Vote For The Best Craft Beer Of 2009

| December 28, 2009 | Comments (58)

It’s been a wonderful journey this year with tons of great craft beer from all over the country. We have listed 40 craft beers that were available in bottle starting 2009, and we’d like you to pick the best one.  This should be a close one, with so many stellar brews to pick from.

YOU CAN WRITE IN A VOTE for a beer not listed. Voting ends January 22nd at 8PM Eastern Time. Please have fun and please no cheating.

Best Craft Beer of 2009

  • Saint Arnold DR 9 (20%, 683 Votes)
  • Victory Yakima Twilight (18%, 623 Votes)
  • Stone/Maui/Ken Schmidt/Aloha Plenty (5%, 183 Votes)
  • Heavy Seas DIPA (5%, 176 Votes)
  • Deschutes Black Butte XXI (5%, 161 Votes)
  • Full Sail Session Black (4%, 128 Votes)
  • SweetWater Dank Tank Big Ol Belgian Blue Balls (3%, 117 Votes)
  • Cigar City 110k +OT Batch 2 - I.R.I.S. (3%, 116 Votes)
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Extra Ale (3%, 99 Votes)
  • Russian River Consecration (3%, 97 Votes)
  • The Bruery Black Tuesday (3%, 88 Votes)
  • 21st Amendment Monk's Blood (2%, 82 Votes)
  • Terrapin Side Project Monks Revenge Double IPA (2%, 72 Votes)
  • Avery duganA IPA (2%, 69 Votes)
  • Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2%, 59 Votes)
  • Odell Woodcut No. 3 (2%, 58 Votes)
  • Iron Hill Honey Do Wit (2%, 55 Votes)
  • Dogfish Head Sahtea (1%, 49 Votes)
  • Flying Fish Exit 1 Bayshore Oyster Stout (1%, 47 Votes)
  • Great Divide 15th Anniversary Oak Aged IIPA (1%, 44 Votes)
  • Troegs Flying Mouflan (1%, 44 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis (1%, 43 Votes)
  • Southern Tier Iniquity Black IPA (1%, 40 Votes)
  • Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils (1%, 35 Votes)
  • Alaskan White Ale (1%, 34 Votes)
  • Firestone Walker 13 (1%, 33 Votes)
  • BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin (1%, 20 Votes)
  • Grand Teton Pursuit of Hoppiness (1%, 18 Votes)
  • DeProef Van TWee Collaboration with Bells (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Allagash Gargamel (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Boulevard Harvest Dance Wheat Wine (0%, 16 Votes)
  • Samuel Adams Long Shot Double IPA (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA (0%, 13 Votes)
  • Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Ballast Point Brandy Barrel Aged Navigator (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Nectar Ales Black Xantus (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Otter Creek Quercus Vittis Humulus (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Green Flash Fizzy Yellow Beer (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Bootlegger's Mint Chocolate Porter (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Midnight Sun Big Slick (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,405

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58 Responses to “Vote For The Best Craft Beer Of 2009”

  1. Kern River Just Outstanding IPA

    January 21, 2010 at 8:21 am
  2. Kurt #

    Brooklyn Black Ops and Ballast point Sculpin

    January 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm
  3. Paul Gibson #

    Pliny the Elder was a highlight of 2009.

    January 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm
  4. Malteaser #

    Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

    January 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm
  5. The best I had in ’09 was Pugsley’s Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin, from Shipyard Brewing Company. I waited a long time for it, and it was well worth the wait. I stocked up before it went away. But no doubt it will be back next year.

    January 17, 2010 at 8:48 am
  6. One of the most interesting in 2009 was Bruery Berliner Weisse and Terrepin & Left Hand Coffee Milk Stout.. but a pretty comprehensive list though. Some though I think shouldn’t be on there, but every has their own ‘Best’ and everyone is right.

    January 13, 2010 at 8:00 am
  7. Marilyn Candeloro #


    January 10, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  8. Brandon #

    Hair of the Dog Matt and Bourbon Fred from the Wood were beyond anything I’ve experienced last year. I’ll go with Matt since Bourbon Fred hasn’t been bottled yet. Concsecration is up there but not quite on the same level.

    January 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm
  9. mikedashg #

    Bruery, Chocolate Rain, or Black Tuesday.

    January 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm
  10. I vote for the Lost Abbey Avant-garde ale. This have to be one of the best beers that I have ever had!

