It’s safe to say there are more great beers being made in the world today than ever before. The craft beer boom is real, and it’s not going away. This is a good thing for drinkers everywhere, but it’s also created such a glut of choices that finding the good stuff can be difficult, to say the least.
20 World’s Best Beers
20. Pinot Suave
“Pinot“: (French) describing a family of wine grapes that are related to both grape colors, red and white. Examples: Pinot Gris/Grigio, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir. “Suave“: (Spanish) smooth or soft or any combination of the two; pronounced “SWAH-VAY”, it is distinguished from the English pronunciation “SWAH-vh”, meaning “sophisticated” or “elegant” or “unctuous”.
This Belgian style ale was aged in Pinot Noir barrels which were filled with Pinot grape must. The result, a unique flavor profile with some delicate notes of acidity and wine tannins. The light malt body makes sure the berry flavors stay at the forefront.
19. Aphrodisiaque (Dieu du Ciel)
Black ale with aromas and flavors of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry, without out-competing each other, to produce a well-balanced beer. This beer is hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its color may be intimidating, but it is a smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.
Clear dark black color with an average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, cacao, vanilla, moderate roasted, chocolate. Flavor is heavy sweet and moderate to light significant bitter with a long duration, dusty. The body is medium, texture is oily – creamy, and carbonation is soft.
18. Grassroots Brother Soigné (Hill Farmstead)
With a mix of lime, hibiscus, and blood orange, this saison is tart, refreshing, and fermented by Hill Farmstead Brewing Company in Greensboro, Vermont. At 5% ABV, this brew is well carbonated with a moderate body.
A tart, refreshing saison brewed with our dear friend Luc Bim Lafontaine, of Dieu du Ciel! Lime, hibiscus and blood orange in a mixed fermentation.
17. Beer Geek Breakfast (Mikkeller)
Copenhagen, Denmark’s finest brew is an oatmeal stout composed of 25% oat-based ingredients and a nice touch of gourmet coffee. Mikkeller suggests the beer with breakfast because of its lingering coffee flavors offset by a certain sweetness that makes this 7.5% ABV brew enjoyable.
Ingredients: Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.
16. Citra Single Hop Pale Ale (Hill Farmstead)
This pale ale from the folks at Hill Farmstead Brewing Company is dry-hopped for bittering and flavoring with Citra hops from the Pacific Northwest. Citra Single Hop has notes of grapefruit and tangerine, with a mild 5.5% ABV.
15. What Is Enlightenment? (Hill Farmstead)
In honor of its second anniversary, Hill Farmstead Brewing Co. created this American pale ale hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Orange and citrus scents define this mild bodied beer with a 5.4% ABV. On tap at Black Back Pub, Waterbury. Aroma is a tropical citrus explosion. Taste is dry and tropical. A tasty pale ale.
14. Westvleteren Extra 8 (Sint-Sixtus Abdij)
This Belgian strong ale has a dark-brown pour and a thick head. It’s brewed in Westvleteren, Belgium by a group of Trappist monks and is sold only at the monastery. Westvleteren Extra 8 has found its type of beer drinker to be a person with a palate of dark fruits, malts, and chocolates, and a strong (8%) percentage of alcohol.
13. Serendipity (New Glarus)
New Glarus Brewing Co. in New Glarus, Wisconsin, calls this brew Serendipity – and with apples, cranberries, and cherries aged in oak with a unique fermentation process, it’s just that. A powerful and unexpected mix of Wisconsin flavors, Serendipity is a fruit ale with a 5.1% ABV.
Severe Drought, we shared the farmer’s horror as Wisconsin’s cherry crop failed! Dan bought what cherries he could. The Apple harvest fared better. Then joy! A grand Wisconsin cranberry harvest. What will Dan brew with Apples, Cranberries, and Cherries? Oh my! You hold the happy accident of Wisconsin’s favorite fruit aged in oak with an almost magical wild fermentation. Serendipity is a wondrous celebration that sparkles your senses and dances across your palate. A kaleidoscope of flavor discovered by accident in a sour ale!
