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US Craft Beers Did Good

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Posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on February 07, 2014 at 14:43:22:

Sort of the Olympics of craft brewing... US did pretty good, especially midwest and Oregon brewers.


edited from : at has released awards for the world's best beers, brewers, retailers and new releases, compiled from 2013 reviews of more than 240,000 beers from over 16,000 brewers worldwide. What might surprise some is how well beers from Michigan, Wisconsin and other Midwest locales fared. Of RateBeer's awards for the best beer in the world in each of 21 styles, Midwestern brews won quite a few, including best IPA, stout, amber ale, sour and top beer in the country.
Best India Pale Ale (IPA): Bell's Two Hearted Ale, an IPA, Bell's Brewery, Galesburg, Mich.

Best Double IPA: Russian River Pliny the Elder, an imperial/double IPA, Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Best American Amber or Pale Ale: Three Floyds Zombie Dust, an American pale ale, Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.

Best Dark Lager: Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager, a schwarzbier, Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.

Best Traditional Ale: Hair of the Dog Adam, a traditional ale, Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland, Ore.

Best Belgian Session: Grassroots Brother Soigné, a saison, Grassroots Brewing, North Greensboro, Vt.

Best Porter: Hill Farmstead Everett, a porter, Hill Farmstead Brewery, North Greensboro, Vt.

Best Sour Ale: New Glarus R & D Sour Fruit, a lambic style fruit ale, New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wis.

Best Strong Ale: Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine, a barley wine, Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago

Best Mead: Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel French Toast Mead, a mead, Kuhnhenn Brewing, Warren, Mich.

Last but not least, the Best Beer in America: Founder's KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), Grand Rapids, Mich.

With a 100 percent rating on RateBeer and an 11.2 ABV, the KBS also won RateBeer's best stout in the world. The strong imperial stout is aged in oak bourbon barrels. As Flickr user Edwin put it, "It tastes like bourbon without the ethanol." Yum.

See RateBeer for the winners in all 21 styles and all the runners up at ) . They also list the best beers by category, state and country, as well as best new beers and brewers at

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