53 Comments

  1. Ken
    January 26, 2012 @ 11:49 am

    New Glarus Laughing Fox

  2. Jeanne
    January 26, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    Crabtree Brewery Dearfield

  3. Phil
    January 26, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    Late in 2011, Wild Heaven Eschaton

  4. Andrew
    January 26, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    Goose Island King Henry!

  5. Doug
    January 26, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    It’s not on the list….but Sante Fe Brewing Company’s Imperial Java Stout is awesome.

  6. karen
    January 26, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    Left hand Milk Stout Nitro rocks my world. Fade to Black is awesome too, but the stout is better. Really can’t go wrong with any Left Hands Beers. (Going to Founders tasting room in Grand Rapids, Mi tonight just to solidify my vote. I’ll re-post if I change my mind but I sincerely doubt that!!!)

  7. Randy Aggiemeyer
    January 25, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

    I enjoyed Shiner 102 Wheat Ale in 2011, but is not on your list so I can not vote. Reminded me of the Wheat beer I had in Germany. I will miss it. I hope there will be a Shiner 103 just as good.

  8. John Flower
    January 25, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

    I’m doomed! Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro is so soo better than anything else I’ve ever tasted that all other tastes are “less than”. And the experience of drinking Milk Stout Nitro makes all other life experiences “less than”. Like I said — I’m doomed. I only live a mile from Milk Stout Nitro’s birthplace. Time to quit my job and spend my meager social security in the Left Hand tap room.

  9. Rob
    January 24, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Boulevard Collaboration #2 – White IPA is UNREAL!! One of the BEST beers I’ve tried in a long time. Do yourself a favor and get your hands on this beer.

  10. GG
    January 24, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    Yeah, I agree w/ AJ as well, why no Myrcenary from Odell????

  11. ct hatman
    January 20, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    3floyds baller stout is amazing. do yourselves a favor and get a hold of one

  12. mmcvey
    January 19, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Collaboration 2 by Boulevard

  13. G W Butcher
    January 19, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Brewing their first of many in February 2011, Port City Brewing Company has taken the DC Metro Area by storm, suds, kegs, & growlers. How could you not include at least one of their acclaimed brews. My favorite is the Optimal Wit, followed closely by Essential Pale Ale! …and the Monumantal I.P.A. and Porter aint bad either!

  14. Scott T
    January 17, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    El Cajones IPA! Hands down, the best!

  15. Greg Kuzmuk
    January 17, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    My vote goes for New Glarus Black Top IPA.

  16. Raoul Duke
    January 16, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    Miller High Life, hands down.

  17. kafka
    January 16, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Wow, Ballast Point Indra Kunindra is the best beer by far out of the whole bunch. Glad you guys picked it. This beer changed my life. I used to be an alcoholic till I drank this mang.

  18. JBD
    January 15, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

    The Alchemist Heady Topper in cans FTW

  19. Mike
    January 15, 2012 @ 10:05 am

    Pretty silly poll considering how regional some of these beers are. How can New Glarus be far and away number one (aside from homers voting it up)? Is New Glarus even distributed out of the state of WI? Just as I was fortunate to get a couple bottles of Niehlsbohrium, I don’t think too many people got to try it.

  20. nightfly_dp
    January 13, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    My vote is Shmaltz/Terrapin Reunion Ale 11. Excellent flavor combo

  21. Barry
    January 13, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    Founders’ DEVIL DANCER. Hands down.

  22. Timothy Augustin
    January 13, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Such a difficult vote, I had to go with the 2010 Abacus though because it was a transcendental experience for me. I probably would have gone with Bitter Monk, Lagunitas Sucks or Boulevard Collaboration #2 had I been able to pick multiple beers (which of course makes no sense, but I felt sharing that anyway!).

  23. Lauren
    January 13, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    I think the stone collaboration green tea ipa should be on there. That is my vote

  24. Jason
    January 13, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    New Glaris Laughing Fox

  25. Adrian
    January 12, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    Among the lip-smacking new craft beers I had the pleasure of sampling in 2011, my favorite was the Siberian Silk Porter from La Cumbre in ABQ, NM. Only on tap & growler, it surely wont make a list such as this, except by honorable mention.