    January 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm
  11. Ken #

    Any beer that is contrect brewed should be deleteed from this list.

    January 5, 2010 at 5:16 pm
  12. Jelena #

    Terrapin Depth Charge (w/ Left Hand)

    January 5, 2010 at 9:22 am
  13. Leon #

    Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

    January 5, 2010 at 7:27 am
  14. Mike #

    Sorry, didn’t see it on there originally…so I voted.

    January 4, 2010 at 5:19 pm
  15. Mike #

    The comment from Don would be a good write in vote. I agree that Southern Tier’s Iniquity Black Ale is one of the best, or at least should be on the list. I second Iniquity.

    January 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm
  16. Ben C. #

    Deschutes Red Chair IPA! It was delicious and although I am sad to see my favorite brew “Cinder Cone” leaving their seasonal rotation the induction of a NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) modeled after the Red Chair has got my taste buds dancing already.

    January 4, 2010 at 1:54 pm
  17. Don #

    Southern Tier Iniquity. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Extra was a close second.

    January 4, 2010 at 11:08 am
  18. Shep #

    You missed the Midwest’s best brewery completely. Schlafly AIPA for the win.

    January 4, 2010 at 9:48 am
  19. Kelly #

    No real upper midwest breweries on the list:

    My favorite: New Glarus Cran-bic Ale

    January 4, 2010 at 7:25 am
  20. Dennis John Cahill #

    Why has Weyerbacher been excluded from the list..Heresey …or Quad
    OR Blasphemy..or Insanity…or Merry Monks….You gotta give the Easton Pa. Brewery its do..they make some really BIG BEERS and what is the Dogfish Head Beer..I never heard of it or tasted it..hint

    January 4, 2010 at 6:23 am
  21. Dan #

    @Jeremy Pate If you look carefull, you will see Cigar City 110k +OT Batch 2 I.R.I.S. nominated.

    January 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm
  22. Jeremy Pate #

    Cigar City Brewing should be included in this vote, they have some of the most incredible beers I have ever tasted. I nominate the Jai Alai IPA aged on Cedar.

    January 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm
  23. heidi #

    I agree with Curtis…. Left Hand Milk STout Wins!!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm
  24. Bill #

    I’ve had some of these, including DR9, and DR9 is not in the same ballpark as Consecration or Duck Duck Gooze. Saint Arnold has the link to the poll on their Facebook page and are encouraging people to vote, so they are getting a lot of votes for their brew. Most of their followers have never tasted anything on this voting list, other than DR9.

    My choice was Duck Duck Gooze, btw.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm
  25. 21st Amendment Monk’s Blood deserves this hands down. Trust me, vote for it.

    That’s all I’ve got to say about that!

    December 31, 2009 at 8:55 am
  26. Sue #

    Have you tried Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey. It is great ! So smooth and refreshing.

    December 31, 2009 at 5:24 am
  27. Dan #

    You saw the big red letters up in the post. You can write in a vote. Cool huh?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 am
  28. Al #

    What? No Papago Brewing Elsies, Coconut Joe or Oude Zuipers, any of which could be included in this list.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:24 am
  29. I think Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout also deserves some recognition. But of the list above I voted for The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze – to die for! Had it at the 2009 GABF – loved it.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm
  30. Danb #

    Weyerbacher’s Zotten is the best new beer of the year! Can’t believe it was missed. Does this count as my write in vote?

    December 29, 2009 at 5:03 pm
  31. Jason D #

    Shaun O Sullivan of 21A is trying to rally his twitter twits to flood in votes for his crummy Monks Blood.

    December 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm
  32. Like many, most of those beers I have never had, nor have any access too. But of all the ones I have had, and of many others not listed…

    Russian Rivers Consecration takes the cake hands down.

    December 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm
  33. Collin Godkin #

    I vote for Session Black for best craft beer of 2009.

    December 29, 2009 at 11:41 am
  34. Elizabeth B #

    My write in vote is –

    Midnight Project ‘09: Depth Charge by Terrapin and Left Hand Brewing hands down the beer of the year!

    December 29, 2009 at 10:18 am
  35. Saint Arnold DR 9 gets my vote from those I’ve tried, but sad to see no DR 8 on the list.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:46 am
  36. Jonathan #

    I can’t find where to actually vote.

