YBN’s TOP 20 (19) BREWS x 2 :: Summer/Fall 2012

by Harvey Gold - Dave Daugherty on August 8, 2012

Sorry this took so long! We’ve been posting a lot of interesting stuff from a bunch of interesting people about interesting places, and great brews, while digging in, drinking away, and continuing to sacrifice ourselves for you guys & gals. So it’s not like we’ve been totally remiss. But here it is!

As you know, our premise is to recommend and have you always get a better idea of what we like, so you can hide from a beer one of us loves, and buy stock in another.

Now we originally touted a Top 19 x 2, which it is, but we felt compelled, after all this time, to add a list of honorable mentions. Some of these were originally on the list, some have, time tested, turned out to be just great, solid, drinking beers, while others have thrilled.


This DOES NOT supplant our original TOP 20 LIST…they are fabulous beers. Here are 19×2 more, not in order of preference, but alphabetically by brewery:

Harv’s Top 19 

Beer Brewery
Maharaja Imperial IPA Avery
Pub Ale 16 oz nitro can & draft Boddingtons
Cherry Stout Bells
Local 1 Brooklyn Brewing
Local 2 Brooklyn Brewing
Palo Santo Marron Dogfish Head
KBS Founders
Cerise Founders
Barrel Aged Blackout Stout Great Lakes Brewing
Edmund Fitzgerald Great Lakes Brewing
Mean Manalishi Double IPA Hoppin’ Frog
Belgian Style Double IPA Hoppin’ Frog
Milk Stout Left Hand Brewery
Diabolical IPA North PeakBrewing
Tripel Rockmill Brewing
Imperial Series Wee Heavy Sam Adams
Oak Smoke Doppelbock Schlenkerla
Tripel Ter Dolen
Nelson Imperial IPA Widmer Brothers

Dave’s Top 19 

Beer Brewery
Pecan Harvest Ale Abita Brewing
Raj IPA Four Peaks Brewing
Barrel Roll #3 – Pugachev’s Cobra Hangar 24
Double IPA Hangar 24
Messiah Bold He’Brew
Calabaza Blanca Jolly Pumpkin
Wailua Wheat Beer Kona Brewing
Snow Day Winter Ale New Belgium
Snow Cap Pyramid
Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale Rogue
Chocolate Bock Sam Adams
Oak Smoke Doppelbock Schlenkerla
Urbock 23° Schloss Eggenberg
Smoked Porter Stone Brewing
Arrogant Bastartd Ale (Oaked) Stone Brewing
Cherry Chocolate Stout Stone Brewing
Saison Du Buff Stone, Dogfish Head, Victory
17th Anniversary Barleywine Uinta
Rotator IPA: O’Ryely IPA Widmer Brothers

Harv’s Honorable Mentions

Beer Brewery
471 Small Batch Breckenridge
Backwoods Bastard Founders
Peeper Ale Maine Beer Company
1554 Enlightened Black Ale New Belgium
Ranger IPA New Belgium
Vicious Wheat IPA North PeakBrewing
#29 Ghidora Double IPA Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
#16 Juniper Black Ale Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Hop Strike Black Rye IPA Tommyknocker
Back in Black 21st Amendment
Hop Wallop Victory Brewing

Dave’s Honorable Mentions

Beer Brewery
Alaskan Winter White Alaskan Brewing Co.
Demo IPA Magic Hat
Shiner Bohemian Black Lager Shiner/Spoetzl
Tumbler (2011) Sierra Nevada

What are YOUR faves as we head out of the All-Star break? Let’s see your list in comments, or e-mail us and we’ll post them here or on the YBN facebook page.

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