  26. Ray
    January 12, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

    Troeg’s Perpetual IPA gets my vote, and should be on the list.

  27. Joey Wilhelm
    January 12, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

    I notice a distinct lack of Big Bad Baptist by Epic Brewing. That would get my vote.

  28. eddie rico
    January 12, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

    You really should have let us vote 3 times.. I voted lagunita but drake aromacoma and 21st amendment collab with ninkasi was so freakin good… I mean a lot of the beers on your list were epic, but there were some stand outs in the bunch.

  29. Geoffrey
    January 12, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

    How can you not have Troegs Perpetual IPA on the list? Please correct the oversight and register my vote in its favor.

  30. Professor Sudz
    January 12, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I only have a few of those beers unfortunately. While I really liked the Stone 15th, I ended up voting for the Schell’s Burton, which was a solid beer at a great price.

  31. Chandar The Barbarian
    January 12, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Sorry for the multiple posts guys. It wouldn’t load them so I retried…my bad

  32. John
    January 12, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    So many good beers that you missed on this list. Even just looking at New Belgium, what was the logic of only having Clutch on there? I mean NBB Fresh Hop IPA, NBB Sommersault, or even Snow Day would have been better choices for beers that came out in 2011… LAME.

  33. Chandar The Barbarian
    January 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    Crooked Stave Fertile Soil

    This brewery is killing it with their Brett beers. Watch out for them this year.

  34. Dave Butler
    January 12, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I felt that New Belgium’s Lips of Faith Kick also deserves some attention. It was a wonderful slightly sour pumpkin/cranberry brew which I felt was better than their Clutch.

  35. Chandar The Barbarian
    January 12, 2012 @ 11:54 am

    Crooked Stave Fertile Soil

    …and many of their other releases from this year. Look out for this new brewery it is going to blow up!

  36. Mike P
    January 10, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    Ale Industries: Orange Kush/Shush

  37. CraigH
    January 10, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Honestly, I third in saying that King Henry should be on here (and I’m not even that big of a Goose Island fan).

  38. Carl
    January 9, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    It’s a bit of a travesty that nothing from Hill Farmstead is on this list. I would vote for Birth of Tragedy in an instant.

  39. Larry G. Jones
    January 9, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    My vote goes to Fullsteam IGOR!

  40. Jon Webster
    January 9, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Sillwater/Brewer’s Art Debutante!!!

  41. Lindsay
    January 7, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

    Shirley that should say “Best American Craft Beer of 2011”?

  42. Angelo Pietrosanti
    January 5, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

    none of the above. Goose Island’s King Henry was just spectacular. hands down best of the year.

  43. chris
    January 5, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    Agree w/AJ, Myrcenary should be on there. Was Bruery White Oak a 2011 release? And if you count each release seperately, Rasputin XIV should definitely be on there, and would get my vote, just barely, over Firestone Walker.

  44. Russ Phillips
    January 5, 2012 @ 8:01 am

    Left Hand’s Fade to Black Volume 3 – Pepper Porter. Absolutely LOVED that beer.

  45. KajII
    January 4, 2012 @ 7:48 am

    Flying Fish “Exit 13”

  46. JoshVandy
    January 3, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Please add Goose Island’s King Henry. Thanks.

  47. Beer Soaked Erik
    January 3, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    So many good ones to choose from this list. I’m going to head to the store and see if I can grab some of the ones on this list that I missed before locking in my final vote. Cheers!

  48. Smurfe
    January 3, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Wish the list was beers that were distributed where I live. I think I can get two of those listed here. Hope these breweries read this and think hey, they need more good beer in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans market, they love good beer there so lets show them some love.

  49. Royce
    January 3, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    Did FW’s Abacus make its debut in 2011?

  50. AJ
    January 3, 2012 @ 10:23 am

    How about Odell Brewing’s Myrcenary Double IPA?

  51. MikeUp
    January 3, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I think the Stone/Bruery/Elysian collaboration La Citrueille Celeste de Citracado belongs on this list.

  52. cameron
    January 3, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    Can you please add Firestone Walker XV. Lots of great beers on the list! Thanks for adding to my growing “Must Try” list!

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