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  1. Chris Leonardo
    December 20, 2017 @ 9:17 pm

    Swing and a miss. You’re not aware of any beers outside of southern california, seemingly. And these aren’t even the best beers out of southern california.


    • GT Wharton
      December 20, 2017 @ 9:50 pm

      Hi Chris,

      First please read through the previous comment and please re-read the first paragraph of the article. I’ve been reviewing beers from all over the U.S. this year. You can read those at the top of this website by clicking the “Reviews” tab. That will give you an idea of what I formally reviewed this year. If you want to see all the beers I’ve tried this year, you can follow me on Untappd @gtwharton. This year I sampled over 500 beers from a dozen countries. If you know my background at all, I’m very well aware of beers outside of Southern California. The hard truth is that this region makes good beer and fresh beer almost always trumps old beer, even old beer from well-renown breweries.

      There were quite a few beers I tried this year from non-California breweries that would easily make my Top 10 for this year. But they did not debut in 2017, so were ineligible for this article. Some examples are Blanc Slager from Right Proper Brewing in Washington DC, SeaQuench Ale from Dogfish Head, Hill Farmstead Legitimacy, Trillium Melcher Street IPA, Forest & Main Solaire Reserve, Sante Adairius Westly, Victory Storm King, Drie Fonteinen Armand & Gaston, Allagash Hoppy Table Beer, Jolly Pumpkin No Ka Oi, Blackberry Farm Classic Saison, and many more.

      Also, if you didn’t see your favorite beer on here, that is expected since this is not a list of your favorite beers. This region has so many good breweries, and this list is not meant to say one is better than the other. In terms of what debuted this year that I personally tried, these were my favorites. And there is absolutely no reason it should sync up with anyone else’s year in beer for 2017. There is simply too much good beer out there these days, which is a good thing!

      Take care,

      GT Wharton


    • Ralph
      January 9, 2018 @ 9:44 am

      Agreed and any random Treehouse smokes every beer on this list.


      • GT Wharton
        January 9, 2018 @ 11:57 am

        So you tried all ten of these? And Tree House is making mead, rauchbier, and lambic?

  2. Chet
    December 20, 2017 @ 5:42 pm

    You should rename this the top beers near me. A locals only list is super worthless.


    • GT Wharton
      December 20, 2017 @ 5:57 pm

      Hey Chet,

      Thanks for the comment, and I see your point. However, these aren’t all locals to me, first of all. I live in San Diego and Casa Agria, for instance, is 185 miles away. That would be like saying Trillium is local to New York City. Second, I would implore you to re-read the first paragraph. It would be a fake and forced list if I mentioned an IPA from Florida, a Stout from New York, and a barleywine from Texas just to make it more inclusive of the U.S. Because we have so many high-quality breweries in Southern California, the competition is fierce and stomps on the majority of what I try that has been shipped in hot semi trucks to our region. Third, from a different perspective, it would be unfair to give accolades to grocery store beers from well-known regional breweries when small, new breweries are making better beer. They deserve the free press and should be considered up and coming talent in the industry that I would like to personally congratulate. If there is an amazing beer that comes to mind for you, I’d love to try it.




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