Our list of top rated beers prompted some great discussion, including this thread on Reddit. Reddit user “GFR_120" suggested we do another list, but this time include beers that are more readily accessible to the average beer drinker.
Considering we’re primarily dealing with microbreweries that have limited distribution, this is a tough task; but we’ve done our best to weed out the “event” beers that are impossible to find. Of course it depends where you live, but you shouldn’t have to sell any children to track these down.
Again, these are based on Brewski Me user ratings.
20. Pumpkinator — Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (First released as one of Saint Arnold’s once-a-year “Divine Reserve” beers, this pumpkin stout was so well received it became a permanent, albeit seasonal, part of their lineup).
19. Cuvee des Jacobins Rogue — Brouwerij Bockor (A great example of the Flemish red ale style which is one of the inspirations for American sours.)
18. Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew — Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Originally released in honor of the 40th anniversary of the album, it seems this imperial stout has become more accessible over the last couple years.)
17. Double Chocolate Stout — Rogue Brewery (8.7% ABV desert in a bottle.)
16. Founders Imperial Stout — Founders Brewing Co. (Newsflash: Founders makes very good imperial stouts.)
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In honor of American Craft Beer Week 2013, we’d like to introduce the Brewski Me #ACBW2013 Award Cap! Just kidding! Sorry, maybe next year.
What we’re doing for real is listing the top 20 beers as rated by Brewski Me users. We are pleased to see a couple surprises in addition to the usual suspects. The beers are ranked by average rating, from #20 to the best.
20. Sucaba — Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Formerly known as Abacus, this is the only barley wine to make the list.)
19. Temptation — Russian River Brewing Co. (The popularity of sour/wild beers is on the rise, and Temptation may be the ultimate American example.)
18. Whiskey Barrel Rodeo — Jester King Brewery/Mikkeller (Jester King is but two years old and already one of the top breweries in the country. Whiskey Barrel Rodeo is one of two collaborations from gypsy brewer Mikkeller to make the list.)
17. Bourbon County Stout — Goose Island Beer Co. (Several varieties of Bourbon County made the top 20, so we took the average. None of them are to be missed, if possible.)
16. Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XIV — North Coast Brewing Co. (Also known as “Old Rasputin Anniversary Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout,” this was an unexpected, but welcome, addition. North Coast has been brewing since 1988, and they’re only getting better.)
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Our friends at Austin Beer Guide have been posting lots of goings on for American Craft Beer Week in Austin. Check it out!
Next week is American Craft Beer Week! The fine folks at the Brewers Association have been promoting ACBW since 2006 and today you can find events in all 50 states. To help celebrate, we’re launching our 2012 ACBW Award Cap. Log a few beers from your favorite microbrewery or brewpub and all the fame and fortune that accompanies a shiny virtual bottle cap is yours!
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Our friends at Swamp Head Brewery have launched several new Beer Caps in Brewski Me! Rocksauce Studios put them together, and we think they’re pretty pretty snazzy.
If you’d like to get your brewery’s artwork in Brewski Me, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu’s Day 2012
On Satuday, March 10th, two very special things happened. First, Brian flew off to Austin, TX to attend his first SXSW, and second, Ashley and I (Adam) went to Cigar City Brewery for Hunahpu’s Day! We’ve heard many great tales of the legend of the Hunahpu, but this was our first experience! This special stout release is quite the event. Thousands of folks flock to Tampa to take home a few bottles and experience all that is Hunahpu’s Day.
We arrived around 9:30 for the 11:00 gate opening to what we found out was quite late. The line had wrapped around the block! Luckily, in the week before, they dropped the bottle limit to two from three and we secured our wrist bands guaranteeing us two bottles!
Once inside, the tap list seemed like a “who’s who” of the top rated beers on Brewski Me, Beer Advocate and RateBeer! The line for drink tickets ($5 a pop) was, unfortunately, just as long. Thanks go out to the local home brew clubs though for giving their beer away and making the drink ticket line much more tolerable!
The beer at the top of my list was 3Floyd’s Dark Lord. The first tapping of it was at 1PM, so we knew where we were going to be at 1PM. Ashley and I started the line for Dark Lord at 12:15 and it quickly expanded from there. The tap was killed 10 minutes after 1 with lots and lots of people in the queue left out.
They released the bottles of Hunahpu at 3:30 and we were completely spent after a day of drinking in the sun, so we headed back shortly after picking up our bottles.
This is definitely an event not to miss next year! After my experience, my suggestions are: bring plenty of cash, bring chairs and check the weather! I ALMOST wore jeans due to the cold weather in the morning, but decided against it!
My Brewski Me activity feed from the event:
We are extremely proud to announce Brewski Me has received the Grand Prize in the YP(SM)
Developer Challenge. First and foremost, we’d like to thank the YP(SM)Developer Program
for the honor.
But wait, what does YP(SM) Developer Program have to do with Brewski Me? Well, they are doing great things with their Places API, and we’ve found what we think is a pretty cool way to implement their local business data into our new Drink Spots feature — which you’ll find in a (near) future update. In the meantime, they are sending us to Austin to showcase Brewski Me in the YP(SM) Developer Program booth at the SXSW Trade Show, from March 12th through the 15th. Needless to say, we are ecstatic. Please stop by and say hello — we’ll be at booths 200 and 202.
Tomorrow night Austin Beer Guide is celebrating the release of their winter issue at the Draught House in Austin. To help, they’re breaking out a special collaboration beer brewed with Hops & Grain — Bourbon Barrel Night RYE-der. Log it with Brewski Me and earn a special Austin Beer Guide Award Cap!
Details at Austin Beer Guide.
Introducing Brewski Me version 1.6, now with a brand new “Drink!” screen! The standard “I’m drinking…” text sent to Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare is now completely optional. In addition, we’ve launched “Tasting Notes,” which are completely editable by users, are saved in Brewski Me, and can also be shared via those other social networks. This way it’s easier for users to keep useful tasting notes and gives folks the option of saying whatever the heck they want.
Update today and drink (responsibly) with friends!
In the next version of Brewski Me, we are changing things up a bit on the drink screen and we want your help! Details inside…