Choosing the "best" beer can be a tough proposition as everyone has their favorite type of brew. One person's beloved pale ale may turn off the palate of a dark stout enthusiast and vice versa. There are many different types of beers and there's sure to be one among the top rated to please you. Get ready to set up a beer flight and start tasting!
1. Power House Porter
A medal winner at the Best of Craft Beer Awards, this delicious rich brown porter is available nationwide. Brewed by Sockeye Brewing in Boise, Idaho, the Power House Porter has also won awards at North American Beer Awards, CANFEST, Great American Beer Festival and the Western Idaho Fair for several years in a row
2. Blood Orange Wit
This Belgian-style fruit beer was a gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival. Created by Refuge Brewery, the second-fastest growing brewery in the state of California, the Blood Orange Wit is their best-selling brew. As the name implies, the beer is made using blood oranges and can be found in California, Arizona and Colorado.
3. Samuel Adams American Kriek
Samuel Adams' American Kriek took the "World's Best Kriek" award at the World Beer Awards. A kriek, or kriek lambic, is a type of dry, sour beer that is made with whole cherries and a secondary fermentation process. More recent versions of krieks have been made with cherry juice. The kriek originates from Belgium. The Samuel Adams version gets high praise as an exceptional example of a kriek lambic.
4. Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb
Paulaner is one of the oldest breweries in Germany and also one of the most popular German beers worldwide. The Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb is a traditional hefeweizen, a wheat beer known for a pale golden color that appears cloudy. Paulaner's hefeweizen receives exceptional marks from German beer lovers.
5. Wanderlust IPA
Wanderlust IPA received the gold medal for American-Style India Pale Ale at the Best of Craft Beer Awards. It has also been honored with a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival and silver and gold medals at the North American Beer Awards. Brewed by Breakside Brewery, a rising star in the Pacific Northwest area, the IPA can be found in several states including Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, Arizona, New York, and more.
6. San Miguel Pale Pilsen
If you're looking for an excellent choice for an Asian beer, consider San Miguel Pale Pilsen from the Philippines. This beer is very popular in its home country and is imported worldwide. It's an award-winning beer that first began production back in 1890. A pilsen is another variation of the pale lager and the name originates from Pilsen, a city in the Bohemia region of Czechoslovakia.
7. Dogfish Head Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout
Judged one of the top five beers by connoisseur site VinePair, this uniquely flavored stout is a treat for lovers of dark beer. Dogfish Head beers can be found nationwide in 30 different states and they can ship to local distributors by special order as well. The brewery is based in Milton, Delaware.
8. Alaskan Heritage Brown Coffee Ale
Beers made with coffee are a fairly new entry in the microbrew world and Alaskan Heritage Brown Coffee Ale is a strong contender. The brown ale brewed with coffee receives an overall score of 83 on the Tenemu review site for the modern craft beer industry. Alaskan Beer can be found in 20 states across the western and mid-western regions of the U.S.
9. Corona Extra
Corona Extra is the top-selling imported beer in the United States. Like best-selling homegrown brand Bud Light, Corona Extra isn't likely to garner high reviews from specialty beer enthusiasts, but it's clearly a favorite among U.S. beer drinkers, especially in the summertime with a wedge of lime.