Cheers to the unexpected.
12. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter (Funky Buddha)
Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida, has managed to create a diner-style breakfast in a glass with its Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, which has odors of sticky maple syrup, coffee, and cream. At 6.4% ABV, it finishes tacky, rich, and sweet, leaving behind a unique aftertaste.
11. Grassroots Legitimacy (Hill Farmstead)
India Pale Ale brewed with 2-row malted barley, oats, and citrusy hops from the Pacific Northwest. Dry hopped with Simcoe. Its sessional drinkability belies its true IPA nature.
Hill Farmstead brewers have created an India pale ale which uses citrusy hops from the Pacific Northwest. Grassroots Legitimacy is also made with two-row malted barley and oats and is dry-hopped with Simcoe hops. The IPA pours a hazy golden yellow and is 6.7% ABV.
10. Pliny the Elder (Russian River)
Santa Rosa, California’s Russian River Brewing Co. looked to the history of hops to create Pliny the Elder – the double IPA cousin to Russian River’s triple IPA, Pliny the Younger. Pliny the Elder is a strong and hoppy IPA with an ABV of 8%. It is one of the most popular IPAs around.
9. Raspberry Tart (New Glarus)
This fruit beer from New Glarus Brewing is meant to be served cold in a Champagne flute for optimal raspberry flavor. Oregon shares its crop of berries with New Glarus, which the brewery then ferments in large oak vats. This brew is flavored and is 4% ABV.
8. Everett (Hill Farmstead)
Hill Farmstead Brewing Co. named Everett for the brewers’ grandfather’s brother. This poster was created in his honor and is crafted from American malt barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, and Hill Farmstead’s own yeast. The end result is a complex backbone of chocolate, coffee, and malty sweetness with a 7.2% ABV.
7. PseudoSue (Toppling Goliath)
Despite being named for the largest T-rex fossil ever found, Toppling Goliath created a brew out of Decorah, Iowa, with a fine body and robust aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango, and evergreen. PseudoSue was brewed at 5.8% ABV, but the brewers note that future batches will rise to 7% ABV since translating the beer to a larger 30-barrel system.
6. Gose Gone Wild (Stillwater)
Stillwater Artisanal Ales took Westbrook Brewing’s goes and amped it up to create Gose Gone Wild, a German-style sour wheat ale. The brewers added a massive dose of Citra and Amarillo hops, then fermented it with various strains of Brettanomyces yeast to create a juicy, hoppy flavor with a 4.3% ABV.
5. Zombie Dust (Three Floyds)
Brewers out of Munster, Indiana, from 3 Floyds Brewing Co. have taken citrus hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington State to create this medium-bodied, single-hop American pale ale. At 6.2% ABV, Three Floyds Zombie Dust is golden in hue and but hoppy for an APA.
4. Susan (Hill Farmstead)
The brewers at Hill Farmstead have created yet another beer that tops the list. At 6.2% ABV, Susan is an IPA that holds true to its hoppy tendencies. A perfect pour with a short white head, this beer has a nice blend of grassy and citrus notes.
3. Framboos (3 Fonteinen)
Framboos (or Framboise) is a dark, ruby red lambic-style beer without carbonation. Brewed in Beersel, Belgium, by Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, this beer has no head as well as a 5% ABV, with a strong raspberry flavor.
2. Ann (Hill Farmstead)
The people at Hill Farmstead Brewery have created a complex Saison by aging their Anna beer, a honey Saison, in French oak wine barrels and allowing it to mature in the presence of microflora. The result is a 6.5% ABV, aromatic barrel-aged Saison with hints of honey and citrus that’s true to its Vermont locale.
1. Wisconsin Belgian Red (New Glarus)
Each bottle of this Belgian-style red ale is brewed in Wisconsin with over a pound of Door County cherries. New Glarus Brewing Co. has perfected the balance to deliver a medium-bodied beer that is carbonated and ruby red in color, with an ABV of 4%.