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Best Craft Beer of 2010?

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| December 28, 2010 | Comments (146)

Happy New Beer 2010We are asking you, What was the Best Craft Beer of 2010? We have 60 beers listed below, some suggested by TheFullPint.com 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
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  • 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 (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 5,206

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146 Responses to “Best Craft Beer of 2010?”

  1. Barley masher #

    Karbach rodeo clown

    February 2, 2013 at 6:20 am
  2. Hocking Hick #

    Not even close: Founder’s Harvest (Wet-Hopped) Ale.

    2nd: Green Flash’s West Coast IPA

    January 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm
  3. Thomas Ham #

    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.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:39 am
  4. I can’t believe this is even close, Oude Tart rips-ass on the other beers in this poll.

    January 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm
  5. billyb #

    My vote is for Hill Farmstead Brewrey’s Everett (porter)… very good!

    January 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm
  6. linda #

    Abita SOS

    January 15, 2011 at 6:03 am
  7. Lloyd Fox #

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

    January 14, 2011 at 7:52 pm
  8. Courtney #

    Abita SOS

    January 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm
  9. tanya #

    oude tart

    January 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  10. Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich!

    January 14, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  11. It’s a tough one because there’s some great beers but I’d have to say Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich. It’s redefined IPAs. The Gubna is good but it’s way expensive and not as good as the Knuckle. Check out my show on Bootlegger’s Brewery at http://www.beersinparadise.com/?p=2306

    January 14, 2011 at 2:41 pm
  12. Shane #

    Stone/DFH/Victory–Saison du Buff. YUM!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  13. Write in candidate!

    Hook & Ladder Backdraft Brown

    January 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm
  14. Chad Montgomery #

    One of the best beers I have ever had.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm
  15. Matt #

    Abita isn’t cheating. They just asked their 5000 Twitter followers to vote for them.

    http://twitter.com/TheAbitaBeer/status/24947742790909952

    January 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm
  16. ali #

    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.

    January 14, 2011 at 12:24 pm
  17. Brad #

    please add a vote for Oscar Blues GUBNA ftw

    January 14, 2011 at 11:49 am
  18. Misty #

    My vote is for Abita SOS!
    sooooo good.
    :)

    January 14, 2011 at 11:37 am
  19. JEANA #

    Peacetree Double IPA!

    January 14, 2011 at 11:23 am
  20. Todd S #

    Peace Tree Brewery all the way!

    January 14, 2011 at 11:21 am
  21. thanks for all the write ins Abita fans your votes have been counted

    January 14, 2011 at 10:00 am
  22. Sandy #

    Abita SOS!

    January 14, 2011 at 8:23 am
  23. Charles #

    Abita SOS

    January 14, 2011 at 8:22 am
  24. krawphish #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 8:20 am
  25. Randi Adams #

    Abita~ SOS

    January 14, 2011 at 8:18 am
  26. Chip #

    Abita SOS!

    January 14, 2011 at 8:09 am
  27. madonna #

    abita save our shores (SOS)

    January 14, 2011 at 8:02 am
  28. MrsR #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 8:01 am
  29. Blair White #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:57 am
  30. NoelleRamsey #

    Abita SOS!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:55 am
  31. D. Marks #

    The vote button is not working for me?!

    I vote Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:53 am
  32. Clint #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:50 am
  33. SNB #

    Abita SOS is my vote!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:48 am
  34. Doug Allen #

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

    January 14, 2011 at 7:47 am
  35. Herky Fan #

    Peace Tree Double IPA, it’s the best!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
  36. Richard #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
  37. Abita S.O.S. is my choice. How do I vote for it?

    January 14, 2011 at 7:36 am
  38. Dana Bennett #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:35 am
  39. Heather #

    Peace Tree Double IPA!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:34 am
  40. sara #

    Abita SOS!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:32 am
  41. guy #

    peace tree!!!!!!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:32 am
  42. guiseppe #

    ABITA Save Our Shores!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:31 am
  43. RRCuriel #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:31 am
  44. Jeff Olson #

    Abita SOS!!!

    January 14, 2011 at 7:30 am
  45. Michelle #

    Abita Save our shores

    January 14, 2011 at 7:30 am
  46. Wild William #

    I love Peace Tree Brewery.
    All their beer rocks.
    So I vote for the Double IPA.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm
  47. Willy #

    Peace Tree Double IPA gets my vote.

    January 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm
  48. Sarah #

    Peace Tree Double IPA is truly extraordinary!

    January 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  49. Mike Beersnob Sauer #

    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!!

