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Old 02-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Men's Journal - Top American Craft Beers

The March 2012 issue of Men's Journal has an article about their top craft beers in America. The article is titled "The Golden Age of Beer" and is found, sadly, towards the end of the issue. It starts out with a half page talking about Stone Brewing Company and then a third of a page talking about Surley Brewing Co. and a third of a page talking about Barrier Brewing Co. The article then lists the following as the top craft beers in America:

Pilsner:
-Victory Prima Pils
-Lagunitas Czech-Style Pils
-Trumer Pils

Wheat:
-Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat
-Allagash White
-Avery White Rascal

Lager:
-Samuel Adams Boston Lager
-Yuengling Traditional Lager
-Sprecher Black Bavarian

Pale Ale:
-Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
-Dale's Pale Ale
-Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

IPA:
-Ranger IPA
-21st Amendment Back in Black
-Stone IPA

Amber,Red, and Brown:
-Alaskan Amber
-Surly Coffee Bender
-Big Sky Moose Drool

Belgian Style:
-Ommegang Abbey Ale
-Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere
-Russian River Consecration

Stout and Porter:
-Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
-Zonker Stout
-Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

The Next Big Thing (five innovative styles):
-Real Farmhouse Ale
-American Wild Ale
-Spiced/Fruit Beer
-Hopless
-Black Saison

The nice part about the article is that it gives tasting notes on each beer and a description of the five innovative styles. It's worth reading. Discuss!


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Old 02-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Interesting that they said Abyss was the best stout in the world a few years ago and now it's not even in the top 3 American stouts


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Old 02-15-2012, 12:47 AM   #3
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Nothing about my homebrew?! What do these guys know?
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:11 AM   #4
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Black Saison? Would that just be like a Farmhouse version of a CDA? Either way, I'm very intrigued. Belgian strains in stouts have always found a way into my favor, it never really occurred to me to use a Saison strain in a dark beer though.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:18 AM   #5
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It's always hard to make a comprehensive list like this, because so many people have their own personal favorites, the quality of some beers is much higher locally...there are so many considerations. I mean, I could take one of those beers and put it against some small brewpub beer that you've never heard of, and there's a good chance you'd prefer the brewpub. I haven't had some of the beers on the list, but from what I can tell it looks pretty solid. It's good to see that they're listing some truly good beers, and not just shotgunning the article.
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Old 02-15-2012, 01:23 AM   #6
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Looks like a decent list. I see some beer brands that have "made it". Although they are still good beers in my eyes, not sure they should be highlighted in a best "craft" beer article. Better to give some exposure to some lesser known beers there. Still a good read, and I have tried only about half of these beers.
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Who makes a black saison? Did they give the brand? I just made one and figured it must have been done before but have never seen it. I'm gonna put the recipe up here once I taste it carbed up.
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The black saison is just a style they were predicting to be popular in the near future. They didn't give any breweries that produce it.
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Goose Island Pepe Nero is a black saison. it also has peppercorns.
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Hmmmm...there's a few I'd differ on, but a good list nonetheless. Time to start working on recipe's for the "next big thing"....Already wanted to do an American Farmhouse...Black Saison...hadn't thought of that, but now I'm gonna make one.


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