Friday, December 30, 2011

BEER SAMIZDAT'S TOP 25 BEERS OF 2011

It was one of those years for beer. Beers that made us laugh, beers that made us cry. Beers that made us tipsy, beers that made us really tipsy. Blogs that stopped writing about beer, blogs that started up in August 2011 with a mission to write about beer, and nothing else.

Here are the Top 25 "new" beers that I drank in 2011. Most were new to the world at large this year, while more than several were simply brand new to me, or just started being distributed in the United States. Here's to a fantastic year of drinking and the continued aggressive germination of craft beer culture all over the globe.

1. THE BRUERY/CITY BEER STORE - The Wanderer (Dark Sour Ale)
2. TELEGRAPH BREWING - Gypsy Ale (American Wild Ale)
3. URTHEL - Saisonniere (Saison)
4. FIFTY/FIFTY BREWING - Red Is The New Black (Imperial Red IPA)
5. BROUWERIJ DE KEERSMAEKER - Mort Subite Blanche Lambic (Lambic)
6. BROUWERIJ BOCKER N.V. - Bocker Bellegems Bruin (Flanders Oud Bruin)
7. THE BRUERY - Autumn Maple 2011 (Spiced Ale)
8. O'DELL BREWING - Saboteur (Barrel-aged Brown Ale)
9. DE STRUISE/MIKKELLER - Elliot Brew (Double IPA)
10. EMILISSE - Dubbel (Dubbel)
11. LOST ABBEY - The Red Poppy (Sour Ale)
12. BIRRIFICIO LE BALADIN - Nora (Tripel)
13. 21ST AMENDMENT/NINKASI - Allies Win The War (English Strong Ale)
14. THE BRUERY/CIGAR CITY - Maron Acidifie (Sour Ale)
15. RUSSIAN RIVER - Damnation, Batch 23 (Belgian Golden Ale)
16. THE BRUERY - Coton (Old Ale)
17. LAGUNITAS BREWING - A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' (Imperial Wheat)
18. DE PROEF/TERRAPIN - Monstre Rouge (Flanders Red Ale)
19. ST. FEUILLIEN/GREEN FLASH - Biere De L'Amitie (Belgian Strong Pale Ale)
20. HIGHWATER BREWING - Pom Cherry Bomb (Fruit Beer)
21. PIKE BREWING - Dry Wit (Witbier)
22. EDDYLINE BREWERY - Crank Yanker IPA (IPA)
23. NEW BELGIUM - Lips of Faith Dunkelweiss (Dunkelweiss)
24. BIRRA DEL BORGO - Extra Re Ale (American-Style IPA)
25. STONE - 15th Anniversery Escondidian Black IPA (Black IPA)

1 comment:

Vince said...

I love that you came around on Black IPAs, as I also really enjoyed that one by Stone.