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Eric Strader
Eric Strader
Eric Strader writes about the craft beer scene in Indiana and Michigan. He's a dad, husband, potter, soccer coach, special education paraprofessional, who likes to read, bike, hike, and canoe.



RateBeer announces best beers of 2013

Wondering what the best beers and best breweries are in the world?  RateBeer.com just released their best of lists for 2013.


Posted on Feb. 9, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.

MON FEB 3, 2014 - The top 100 beers in the world according the reviews taken last year and weighted by performance within and outside of style. The winners here are presented alphabetically and reflect the top performing beers of hundreds of thousands listed at RateBeer. All winners in this category are eligible for award certificates. - See more at: http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbeers-world2014.asp#sthash.ibWKTdDU.dpuf

Rate Beer is on online forum created in 2000, in which beer drinkers can share opinions and information with each other.  Each year they compile massive amounts of information from thousands of reviews to create "best of lists" that include Best Brewers, Best Beers, Best Beer Retailers, etc.   This past week, the lists created from information gathered from the year 2013, were released.

The website states, "We recognize the hard work and consistency that goes into making these styles traditionally, and in new brewing traditions, fine appreciation and precision.  This is truly all about showcasing an array of the world's finest brewers."

MON FEB 3, 2014 - The top 100 beers in the world according the reviews taken last year and weighted by performance within and outside of style. The winners here are presented alphabetically and reflect the top performing beers of hundreds of thousands listed at RateBeer. All winners in this category are eligible for award certificates. - See more at: http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/bestbeers-world2014.asp#sthash.ibWKTdDU.dpuf

To read more about how Rate Beer calculates their results, click here.

Many breweries near the Michiana area made the Rate Beer Best Of lists, including several beers that landed in the top spot for the best beer in the world by style.  These beers included:

  • Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Kalamazoo, MI - #1 best IPA in the world
  • Founders KBS, Grand Rapids, MI - #1 best stout in the world
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine, Chicago, IL - #1 best strong ale in the world
  • Three Floyds Zombie Dust, Munster, IN - #1 best pale ale in the world
  • Kuhnhenn Bourbon Barrel French Toast Mead, Warren, MI - #1 best mead in the world

Out of 21 different categories, with the top 15 beers ranked in each category, there were 43 beers ranked from the combined states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.  To see the full list of all categories, click here.

Other lists included:

Top Brewers in the World

Three Floyds Brewing, IN -  ranked #3,   Bell's Brewery, MI -  ranked #5,  

Other breweries included:

Michigan -Dark Horse, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn, B. Nektar Meadery, and Shorts.

Illiniois - Goose Island, Half Acre, Pipeworks, and Revolution.

Ohio - Hoppin' Frog. Great Lakes Brewing

For the complete Top Brewers in the World list click here.

 

Top beers, brewers, new brewers by state

Indiana - top brewer Three Floyds, Top beer Three Floyds Dark Lord, best new brewer - 18th St. Brewery

Michigan - top brewer Bell's Brewery, Top beer Founders KBS, best new brewer - Griffin Claw Brewing Company

For the full list, click here.  

 

Best Beers in the World Overall

Michigan - Bell's Black Note, Bells Expedition Stout, Bell's Hopslam, Bell's Two-Hearted;  Dark Horse Bourbon Barrel Plead the 5th Imperial Stout; Founders Backwoods Bastard, Founders Breakfast Stout, Founders Imperial Stout, Founders KBS, Founders Porter; Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock

Indiana -  Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Stout, Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA, Three Floyds Zombie Dust

For the complete list click here.

 

Best beer retailers by state

Indiana - Best brewpub - New Albanian Brewing Company, New Albany; Best restaurant - M. Moggers Restaurant & Pub, Terre Haute; Best brewery tap room - New Day Meadery, Indianapolis; Best bottle shop - Keg Liquors, Clarksville; Best bar - The Heorot, Muncie.

New Albanian Brewing Company Pizzeria and Public House   - See more at: http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/BestPlaces-State2014.asp#sthash.3TM4DVvP.dpuf

Michigan - Best Brewpub - Hop Cat, Grand Rapids; Best restaurant - Slows Bar BQ, Detroit; Best brewery tap room - Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids; Best bottle shop - Champane's Wine Cellars, Warren; Best bar - Kalamazoo Beer Exchange, Kalamazoo.

To view the complete list, click here.

Now, I know that a list is just a list, and nothing more than the opinion of the people involved.  And I don't really need to be told that what I already know - Michiana is located in the brewing heartland, surrounded by incredible beer culture.  But it is nice to know that much of the rest of the world feels the same.

New Albanian Brewing Company Pizzeria and Public House   M. Mogger's Restaurant & Pub   New Day Meadery   Keg Liquors - Clarksville      The Heorot  - See more at: http://www.ratebeer.com/RateBeerBest/BestPlaces-State2014.asp#sthash.3TM4DVvP.dpuf

Top Beers, Brewers, New Brewers By Subregion


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