There are a lot of ‘Top Beers’ lists out there, but none of them are written by me.
Here are the beers that I discovered, Columbus-style, and loved in 2014.
Data via Untappd.
In no particular order…
Stone’s Coffee Milk Stout
I rated this beer higher than the avg Untappd user, but I’m smarter than average.
Great Lakes Blackout Stout
People have been going crazy for their Christmas Ale, but I think this is better.
If you can find this on tap, drink it!
Brouwerij St. Bernardus Christmas Ale
I had this over Thanksgiving, but it tasted just fine to me.
Tasted just fine from the bottle, but I’d love to try this one from the source!
Terrapin’s So Fresh & So Green, Green (2014)
IPA’s are one of my favorite styles, and this one doesn’t disappoint!
This may change as it’s an annual brew, and I reckon the recipe changes. But Terrapin is a very solid brewery.
Brasserie St-Feuillien Tripel
This one didn’t dissapoint, and it’s less than 9% ABV, so you can have an ‘extra’ one 🙂
Great Divide’s Fresh Hop (2014)
Loved my time at their brewery this past February, and look forward to having this on-site again in February.
Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Another awesome dark beer from the folks you probably know for their IPAs…
This was a surprise gift from an Oracle-Twitter friend who delivered it to me at Open World this fall. Thanks Illmar!
This beer was free, courtesy of Alex and the great folks at Pythian. Thanks for the great blogger party at Open World!
Straffe Hendrik Bruges Tripel Bier 9°
I’m still thinking about this beer, for two reasons. One, I paid $12 for it, and two, it was awesome.
Sound’s Humulo Nimbus
I had a hard, hard time finding a decent beer in Seattle. That epic quest ended when I ran into the Humulo.
Ballast Point’s Sculpin
This beer was my favorite find of 2014. I had 9 check-ins – all on tap. I’ve heard it’s disappointing in the bottle, but I wouldn’t know 🙂
SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE!!!
Almost forgot about this beauty.
Røyk Uten Ild (Smoke Without Fire) by HaandBryggeriet
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Untappd offers an API, but not for free. So I had to manually’ish add this data in..
Definitively a tasteful man !
“Santé ! ” from Belgium 😉
Sadly, I have not tried any of these. However they are now on the beeradar.
Good list, I will have to check some of these out, especially the IPAs. I noticed the Hell or High Watermelon in your Untappd list above…what did you think? For me, it was the second worst beer I’ve ever tasted, after Bell’s Oarsman.
If you get a chance, you should give some Minnesota craft brews a try 🙂
I liked the idea of it. It wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t meet my expectations of a great summer beer.
The only reason I had the Hell or High…on that screenshot was I was looking for beers of at least an ABV of 5% that were light and drinkable – had to drink 4 in quick succession for our Beer Mile challenge at the gym.