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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

founders breakfaststout 11111 The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bells, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost AbbeyBy Jeremy Thompson, Don Corino, Pat Smith, Tim Rodgers, Paul Reiter and Matt Goldstein

 1.  Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI: 

The Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout is a shoe in to be our #1 overall beer on our next Top 100 beer list.  The seasonal Breakfast Stout was already on our top 10 list and the Founders Porter was our Philadelphia Beer Week Champion.  Have you ever tasted the Centennial IPA or the Curmudgeon?  Please.  Founders Brewing Company is the #1 Brewery in the world!   

2.  Bell’s Brewing Inc, Kalamazoo, MI: 

 It’s hard putting Bell’s at #2 on this list because these guys have taken the art of beer making to perfection.  From the Bell’s Expedition Stout to the Consecrator Dopplebock and the Hopslam are 3 of the best beers in the world hands down.  Add the Kalamazoo Stout, Oberon Ale and the Two Hearted Ale and you have a magnum opus in beer making. 

3.  Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, San Diego, CA: 

The Ballast Point Sculpin IPA is largely considered to be the best India Pale Ale in the world.  The Sculpin also won a gold medal at the 2010 World Beer Cup.  The Calico Amber Ale is made like an English ESB but this American brew is also a gold medal winner.  The Big Eye IPA and the Victory at Sea Imperial Vanilla Coffee Porter are entirely world class.

stone brewing company 300x284 The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bells, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey4.  Stone Brewing Company, Escondido, CA: 

Stone’s Ruination IPA, Imperial Russian Stout, Smoked Porter and Arrogant Bastard Ale are staples of the craft beer world, while their Anniversary Ale is one of the highest rated beers ever.

5.  Port/Lost Abbey Brewing Company, San Marcos, CA: 

The Lost Abbey Avant-Garde, Devotion and Yellow Bus along with the Port Old Viscosity, High Tide IPA and Santa’s Little Helper Stout put the Port/Lost Abbey Brewing at #5.  Throw in the Hop 15 and Port/Lost Abbey competes with any brewery in the world.   

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6.  Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA: 

Victory’s Hopdevil, Prima Pils, and Golden Monkey are almost mainstream craft beers at this point but the Storm King Imperial Stout, Hopwallop, Baltic Thunder Porter, and V-12 are all world class while the Saison du Buff might be the best Saison in the world. 

7.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Milton, DE: 

The 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPA’s are some of the best IPA’s being brewed today.  At the same time, the Old School Barley Wine and the Bitches Brew are some of the best beers in their class.  Dogfish also collaborated with Victory on the Saison du Buff.    

8.  Russian River, Santa Rosa, CA.

9.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA. 

rogue beers 285x300 The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bells, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey10.  Rogue Ales, Newport, OR.  

11.  Fuller’s Ales, London, UK. 

12.  Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton, PA.

13.  Troegs Craft Brewery, Harrisburg, PA. 

14.  Westmalle Trappist, Westmalle, Belgium.

15.  Westvleteren,  Belgium.  

16.  Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA.

17.  Southern Tier Brewing Company, Lakewood, NY.

18.  Moonlight Brewing Company, Fulton, CA.

19.  Sam Smith Old Brewery, North Yorkshire, UK.

20.  Flying Fish, Cherry Hill, NJ.

21.  Hacker Pschorr, Munich, Germany.

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The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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The Top Ten Belgian Ales at the Beer Trials: La Fin Du Monde, Chimay Blue, Saison Dupont, Allagash Tripel, Delirium Tremens and more….

 

findumonde  282x300 The Top Ten Belgian Ales at the Beer Trials: La Fin Du Monde, Chimay Blue, Saison Dupont, Allagash Tripel, Delirium Tremens and more....The Beers Trials are a completely blind taste test with craft beer experts from around the country.  The results are based on a book entitled The Beer Trials, by Seamus Campbell and Robin Goldstein. 

Compiled by Matt Goldstein 

1.  La Fin Du Monde

 9.0%, Quebec, Canada

2.  Chimay Blue Grand Reserve

 9.0%, Belgium

3.  Saison Dupont

 6.5%, Belgium

4.  Allagash Tripel

 9.0%, Maine, U.S.

5.  Allagash Dubbel

 7.0%, Maine, U.S.

6.  Chimay Red Priemere

 7.0%, Belgium

7.  Delirium Tremens

 8.5%, Belgium

8.  Don de Deiu

  9%, Quebec, Canada

9.  Duvel

 8.5%, Belgium

10.  La Chouffe

 8%, Belgium

three philosophers 199x300 The Top Ten Belgian Ales at the Beer Trials: La Fin Du Monde, Chimay Blue, Saison Dupont, Allagash Tripel, Delirium Tremens and more....11.  Maredsous Triple

 10%, Belgium

12.  Maudite

 8%, Quebec, Canada

13.  Three Philosophers

 9.8%, NY, U.S.

