Zymurgy’s 2016 Best Beers in America Results

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Zymurgy 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 18,000 votes, and here are the results for the 2016 Best Beers in America survey, including Top Ranked Beers, Top Breweries, Best Porfolio and Top Imports.

Share your favorite commercial beers in the comments below!

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

Top Ranked Beers

 Rank Beer
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3. The Alchemist Heady Topper
4. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
5. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
6. Founders Breakfast Stout
7. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
8. Bell’s Hopslam Ale
9. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
T10. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
T10. Stone Enjoy By IPA
12. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)
13. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
14. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine
15. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
T16. Founders All Day IPA
T16. Sierra Nevada Celebration
18. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
19. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
20. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
21. Arrogant Bastard Ale
22. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
23. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
T24. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
T24. Tröegs Nugget Nectar
26 Firestone Walker Union Jack
T27. Founders Backwoods Bastard
T27. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
T29. Lagunitas IPA
T29. Odell IPA
T29. Russian River Consecration
32. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA
33. Tree House Julius
T34. Ballast Point Victory at Sea
T34. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
T34. Fat Head’s Head Hunter IPA
T34. Firestone Walker Double Jack
38. North Coast Old Rasputin
T39.  Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
T39. Russian River Supplication
T39.  Toppling Goliath pseudoSue
T42. Firestone Walker Parabola
T42. Surly Todd the Axe Man
44. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
45. Russian River Pliny the Younger
T46. Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb!
T46. Surly Furious
T46. Victory DirtWolf Double IPA
49. Maine Beer Lunch
T50. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
T50. New Belgium La Folie

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Brewery Rankings

Rank Brewery Location
1. Russian River Brewing Co. Santa Rosa, CA
2. Founders Brewing Co. Grand Rapids, MI
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Kalamazoo, MI
4. Stone Brewing Co. Escondido, CA
5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, CA & Mills River, NC
6. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Paso Robles, CA
7. Ballast Point Brewing San Diego, CA
8. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Milton, DE
9. Lagunitas Brewing Co. Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
10. Deschutes Brewery Bend, OR
11. Avery Brewing Co. Boulder, CO
12. Three Floyds Brewing Co. Munster, IN
13. New Belgium Brewing Fort Collins, CO & Asheville, NC
14. Goose Island Beer Co. Chicago, IL
15. Surly Brewing Co. Minneapolis, MN
16. Oskar Blues Brewery Longmont, CO
17. The Alchemist Waterbury, VT
T18. Boulevard Brewing Co. Kansas City, MO
T18. Odell Brewing Co. Fort Collins, CO
20. New Glarus Brewing Co. New Glarus, WI
21. Cigar City Brewing Tampa, FL
22. Victory Brewing Co. Downington, PA
23. Left Hand Brewing Co. Longmont, CO
24. Tree House Brewing Monson, MA
25. Tröegs Brewing Co. Hershey, PA

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Best Portfolio

Rank  Brewery Portfolio 
1.  Stone Brewing Co. 67 Beers
T2.  Bell’s Brewery, Inc. 47 Beers
T2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 47 Beers
4. Avery Brewing Co. 42 Beers
5.  New Belgium Brewing 41 Beers
6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 39 Beers
T7. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. 38 Beers
T7. The Bruery 38 Beers
9. Boulevard Brewing Co. 37 Beers
10. Founders Brewing Co. 33 Beers

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Top Imports

Beer  Country 
1.  Unibroue La Fin Du Monde Canada
T2.  St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgium
T2. Guinness Draught Ireland
4. Saison Dupont Belgium
T5. Orval Belgium
T5. Rodenbach Grand Cru Belgium
7.  Chimay Grande Reserve/Blue Label Belgium
8. Duchess De Bourgogne Belgium
9. Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier Germany
10. Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout England
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