Thursday, December 31, 2009

Top 10 Beers of 2009

Ok, so my wife Cherie and I set out this year with a goal to try 365 beers. Well..... we hit that number before the beginning of November. Yikes. We went WAY past it. But, in this year of beer, I have found many an interesting brew. So here is my list of my top 10 beers in no particular order:

Gulden Draak - This was the beer that got me into Belgians... and I mean REALLY into them. What a great beer all around. Fantastic in all respects.

Brooklyn Manhattan Project - Oh I love me a good manhattan on the rocks once in a while. Garrett Oliver put together just that with this beer. It was soooooo good. Rye beer with cherry flavors and spices. Just great.

Brooklyn Cuvee de Cardoz - Surprised the hell out of me when I had this beer. Oh man, it was amazing. Only had a couple, but they were good. Spicy, flavorful, and didn't taste too heavy at all.

Harppon 100 Barrel Glacier Harvest 09 Wet Hop Ale - I am not a fan of hops for the most part, but this was a great beer with plenty of hops, flavor, alcohol, and enough malt to balance it out nicely. Good job to Harppon on this one.

Clipper City Heavy Seas Small Craft Warning Uber Pils - I tried SO HARD to find a pilsner I really liked this year. Not many really worked out for me. This was by far the best and one of my current favorites. Oh, just an amazing beer all around. So much flavor, much more than almost any other pils I had this year.

Dogfish head / 3 Floyds Popskull - Had this at Pizzeria Paradiso in DC just last week. Oh man..... how do I describe it? Picture a really tasty brown ale .... on crack!!! Awesome!

Founders Backwoods B@stard - You saw above that I like manhattans. Well, I like bourbon in my manhattans (not the right way I know). So, since I liked bourbon I thought I would like this beer. Well, in fact, I LOVED it. Drool. That is all I can say.

Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire - I am not generally a huge fan of Saisons, but this dark one was just great. It had so much flavor with all of the spice of a good farmhouse ale.

Rogue Hazlnut Brown Nectar - Sweetly luxurious. Just so smooth, flavorful, and fantastic. Not for everyone and not for any time, but for when you are in the mood for the sweet flavor, this is a great one to have.

Victory Golden Monkey - A belgian style tripel from the east coast. Just a good beer. Has that great Belgian bite and that good kick of alcohol behind it.

Honorable mentions - Any of the Harpoon Leviathans, Rodenbach Flemish Sour, Chimay Blue, Kona Longboard Lager (I just enjoy drinking it), Orkney Skullsplitter, Clipper City Yule Tide.

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