Best Craft Beer of 2010?

Happy New Beer 2010We are asking you, What was the Best Craft Beer of 2010? We have 60 beers listed below, some suggested by and some nominated by you, the readers. We know this may be hard to pick, but give it your best try. You have until January 14, 2011 5PM PST to cast your vote. IF YOUR CHOICE IS NOT LISTED, YOU CAN WRITE IN A VOTE USING OUR COMMENT SECTION BELOW THE POLL.

With new breweries popping up and established ones pumping out new hits, we wind up being able to try a new beer practically every week. I can confidently say, it’s a great time to be a craft beer drinker. If you haven’t heard of some of these beers, do a quick search in our Search Box above, or look for them on Google. There are even beers on this list we haven’t tried…..yet.

The Rules

  • Choose 1 of the 60 Craft Beers of 2010 from the list. OR
  • Write in a vote using our comment feature below, writing in a vote for a beer that made it’s debut to the market in 2010
  • Avid fans and breweries may promote their choice on Twitter, Facebook and at their local brewery tasting rooms.
  • Don’t complain or cheat, have fun.

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Best Craft Beer of 2010?

  • Bootlegger's Knuckle Sandwich DIPA (17%, 879 Votes)
  • Abita Save Our Shores (16%, 823 Votes)
  • The Bruery Oude Tart (11%, 584 Votes)
  • Peace Tree Double IPA (7%, 361 Votes)
  • Lukcy Basartd Ale (5%, 282 Votes)
  • Kern River Citra DIPA (5%, 268 Votes)
  • Oskar Blues GUBNA (4%, 218 Votes)
  • Dogfish Head Bitches Brew (4%, 195 Votes)
  • Stone/Dogfish/Victory Saison Du BUFF (3%, 133 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Black Barelywine (2%, 114 Votes)
  • Lagunitas Lil Sumpin' Wild Ale (2%, 113 Votes)
  • Wild Heaven Craft Beers Ode To Mercy (2%, 108 Votes)
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Rare (2%, 89 Votes)
  • Firestone 14 (1%, 72 Votes)
  • Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA (1%, 68 Votes)
  • Surly Wet (1%, 68 Votes)
  • Green Flash Silva Stout (1%, 63 Votes)
  • Deschutes Hop in the Dark (1%, 54 Votes)
  • Sierra Nevada Tumbler (1%, 52 Votes)
  • Odonata Saison (1%, 49 Votes)
  • Lost Abbey Framboise de Amorosa (1%, 45 Votes)
  • Founder's Nemesis 2010 (1%, 37 Votes)
  • Foothill's Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate (1%, 31 Votes)
  • Three Floyds/Dogfish Poppaskull (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Clown Shoes Beer Pecan Pie Porter (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Cigar City White Oak Jai Alai (1%, 29 Votes)
  • Founder's Black Biscuit (1%, 28 Votes)
  • Alesmith Decadence 2010 Old Ale (1%, 28 Votes)
  • Bell's 25 Anniversary Ale (1%, 28 Votes)
  • New England Gandhi-Bot Double IPA (0%, 26 Votes)
  • Eagle Rock Red Velvet (0%, 25 Votes)
  • Lost Abbey Deliverance (0%, 24 Votes)
  • Flying Fish Exit 13 (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Pretty Things Once Upon a Time, November 15th, 1901, KK (0%, 23 Votes)
  • Olde Hickory Death by Hops (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Cigar City Zhukov’s Final Push (0%, 20 Votes)
  • Sweetwater Border Hopper (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Ommegang Zuur (0%, 19 Votes)
  • Hangar 24 Double IPA (0%, 18 Votes)
  • New Glarus R & D Kriek (0%, 17 Votes)
  • Short’s The Liberator (0%, 15 Votes)
  • Mikkeller 1000 IBU (0%, 12 Votes)
  • Jackie-Os Oil of Aphrodite (0%, 11 Votes)
  • Avery Quinquepartite (0%, 10 Votes)
  • Karl Strauss Parrot in a Palm Tree (0%, 9 Votes)
  • Grand Teton Black Trout (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Troegs Splinter Black (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Avery Rumpkin (0%, 8 Votes)
  • Peak Organic Fall Summit (0%, 7 Votes)
  • BrewDog End of History (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Allagash Victor Francenstein (0%, 7 Votes)
  • Speakeasy The Don (0%, 6 Votes)
  • Upright Brewing - Untitled, Clash Inspired Beer (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Moylan's Nor Cal IPA (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager (0%, 5 Votes)
  • Upland Dantalion Dark Wild Ale (0%, 4 Votes)
  • Maui Brewing Mana Wheat (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Sprecher Dubbel (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Iron Hill Winter Wheat Wine-Oh! (0%, 3 Votes)
  • Brouwerij West 5 Belgian Style Blond (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,206

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  1. Thomas Ham says

    Oskaar, the issue with Oude Tart, is not many people have tried it. It was such a limited run. Knuckle Sandwich has been making it’s way all over the US in trades lately.

  2. Lloyd Fox says

    How do you know it’s The Bruery Oude Tart…….because it’s a sour in an IPA storm and still holding its own!

  3. ali says

    Looks like a dark horse came up~ the sos came out of nowhere. Its been bootleggers and bruery. I think the abita sos people are cheating. Something smells fishy.

  4. Doug Allen says

    Abita SOS, hand down. Abita Restoration Ale is highly underrated for those who haven’t tried it as well!

  5. Mike Beersnob Sauer says

    Just picked up a bottle of SOS due to it’s popularity on this site. Can’t wait, my favorite Pilsner I had this year was My Anotnia, but I don’t think that’s a 2010 beer.

