Beer Wednesday: 50 Best Beers in America

Rather than a beer review this week, I am passing along a link from MP (who was not bold enough to post this himself) about the 50 Best Beers in America as named by the American Homebrewers Association. Or maybe as named by readers of Zymurgy, the AHA's magazine. Not quite sure. (Fun etymology fact - Zymurgy is named after zymology, which means the process of fermentation and frequently is used as a fancy term for the study/process of beer-making. Class dismissed.)

Keep in mind that people who brew their own beer about as hardcore as beer aficionados get, so it is not too surprising that the list is dominated by IPAs and Imperial Stouts, the extreme manifestations of their respective styles. Pliny the Elder by Russian River, which we tasted in the FIWK IPA Tasting, came out on top. There are lots of beers on here that I haven't had before, so I'm very excited to try to work through this list.

(pictured: #2 finisher Two Hearted Ale by Bell's)

Anything on here that you would personally rate higher? Any beers listed that you want to go find now?


  1. Another fact that I read in this list which was new to me - I didn't realize that Russian River is difficult to find outside of California. I guess I've always taken for granted that we can easily get it.

  2. I actually really like that list. I've tried and loved 8 of the top 11 beers.

    Russian River - Pliny The Elder. I was actually lucky when a couple friends brought back a growler of this beer as a gift to me. I still have the growler, but it has been empty for months.

    Dogfishhead 90 Minute IPA, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Sierra Nevada Celebration (which is good, but I prefer the Torpedo, ranked one spot lower), Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Stone Ruination IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous

  3. NEVER EVER EVER EVER NEVER take easy access to Russian River brews for granted.

    (Sobs silently)...