Best Craft Beer of 2012 Poll - Best Craft Beer of 20122012 was a huge year for not only the craft beer industry, but for the craft beer drinker.  With so many hits released all last year, we need to ask you: What was the Best Craft Beer of 2012?  We’ve comprised a list of over 50 nominees to choose from, but like in previous years, you are free to WRITE IN YOUR VOTE IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW.

To be eligible in this poll, the beer must have been introduced to the public in 2012, and in most cases, made its bottled/canned debut in 2012.  A quick check on can give you a good gauge on when a beer was born, piloted then introduced. Voting Ends February 2, 2013 at 5PM PDT!


  • You may vote once, by selecting one of the beers on the list.
  • Should the beer you want to vote for not be on the list, you may write it in IF..
  • The beer made its debut in 2012.
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  • Please don’t cheat. If you are having troubles, please contact us.
  • Cheering on a beer doesn’t equal a vote. A complaint doesn’t equal a vote.
  • If a particular beer gets written in multiple times, we may add it to the list with tally.

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The Winner Is Pipeworks Citra Ninja as of 5PM PDT.  Congrats Speech and analysis forthcoming.

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  1. Joe Roe says

    Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, 100 cases could not break my back,
    Wookey Jack Wookey Jack. Ive cast my vote and theres no looking back,
    keep it coming Wookey Jack,
    Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

  2. Jonathan Gantz says

    ELEVATION FIRST CAST IPA!!! if your ever in the Salida / Poncha Springs, CO area, or skiing at Monarch Mountain, stop by the Elevation tasting room. These guys are awesome and first cast IPA should be on this list. -Cheers!

  3. Paccamacca says

    If Saranac white IPA is so good, why does it only get a pathetic 77 on Ratebeer?! Because of hype cheating…
    Wookey Jack should obviously be the winner…

  4. Jessica says


    The Harlot!!!!!! Best most complex tasty beer to come out of San Diego in a long time.


  5. Matt says

    Deep Ellum IPA out of Dallas – unbelievable IPA, well balanced and an immediate force to be reckoned with

  6. Ron says

    wow – i’ve a bunch of beers to chk out – but damnation 23 is rather awesome aswell as Pliny -

  7. Cindy says

    I see I’m not the only one to notice that there is no link to actually vote on this page. Please add one, or else explain how one casts a vote!

  8. Dan says

    The cream rises to the top in most cases, and I believe this might be one of them. If we only chose ten, we’d have a zillion write ins to track. This was easier, and gives more peoples opinions to be quickly heard.

  9. Bob Phillips says

    Vote for Lakewood Tempetress had it a Saucer on the Lake and Jack Mac Swill and Grill. Need more of it!

  10. says

    My write-in vote goes to Tin Roof Beer’s delicious Parade Ground Coffee Porter. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a local brew, and my only disappointment is that it’s a seasonal brew, not year-’round.

  11. Adam says

    I kept on buying more and more of Daytime IPA, didn’t hurt that the wife loved it as well!

  12. Joe says

    While I’ve had quite a few on the list and most are amazing, I feel Citra Ninja stood out the most among them.

  13. NoSignsOfPain says

    t’was a difficult decision… but Row 2 gets my vote

  14. says

    Hard choices…. loved the Simtra but could not have more than one due to the abv… however, I could drink Daytime early and often, less than 5%, great hops aroma and flavor, crisp carbonation and it went down smoothly, so I voted for it.


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