    January 13, 2011 at 10:38 am
  50. Chad #

    Nebraska Brewing Company “Hop God”

    January 13, 2011 at 10:17 am
  51. Mary Eliza McRae #

    Duck-Rabbit Barrel Aged Milk Stout YUM!!!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 9:23 am
  52. dave johnson #

    Abita SOS

    January 13, 2011 at 7:45 am
  53. shawn #

    Abita SOS! best drinkable new beer for me

    January 13, 2011 at 7:41 am
  54. elliott #

    Abita SOS!!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:40 am
  55. Daniel L Bersuder #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 13, 2011 at 7:40 am
  56. I’ll add in a vote for NOLA Irish Channel Stout.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:40 am
  57. Abita Save Our Shores! Not just a great cause, a great beer!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:31 am
  58. Jenny #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 13, 2011 at 7:31 am
  59. Neoillumine #

    Abita Save Our Shores.

    January 13, 2011 at 7:28 am
  60. Neil #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 13, 2011 at 7:28 am
  61. Brain #

    Abita Brewery Save Our Shores (SOS)

    January 13, 2011 at 7:27 am
  62. Rob Phelps #

    Abita SOS

    January 13, 2011 at 7:26 am
  63. Warren Fritsch #

    Abita Save Our Shores rocks!!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:26 am
  64. Shawn #

    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….

    January 13, 2011 at 7:25 am
  65. Jenni #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 13, 2011 at 7:20 am
  66. NOLATri #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 13, 2011 at 7:19 am
  67. ryan whiteaker #

    ABITA!!!!

    January 13, 2011 at 7:18 am
  68. Brad #

    Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood-Aged Double IPA

    January 12, 2011 at 10:59 pm
  69. Shoeshine #

    Odell Mountain Standard Double Black IPA

    January 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm
  70. Jenn #

    Abita Save Our Shores

    January 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm
  71. Roseann Davis #

    Peace Tree Double IPA! Nom, nom, nom!

    January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm
  72. Holly #

    Otter Creek Black IPA!

    January 12, 2011 at 10:06 am
  73. Jester King Wytchmaker Rye IPA

    January 12, 2011 at 10:04 am
  74. Randy #

    Yazoo Brewing Hop Project

    January 12, 2011 at 9:44 am
  75. JDawg #

    Stoudts Pils!!!!

    January 12, 2011 at 7:16 am
  76. Justin K #

    Stoudt Brewing Pils….great stuff!

    January 12, 2011 at 5:46 am
  77. J #

    Pizza Port San Clemente “Pseudo IPA”

    took gold at GABF this year

    January 11, 2011 at 8:19 pm
  78. Foggy Noggin Brewing – Bit O’Beaver (English Bitter)

    January 11, 2011 at 6:13 pm
  79. Rob #

    Steven Point’s 2012 Black Ale; Best beer if the year!!

    January 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm
  80. Jim Mosteller #

    Best Craft Beer: San Diego County Session Ale. What a great beer.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm
  81. Rob #

    Steven’s Point Brewery 2012 is the best beer of the year.

    January 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm
  82. Bear Republic
    Ryevalry

    January 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm
  83. Grappler #

    Goose Island IPA yum,yum.

    January 11, 2011 at 3:19 pm
  84. LeHeretic #

    Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

    January 11, 2011 at 3:00 pm
  85. Mark Zuck #

    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!!

    January 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm
  86. Dean #

    OMG! Bear Republic’s 2010 Gold-Medal-Winning Ryevalry!

    January 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm
  87. Jax #

    Abita Save Our Shores!!

    January 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm
  88. Phil #

    Ommegang Belgian Pale Ale

    January 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm
  89. Furious D #

    Stoudts – American Pale Ale!!!

    January 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm
  90. Fred Karm #

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

    January 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm
  91. Brent #

    Stoudt’s Brewing Company Pils

    January 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm
  92. colleen #

    gotta agree with Hopgeek

    Ballast Point/Stone/Kelsey McNair – San Diego County Session Ale

    January 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm
  93. PeTor #

    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…

    January 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm
  94. Joe #

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

    January 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm
  95. Dan #

    @Mike Ranger IPA, as well as Stoudt’s Pils was out on the market before 2010. Cheers, Dan

    January 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm
  96. Mike #

    Ranger IPA – One of my favorites of 2010… how did this beauty not make the list?

    January 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm
  97. Dogman #

    Kona Brewing”s Pipeline Porter is an exceptional brew. You won’t be disappointed!

    January 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm
  98. Kelsey #

    Alaskan Double Black IPA . . . not widely distributed outside of AK but so worth seeking out.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:38 am
  99. Nate #

    Stoudt Brewing Company. Stoudt’s Pils!!

