Zymurgy’s 2014 Best Beers in America

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Each year we ask Zymurgy readers to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States. We tallied the votes, and here are the results for the 2014 Best Beers in America survey.

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Top-Ranked Beers

For the sixth consecutive year, Russian River Brewing Company took the top-ranked beer title for their double IPA, Pliny the Elder. Want to brew a world class IPA like Pliny? Russian River Co-Founder and Brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo shared five tips for brewing better IPAs!

(T indicates tie)

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder

2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

4. Bell’s Hopslam

5. The Alchemist Heady Topper

6. Lagunitas Sucks

7. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

8. Stone Enjoy By IPA

9. Founders Breakfast Stout

10. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

11. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout

12. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

13. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

14. Three Floyds Zombie Dust

T15. Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin

T15. Sierra Nevada Celebration

17. Firestone Walker Double Jack

T18. Firestone Walker Union Jack

T18. Arrogant Bastard Ale

20. Sierra Nevada Torpedo

21. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye

22. Russian River Blind Pig IPA

T23. Deschutes Black Butte Porter

T23. North Coast Old Rasputin

25. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

26. Stone Ruination IPA

27. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

28. Russian River Pliny the Younger

29. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro

30. Russian River Supplication

31. Green Flash West Coast IPA

32. Surly Furious

33. New Belgium La Folie

T34. Founders All Day IPA

T34. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

36. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale

37. Stone IPA

38. Lagunitas IPA

T39. Russian River Consecration

T39. Troegs Nugget Nectar

41. Deschutes The Abyss

42. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA

43. Bear Republic Racer 5

44. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy

45. Surly Abrasive

46. New Belgium Ranger

T47. Ommegang Three Philosophers

T47. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald

T49. Founders Backwoods Bastard

T49. Odell IPA

Brewery Rankings

1. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.

2. Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.

3. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.

4. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.

5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.

6. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.

7. Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.

8. Lagunitas Brewing Co., Petaluma, Calif.

9. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

10. New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.

11. Three Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, Ind.

12. Goose Island Beer Co., Chicago, Ill.

13. Ballast Point Brewing Co., San Diego, Calif.

14. Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.

15. Boston Beer Co., Boston, Mass.

16. Boulevard Brewing Co., Kansas City, Mo.

17. Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.

18. New Glarus Brewing Co., New Glarus, Wis.

19. Victory Brewing Co., Downingtown, Pa.

20. Avery Brewing Co., Boulder, Colo.

21. Surly Brewing Co., Minneapolis, Minn.

22. Great Divide Brewing Co., Denver, Colo.

23. Great Lakes Brewing Co., Cleveland, Ohio

24. The Bruery, Placentia, Calif.

25. Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo.

Top Imports

1. Unibroue La Fin du Monde (Canada)

2. Guinness Draught (Ireland)

3. St. Bernardus Abt 12 (Belgium)

4. Westvleteren XII (Belgium)

T5. Rodenbach Grand Cru (Belgium)

T5. Duvel (Belgium)

T7. Weihenstephen Heffeweissbier (Germany)

T7. Rochefort 10 (Belgium)

9. Chimay Grande Reserve/Blue Label (Belgium)

10. Duchesse de Bourgogne (Belgium)

Best Portfolio

(T indicates tie)

1. New Belgium Brewing Co. | 60 beers

2. Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams) | 53

3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | 49

4. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery | 48

5. Stone Brewing Co. | 46

T6. Bell’s Brewery | 41

T6. Short’s Brewing Co. | 41

8. Deschutes Brewery | 40

9. The Bruery | 38

T10. Avery Brewing Co. | 37

T10. Boulevard Brewing Co. | 37

T10. Goose Island Beer Co. | 37

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