    December 29, 2009 at 9:42 am
  37. After careful consideration, my vote goes to Terrapin Beer Co.’s Side Project #8 Pumpkinfest. While it’s not necessarily a beer I’ll enjoy year round, it was a perfectly-timed one-time release seasonal. Pumpkinfest, in my opinion, is a perfect blend of the pumpkin ale and Oktoberfest varieties. It packs more pumpkin than many other pumpkins, which only rely on pumpkin spice for flavor. At the same time, it’s not as heavy and thick in mouthfeel as a lot of other autumn seasonal thanks to the Oktoberfest half of its split personality, which provides a malty sweetness to complement the pumpkin. Not only did it debut in 2009, but it was only available in 2009, making it the perfect nominee for Best Craft Beer of 2009.

    December 29, 2009 at 8:33 am
  38. Dan #

    New this year and gets my vote:
    Fire Island Beer Co. Red Wagon IPA

    December 29, 2009 at 7:56 am
  39. Bubbamike #

    Terminal Gravity ESG! A damn fine beer!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm
  40. I’d like to know just how many potential voters in this poll can honestly claim to have sampled even one-third of these beers. I refuse to vote because of these beers, I’ve had perhaps ten or fifteen, and maybe only half of those have I had any more than a sip at best. And I live in a particularly beer-rich city. Most of these beers are unobtainable to huge swaths of the American public. So all we’re really looking at here is a popularity contest, high-school-election-for-homecoming-queen style. For gawd’s sake, almost NO ONE in either the States or the UK can claim to have tasted Tactical Nuclear Penguin!

    December 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm
  41. Chumlee #

    Deschutes loaning out the name Twilight name Shows true comitment to the anti-hansen name protection band wagon all the small brewerers were on.

    December 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm
  42. Todd #

    Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgium-IPA.


    December 28, 2009 at 8:05 pm
  43. Curt Dawsey #

    Midnight Project ’09: Depth Charge by Terrapin and Left Hand Brewing. Terrapin’s winter seasonal is Wake and Bake, an incredible coffee oatmeal imperial stout. Left Hand’s Milk Stout is absolutely fabulous. They conceptually blended the two to make an espresso milk stout. Perfect. Fantastic. Incredible. Etc. Perhaps the best beer I’ve ever had. I’ve got 7 bottles left, and there is no more to be found. 7 moments of joy, then loss and happy memories.

    December 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm
  44. Julia #

    I’d vote for The Abyss from Deschutes if it was on the list – best beer I’ve had this year! – but their Black Butte XXI was darn good too, so that got my vote.

    December 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm
  45. I’m with Brad on this one. My vote is for Life & Limb.

    December 28, 2009 at 4:19 pm
  46. Dan #

    @precogpunk Do you have a write in vote or just a complaint?

    December 28, 2009 at 3:03 pm
  47. precogpunk #

    No Surly? WTF?!

    December 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm
  48. The best beer that I drank this year was “Babushka’s Secret” an Imperial Stout by Widmer Brewing, which is only served on tap at the company’s Gasthaus Pub in Portland, Oregon. Simply perfect in every possible way.

    December 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm
  49. Had to go with Black Tuesday. What a frickin beer man.

    December 28, 2009 at 1:21 pm
  50. Dan #

    @Chris Caban

    So was it first bottle and distributed in 2009? Thanks – Dan

    December 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm
  51. Skinny #

    Honey Do Wit! Great on tap, better in a bottle!!

    December 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm
  52. Keith #

    Only 176 people have voted? We need to get the word out, whoever “we” are. I voted for Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA as it was the only beer on the list I’ve had and I really do like it. Wish it was sold at Costco by the case. However, the Ballast Point Brewery is within walking distance of my house and I could just walk there and try there beer.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:37 am
  53. Red Brick 15th Anniversary Ale. Red Brick Brown Ale rested 13 months in a Pappy Van Winkle barrel. Took Gold at 2008 World Beer Cup.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:12 am
  54. Was surprised to see the Sierra Nevada/Dogfish Head collaboration beer Life & Limb didn’t make the cut here.

    December 28, 2009 at 11:08 am
  55. James Stricker #

    My vote is for Odell Woodcut #3. It’s rockin!

    December 28, 2009 at 10:25 am
  56. nrek619 #

    what??? no Ballast Point Sculpin…??? guess I will vote for the
    Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA…..

    December 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

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