think both those breweries are doing amazing things and truly deserve the list.
|1||The Boston Beer Company|
|2||Dogfish Head Craft Brewery|
|3||Avery Brewing Company|
|4||Cigar City Brewing|
|5||Sierra Nevada Brewing Company|
Let me know what you might object to.