Zymurgy‘s 2015 Best Beers in America Results

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Zymurgy Magazine Best Beers in America

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 2015 Best Beers in America survey, including Top Ranked Beers, Top Breweries, Best Porfolio and Top Imports.

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

Top Ranked Beers

Beer Location
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder Santa Rosa, CA
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Kalamazoo, MI
3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA San Diego, CA
4. Stone Enjoy By IPA Escondido, CA
5. Founders Breakfast Stout Grand Rapids, MI
6. The Alchemist Heady Topper Waterbury, VT
7. Bell’s Hopslam Ale Kalamazoo, MI
8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust Munster, IN
9. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA Milton, DE
10. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Paso Robles, CA
11. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA Bend, OR
T12. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro Longmont, CO
T12. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
T12. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
15. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Chicago, IL
16. Russian River Blind Pig I.P.A. Santa Rosa, CA
T17. Arrogant Bastard Ale Escondido, CA
T17. Founders KBS Grand Rapids, MI
T19. Russian River Consecration Santa Rosa, CA
T19. Russian River Supplication Santa Rosa, CA
21. Deschutes Black Butte Porter Bend, OR
T22. Firestone Walker Parabola Paso Robles, CA
T22. Firestone Walker Union Jack Paso Robles, CA
T24. Firestone Walker Double Jack Paso Robles, CA
T24. Odell IPA Fort Collins, CO
T24. Tröegs Nugget Nectar Hershey, PA
27. Founders All Day IPA Grand Rapids, MI
T28. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Milton, DE
T28. Sierra Nevada Celebration Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
30. Lagunitas IPA Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
31. North Coast Old Rasputin Fort Bragg, CA
32. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
T33. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin San Diego, CA
T33. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale Kansas City, MO
35. Surly Furious Minneapolis, MN
36. Stone Ruination IPA Escondido, CA
37. Deschutes The Abyss Bend, OR
38. Green Flash West Coast IPA San Diego, CA
39. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Longmont, CO
40. Cigar City Jai Alai Tampa, FL
T41. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter Cleveland, OH
T41. New Belgium La Folie Fort Collins, CO
43. Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale Longmont, CO
44. Founders Backwoods Bastard Grand Rapids, MI
T45. Victory DirtWolf Double IPA Downington, PA
T45. Fat Head’s Head Hunter North Olmsted, OH
T45. Lagunitas Sucks Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
T45. Stone IPA Escondido, CA
T49. Odell Myrcenary Fort Collins, CO
T49. Russian River Pliny the Younger Santa Rosa, CA
T49. Ballast Point Victory at Sea San Diego, CA

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Brewery Rankings

  Brewery Location
1. Russian River Brewing Co. Santa Rosa, CA
2. Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, CA
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
4. Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI
5. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles, CA
6. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
7. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton, DE
8. Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
9. Ballast Point Brewing San Diego, CA
10. Deschutes Brewery Bend, OR
11.  New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO
12.  Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO
13.  Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins, CO
14.  Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster, IN
15.  Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont, CO
16.  Goose Island Beer Co. Chicago, IL
17.  New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus, WI
18.  Surly Brewing Co. Minneapolis, MN
19.  Tröegs Brewing Co. Hershey, PA
20.  The Bruery Placentia, CA
21.  Green Flash Brewing Co. San Diego, CA
22. The Boston Beer Co. Boston, MA
T23. Great Divide Brewing Co. Denver, CO
T23. Cigar City Brewing Tampa, FL
T25. Victory Brewing Co. Downington, PA

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Best Portfolio

 Brewery Portfolio 
1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 60 Beers
2.  Stone Brewing Co. 54 Beers
3.  Bell’s Brewery, Inc. 52 Beers
4.  New Belgium Brewing 47 Beers
5.  Avery Brewing Co. 39 Beers
T6.  Goose Island Beer Co. 37 Beers
T6.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 37 Beers
T8.  Firestone Walker Brewing Co. 35 Beers
T8. The Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams) 35 Beers
T8. The Bruery 35 Beers

Best Beers in America

Top Imports

Beer  Country 
1.  Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Canada
2.  St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgium
3.  Rodenbach Grand Cru Belgium
4.  Guinness Draught Ireland
5.  Saison Dupont Belgium
T6.  Orval Belgium
T6.  Chimay Grande Reserve/Blue Label Belgium
Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout England
T9.  Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Germany
T9. Cantillon Gueuze Belgium
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