    Anyhow…I voted Cigar City – Jai Lai, mainly because I’m from Florida and I gotta support my state.

    Love the Lucky Basterd too! Wish they made it every year!!

  6. Shawn says

    Abita Save our Shores

    A portion of the sales goes to help w/ the Deep Horizon oil spill clean-up.

    Abita did the same the with Restoration Ale after Katrina.

    Great beer w/ a philanthropic edge….

  7. Mark Zuck says

    Give Peace Tree Brewing Co. a try. Nestled in the center of Iowa, these folks really know how to brew some outstanding craft beers. The Double IPA is outstanding. The kind of craft beer that when you have your first taste, you wonder if you will ever find another flavor that will excite your tastebuds the way that this beer does.
    Nice work Peace Tree!!

  8. Fred Karm says

    Best craft beer for 2010 – Hoppin’ Frog BORIS The Crusher, Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout

  9. PeTor says

    Shorts Anniversary Ale (2010, if that’s not obvious)
    Hoppy Wheat Wine with blood orange juice/zest and green peppercorns was the most impressive beer I had this year (Founder’s Looking Glass and some other very fresh hoppy beers being the numerous runners up).
    It managed to be bold and innovative, but still tastes like beer and possesses enough subtlety to please the discerning, sipping beer nerd. Or at least that’s what I thought.

    If only I had the pleasure of having more of the contestants…

  10. Joe says

    Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA. The hops punch you right in the face but has just enough maltiness to balance it off.

  11. Drew says

    Cigar City’s Batch 69 Cream Ale. Best IPA I had all year that wasn’t even an IPA. Great stuff.

  12. says

    Before I state my vote, let me just say this: I *hate* barley wine. It just never sits well with me. Doesn’t go with my palate.

    That said; I would have never tried Founder’s Nemesis 2010 had I known beforehand that it was a barley wine.

    HOLY FLYING COW DUNG. I thought it was a stout. Albeit, the most amazing stout I’ve ever tried, but a stout nonetheless. Boy was I surprised!

    That’s my vote. Hands down.

  13. Andrew says

    I got this link from DFH on Twitter.
    I was looking for Hunahpu… couldn’t find it
    We don’t even get “the Bruery” here in Minnesota but I got my hands on the Oude Tart. That is the finest flanders style beer from the US, hands down, It even rivals and destroys most that originated from the Flanders region in Belgium. La Folie and Dissident barely hold a match to it. I would say Red Poppy gives it a run for the money but they haven’t brewed it for 2 years. Give up the California/Bruery bashing.
    I definately would have voted for BCBCS/Hunahpu or a few other beers that aren’t on the list over Oude Tart, but glancing over the list, that is the one that sticks out the most to me.

  14. says

    My two choices aren’t on there.
    Southern Tier’s Double IPA
    Breckenridge’s 451.

    I’m sad to say this list is so West Coast biased I have only had two of the beers on the list and one of them wasn’t that special. So, I’m going to vote for the other one, which was. To Zuur, with love.

  15. Obstreperon says

    New Glarus R & D Gueuze.
    Brewed by:
    New Glarus Brewing Company
    Wisconsin, United States

    Style | ABV
    American Wild Ale | 6.20% ABV

    Limited (brewed once). Serving types had: bottle (58).

    1,900 bottles
    Brewed March 24, 2009
    Bottled August 6, 2010

    Brewed in the tradition of the Lambics of Belgium but using a blend of Ale Yeast, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, and Acetobacter. These microorganisms came from our culture collection as well as many collected by Dan around the wilds of Wisconsin! Fermented and aged in Oak. This beer spent the summer of 2009 aging outdoors in used oak barrels, then bottle fermented.

  16. John says

    Jason: I agree, no point in voting when The Bruery or one of their pretentious fans are going to cheat to win. Their beers are overrated. Half the beers on the list are better than theirs!!! My vote is for Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

  17. Jason says

    Found this link on facebook. Website wouldn’t load properly to let me vote, however, due to that, I did notice from the few minutes of trying to reload the website that The Bruery jumped probably over 30pts to be in first place. Obviously,at almost 230am, highly doubt people are voting in masses in a few minutes time frame. Decided this poll is obviously rigged and not worth voting on.

  18. Seahandler says

    Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits
    San Salvador Farmhouse Ale (Saison Inspired)

    Here’s Ballast Point’s description of the beer:
    The idea started as a San Diego Farmhouse Ale using local ingredients. We wondered what the Kumeyaay Indian’s were eating when Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo climbed out of his flagship boat, the San Salvador, and onto the shore of Ballast Point in 1542. Also, what might have Cabrillo stocked on his boat before he left Acapulco (then called Navidad) 3 1/2 months earlier? So with some research we tracked down a fun mix of ingredients for a Belgian inspired San Diego indigenous Ale.

    With some help from our friends at The Linkery, North Park Native Plants and Wingshadow’s Farm we were able to track down ingredients like corn, pine nuts, agave, elder flower, white sage, manzanita berries, curacao and local sage honey. The malt bill consisted of Belgian pale malt, caramunich, biscuit, wheat and corn. The result is a 7.5% ABV, brown beer that really has to be tasted to be understood. It tastes like the San Diego countryside.

  19. says

    Foggy Noggin Brewing (Bothell,WA) should be on the list. Opened March 2010 with 2 flagship beers – Bit O’Beaver (English Bitter) and Christmas Duck (Porter). Already received Best Nano-brewery award. Traditional English Ales on small 1/2 BBL batches.

  20. JohnEFresh says

    Write in vote:
    Marin Brewing Indian Summer IPA

    I realize not a widely distributed beer. It was a beauty!

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