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

Blanche de Bruxelles The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more...Blanche de Bruxelles is the 2010 Grand Champion:  Are you down wit da Witbier? 

By Tim Rodgers, Matt Rodgers and Matt Goldstein 

1.  Blanche de Bruxelles:

 4.5%, Belgium.  It’s the perfect Belgian White!  Blanche has a delicate balance of coriander spices with citrus notes and to our surprise, clearly stood out from the crowd. 

2.  Hoegaarden:

 4.9%, Belgium.  This world famous witbier performed extremely well, with a nice aroma, mouth feel, and should be considered the gold standard of Belgian Whites. 

3.  Ommegangs Witte:

 5.9%, Cooperstown, NY.  The Witte is light on color but packs a lot of flavor.   

4.  Victory Wirlwind Witbier, 5.0%, Downingtown, PA.  Very light and refreshing, no aftertaste though. 

5.  St. Bernardis Blanche, 5.5%, Belgium.  According to Ratebeer.com, the St. Bernardis witbier is made under the supervision of the father of Hoegarden and bottle re-fermented much like Blanche de Bruxelles.

6.  Blue Moon, 5.4%, Golden, CO.  You wouldn’t know it was a Coors product in a blind test.  Blue Moon has great color and well balanced citrus for a Belgian Whit. 

7.  Allagash White, 5.2%, Portland, ME.  The critically acclaimed Allagash was a little too heavy on the coriander spices with not enough citrus to balance it. 

8.  Wittekerke Witbier, 5.0% ABV, Belgium.

9.  Shock Top, 5.2%, St. Louis, MS.  It’s the Anheuser Busch answer to craft beer.  Shock Top is not bad, but it lacked the flavor of its competition. 

10.  Leinenkugel’s Sunset Wheat, 4.9%, Chippewa Falls, WI.  Sunset Wheat was way too heavy in floral, lavender, and sweet notes.  It could be used for a bathroom air freshener. 

11.  Bud Light Golden Wheat, 4.1%, St. Louis MS, Another Anheuser Busch creation but to no surprise, it fell way short.  It was a control to our experiment.  There’s no taste, no aroma and a flavor that seems to fake the funk. 

Are you down wit da witbier?

Blanche de Bruxelles is an excellent witbier and specialty of the farm-breweries of old Brabant, Belgium.  Through a very slow brewing process and only the best crops, the master brewers infuse the non-filtered beer with coriander and bitter orange peels and then re-ferment the yeast and sugar.  Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the large percentage (40 %) of wheat that goes into its composition.  You need only take a sip of the Blanche de Bruxelles Belgian White to appreciate the fresh and mellow flavor with its hint of orange and realize that it’s not like any other beer.  Also, there is a picture of a little devil child taking a wiz on the label.  It’s amazing.  Maybe that’s where this champion witbier gets it’s flavor. 

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The Top 10 Breweries in the World: Founders, Bell’s, Ballast Point, Stone, Port/Lost Abbey

The Top 25 Beers in a Can: Oscar Blues, Sly Fox, Maui Brewing, Young’s Double Chocolate, Caldera, 21st Amendment

Pennsylvania Crushes Germany in the Top 10 Pilsners: Pilzilla, Prima Pils, Stoudt’s Pils, Pikeland Pils, Troegs Sunshine Pils

The Best Beer under $20 a Case: Yuengling Lager, Bitburger, Leinenkugels, Shiner Bock, Lionshead and more…

The Top 25 Stouts: Founders KBS, Breakfast Stout, Bell’s Kalamazoo, Rogue Shakespear Oatmeal, Goose Island Black Cat Bourbon, Deschutes the Abyss

The Top 10 Oktoberfest Beers: Ayinger, Beck’s, Hacker Pschorr, Flying Fish, Hofbrau, Stoudt’s, Lefthand, Magic Hat, Spaten

The Top Ten Belgian White Ales from a Taste Test: Blanche de Bruxelles, Hoegaarden, Ommengangs Witte, Victory Wirlwind, St. Brnardis Blanche, Allagash White, Blue Moon and more…

The Top 10 Mexican Beers: Bohemia, Negra Modela, Dos Equis, Corona, Carta Blanca, Tecate, Sol and more…

Top 50 Pound for Pound Beer List: Chimay, Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Bells’, Victory, Founders, Hacker-Pschorr, Weyerbacher and more…

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