The Full Pint brings to you the Craft Beer Power Rankings for the fourth week of April. We attempt to rank the top five beers based on influences from a number of factors including, but not limited to social media platforms, Rate Beer, BeerAdvocate, etc. Here we go!
5. Lagunitas Waldo’s Special Ale – Lagunitas plays by their own rules. One of those rules was to release a monstrously dank IPA around everyone’s favorite weed holiday, 4/20. Bars around the country who have access to Lagunitas were given the opportunity to pour this beer, and it was universally loved by hopheads far and wide.
4. Sierra Nevada Summerfest IN CANS – Sierra Nevada isn’t known as one of the founding fathers of craft cans, but they are quality control pioneers. If you like the refreshing Summerfest Lager, you’ll love the “mini kegs” they just announced this week.
3. The Bruery Chocolate Rain – Reserve Society Members have begun picking up their Chocolate Rain allocations, and while there are more bottles on the street than ever before, trade offers and requests are peaking for this near 20% strong stout. Also when these types of vintages come out, the demand for older vintages become higher.
2. 3 Floyds Dark Lord 2013 – We are only 2 days away from the brewery only release of Three Floyds Dark Lord Imperial Russian Stout. Folks attending are lining up trades already, and folks who can’t attend DarkLord Day are doing whatever needs to be done to firm up a pre-trade.
1. Founders Doom – I think all Founders has to do is make a beer over 8% now and people go bananas. Their latest Backstage Series Beer, which is a bourbon barrel aged Double IPA is on the top of everyones list. While I personally don’t understand aged IPAs, this beer has excellent marks on both BA and RB.