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Zymurgy’s ‘Best Beers in America’ survey for 2011

July 09, 2011 By: jeff Category: Beer in the news, Craft beer, Opinion

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The cover of the latest Zymurgy magazine

It’s a glorious day when the latest issue of Zymurgy arrives in my mailbox.

This is the magazine that the American Homebrewers Association puts out six times a year.  Obviously one benefit of being an AHA member is a subscription to the magazine.

This issue had the results of their 9th annual survey where they ask members to rank everything from your 20 favorite beers to top imports.

Apparently, they received a record 3,259 votes for over 1,300 beers from over 430 breweries.  I’m always too lazy to vote but find it interesting to see where people rank their favorites.

The five top-ranked beers were:

1. Russian River Pliney the Elder (for the third year in a row)

2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (the mag also had a clone recipe for this.  Grant?)

3. (tie) Dogfish Head’s 90 minute IPA

3. (tie) Founders’ Breakfast Stout

5. Bell’s Hopslam

These guys were so infatuated with Pliney the Elder they decided to write a song about the beer. Check it out:

Sadly, I’ve yet to try the Breakfast Stout or Hopslam. Grant was kind enough to share some of his Two Hearted Ale the other night from a recent trip north.

For a complete list of the survey rankings, click here.

How does this list compare to your favorites?  Leave us a comment.