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2013 best beers, breweries, and portfolios in America

By / 06.21.13

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Zymurgy, the Journal of the American Homebrewers Association, polls readers every year to determine the best commercially available beers in America. How many of the top 25 have you had? I’m at 21.

25 Best Beers in America
Top 25 beers based on most votes.

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1. Russian River Pliny the Elder


2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale


3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA


4. Bell’s Hopslam Ale


5. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA


6. Founders Breakfast Stout


7. Arrogant Bastard Ale


8. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA


T9. Lagunitas Sucks


T9. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale


T9. Stone Ruination IPA


T12. North Coast Old Rasputin


T12. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA


T12. Stone Enjoy By IPA


15. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale


16. The Alchemist Heady Topper


T17. Firestone Walker Double Jack


T17. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout


19. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale


20. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack


T21. Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA


T21. Three Floyds Zombie Dust


T23. Firestone Walker Union Jack


T23. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’


25. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

25 Best Breweries in America
Brewery rankings are based on total votes received by each brewery’s beers.

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1. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.


2. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.


3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.


4. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.


5. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.


6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.


7. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich.


8. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif.


9. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.


10. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.


11. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.


12. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.


13. Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colo.


14. Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.


15. Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.


16. The Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.


17. Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Mo.


18. Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, Ill.


19. New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wis.


T20. Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, Colo.


T20. Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.


22. Troegs Brewing Co., Hershey, Pa.


23. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio


24. Victory Brewing Company, Downington, Pa.


25. Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.

25 Best Beer Portfolios in America
Breweries with the most brands represented in the results.

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1. The Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) (40 beers)


2. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (38 beers)


3. Avery Brewing Company (35 beers)


4. Cigar City Brewing (30 beers)


5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (29 beers)


6. Bell’s Brewery (28 beers)


7. New Belgium Brewing (27 beers)


T8. Stone Brewing Co. (26 beers)


T8. Goose Island Beer Company (26 beers)


9. Boulevard Brewing Company (25 beers)


10. Deschutes Brewery (24 beers)


T11. Founders Brewing Company (23 beers)


T11. New Glarus Brewing Company (23 beers)


T11. The Bruery (23 beers)


T11. The Saint Louis Brewery (23 beers)


T15. Rogue Ales (21 beers)


T15. Lagunitas Brewing Company (21 beers)


T15. Odell Brewing Company (21 beers)


T15. Great Divide Brewing Company (21 beers)


T19. Firestone Walker Brewing Company (20 beers)


T19. Three Floyds Brewing Company (20 beers)


T19. Manayunk Brewing Company (19 beers)


22. Papago Brewing Company (19 beers)


T23. Great Lakes Brewing Company (18 beers)


T23. Southern Tier Brewing Company (18 beers)


T23. Victory Brewing Company (18 beers)


T23. Russian River Brewing Company (18 beers)

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Get original list from the Homebrewers Association goes all the way up to 50 and there is also a list of the top 10 imports. Be sure to go their page and see which ones didn’t quite make our cut. While you’re there maybe you can figure out how to brew your own beer so you can stop paying attention to these lists.


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