2017 Best Beers in America Results

Each year we ask Zymurgy magazine readers to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States.

We’ve tallied the votes, and here are the results for the 2017 Best Beers in America survey including Top Ranked Beers, Top Breweries, Best Porfolio and Top Imports. You can also check out the Best Beers in America results broken down by individual state.

Note: ‘T’ indicates a tie, and hyperlinked beers include a clone homebrew recipe.

Top-Ranked Beers

  • 1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
  • 2. Russian River Pliny the Elder
  • 3. Founders Breakfast Stout
  • 4. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
  • 5. Bell’s Hopslam
  • T6. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
  • T6. The Alchemist Heady Topper
  • T8. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • T8. Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • 10. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  • T11. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
  • T11. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • T13. Founders All Day IPA
  • T13. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine
  • 15. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
  • 16. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
  • 17. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • 18. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
  • T19. Lagunitas IPA
  • T19. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  • T19. Stone IPA
  • T22. Tree House Julius
  • T22. Odell IPA
  • T22. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
  • T22. Toppling Goliath pseudoSue
  • 26. Fat Head’s Hop Juju
  • T27. Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA
  • T27. Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • T27. Melvin 2×4 DIPA
  • T27. New Belgium La Folie
  • T27. Odell 90 Shilling
  • T27. Russian River Pliny the Younger
  • T27. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
  • T27. The Alchemist Focal Banger
  • T27. Tröegs Nugget Nectar
  • T27. Founders Backwoods Bastard
  • T27. Oskar Blues Ten FIDY
  • T38. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  • T38. Deschutes The Abyss
  • T38. North Coast Old Rasputin
  • T38. Arrogant Bastard Ale
  • T38. Stone Enjoy By IPA
  • T43. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
  • T43. New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red
  • T43. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale
  • T43. Russian River Consecration
  • T47. Wicked Weed Pernicious
  • T47. Firestone Walker Union Jack
  • T47. New Holland Dragon’s Milk
  • T47. Oskar Blues Old Chub
  • T47. Three Floyds Alpha King

Top Breweries

  • 1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Comstock, Mich.
  • 2. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • 3. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
  • 4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
  • 5. Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif., Richmond, Va., and Berlin, Germany
  • 6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
  • 7. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
  • 8. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
  • 9. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
  • 10. Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, Calif.
  • 11. Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
  • 12. Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, Ind.
  • 13. Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Mo.
  • 14. Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo., Brevard, N.C., and Austin, Texas
  • 15. New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, Wis.
  • T16. New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo. and Asheville, N.C.
  • T16. The Alchemist, Waterbury and Stowe, Vt.
  • 18. Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.
  • 19. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio
  • T20. Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Fla.
  • T20. Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, Colo.
  • T20. Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.
  • 23. Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa.
  • 24. Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, Minn.
  • T25. Fat Head’s Brewery, Cleveland, Ohio, and Portland, Ore.
  • T25. Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, Ill.

Top Imports

  • 1. Unibroue La Fin Du Monde (Canada)
  • 2. Duvel (Belgium)
  • T3. Orval (Belgium)
  • T3. Saison Dupont (Belgium)
  • T3. Rodenbach Grand Cru (Belgium)
  • T3. St. Bernardus Abt 12 (Belgium)
  • T7. Chimay Cinq Cents (White) (Belgium)
  • T7. Duchesse De Bourgogne (Belgium)
  • T7. Westvleteren 12 (Belgium)
  • T7. Paulaner Oktoberfest (Germany)
  • T7. Schneider Aventinus (Germany)
  • T7. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast (Denmark)
  • T7. Epic Hop Zombie (New Zealand)

Best Portfolio

  • 1. Stone Brewing (31 beers)
  • 2. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (27 beers)
  • 3. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (25 beers)
  • 4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (24 beers)
  • T5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (22 beers)
  • T5. Lagunitas Brewing Company (22 beers)
  • T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (21 beers)
  • T7. Founders Brewing Co. (21 beers)
  • 9. Avery Brewing Co. (19 beers)
  • T10. New Glarus Brewing Co. (18 beers)
  • T10. Odell Brewing Co. (18 beers)

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