    January 11, 2011 at 11:33 am
  100. Eddie #

    Stoudt’s Pils-German style pilsener

    January 11, 2011 at 11:28 am
  101. tristan #

    Cascade’s Bourbonic Plague.

    January 11, 2011 at 11:15 am
  102. Thomas Ham #

    Wow, it’s the battle of Orange County. One sour and one massive double IPA.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:46 am
  103. Paul #

    Goose Island Bourbon Country Brand Vanilla Stout.

    January 11, 2011 at 7:53 am
  104. Lauren #

    Great Lakes Brewing Company Lake Erie Monster

    January 11, 2011 at 7:42 am
  105. matt #

    Anderson Valley Winter Solstice Ale followed by Terrapin Moo-Hoo!

    January 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm
  106. alex #

    Sun King Brewery’s Wee Mac brown ale

    January 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm
  107. Strand Fan #

    Strand Brewing Company’s 24th Street Pale Ale.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm
  108. Ryan #

    Allentown brew works pumpkin ale or their rude elfs reserve for sure.

    January 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm
  109. Drew #

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

    January 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm
  110. 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.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  111. Dan #

    @Greg Schmid – OVER Half the beers listed are not from states touching the Pacific Ocean.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm
  112. Andrew #

    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.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm
  113. Chris #

    Stone Vertical Epic 101010!

    January 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm
  114. My two choices aren’t on there.
    Southern Tier’s Double IPA
    and
    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.

    January 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm
  115. johnny #

    greenport harbor brewing leaf pile ale

    January 10, 2011 at 2:22 pm
  116. Obstreperon #

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

    Style | ABV
    American Wild Ale | 6.20% ABV

    Notes:
    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.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm
  117. Oskar Blues GUBNA

    January 10, 2011 at 9:56 am
  118. GUBNA – when I can get it!!

    January 8, 2011 at 8:00 am
  119. John #

    How are we supposed to vote if the voting is always blocked?

    January 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm
  120. joel #

    Odonata Saison, closely followed by Lagunitas Lil Sumpin’ Wild Ale

    January 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm
  121. John #

    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.

    January 5, 2011 at 9:53 am
  122. Jason #

    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.

    January 5, 2011 at 2:25 am
  123. Itapbeertender #

    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, without a doubt.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm
  124. I have to write in Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. Basically redefines chile beers and imperial stouts.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  125. david g #

    bootleggers brewery KNUCKLE SANDWICH coming out of Orange County is the best of 2010.

    December 31, 2010 at 11:05 am
  126. Tania #

    Bootlegger’s Knuckle Sandwich DIPA – hands down is the best!

    December 31, 2010 at 1:09 am
  127. Jake #

    Weyerbacher – lima

    December 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  128. Hopgeek #

    Ballast Point/Stone/Kelsey McNair – San Diego County Session Ale

    December 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm
  129. mosrite #

    Shmaltz HE’BREW Jewbelation 14 should be on this list. Just sayin’.

    December 30, 2010 at 11:27 am
  130. MiGS #

    Shipyard Chamberlain Pale Ale

    December 30, 2010 at 10:50 am
  131. Seahandler #

    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.

    December 30, 2010 at 9:41 am
  132. Kristen #

    Magic Hat Odd Notion Spring 2010 (American Pale Wheat Ale)

    December 30, 2010 at 9:13 am
  133. Donna Munsel #

    Terrapin Beer Company’s “Moo Hoo” chocolate milk stout!

    December 30, 2010 at 7:45 am
  134. Devin #

    21st Amendment Back in Black!

    December 30, 2010 at 7:01 am
  135. confucious #

    am I daft? I don’t see how to vote?

    December 29, 2010 at 11:32 pm
  136. Nate #

    Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA!

    December 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm
  137. sjbtrublu #

    San Pedro Brewing Company’s Winter Blitzen Ale.

    December 29, 2010 at 7:13 pm
  138. Ty Moran #

    Green flash silva stout. Definitely

    December 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm
  139. Beth #

    Firestone Velvet Merlin

    December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm
  140. Personal_Jesus #

    Firestone 14th Anniversary most definitely.

    December 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm
  141. Ebot99 #

    Stone’s Vertical Epic 101010

    December 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm
  142. Jimson #

    I second Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin

    December 29, 2010 at 2:16 pm
  143. Meli #

    Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin

    December 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm
  144. 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.

    December 29, 2010 at 11:11 am
  145. JohnEFresh #

    Write in vote:
    Marin Brewing Indian Summer IPA

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

    December 29, 2010 at 9:41 am
  146. Not on the list, but maybe the best beer I’ve ever had is Firestone Walker Parabola.

    December 29, 2010 at 8:07 am

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