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Zymurgy Readers List Favorite Beers

By William Brand
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007 at 5:11 pm in Uncategorized.

Zymurgy Readers List Favorite Beers

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Each summer, Zymurgy, the journal of the American Homebrewers Association, asks readers to name their favorite commercial beers and favorite breweries.
The list is out in the current issue of Zymurgy, which is not sold on newstands. You have to join the AHA to get a copy. But they do send out a clipping to the press, so I have the article. For an e-mail copy, e-mail me at

Here are the top 10 beers, chosen by readers:

Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA1. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
2 -tie Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Arrogant Bastard.
4 – tie (They didn’t choose a third place winner)
4- Alaskan Smoked Porter,
4 – Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA,
4 – Guinness Draught,
4 – North Coast Old Rasputin,
4 – Schneider Aventinus,
4 – Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.
(The list skips to a 10th place tie.
10 – tie New Glarus Belgian Red
10 – tie Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Dogfish Head 90-Minute IPA. They call it an Imperial IPA. 9 percent ABV, 90 IBUs. Bud as 13 IBU. Guinness, 60).

(Next a 4-way tie for 12th)
12 – Anchor Steam
12 – Bell’s Expedition Stout
12 – Stone IPA
12 – Victory Prima Pills
(Next an 11-way tie for 16th).
16 – Bell’s Two-Hearted ale
16 – New Belgium 1554 Black Ale
16 – Ommegang Hennepin
16 – Orval
16 – Paulaner Salvator
16 – Pilsner Urquell
16 – Russian River Pliney the Elder
16 – Victory Hop Devil

The list goes on and on. I’m stopping here, my fingers are growing weary.
For Northern Californians, there are some more notables, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye in 27th, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, also in 27th. Anchor Porter in 45th. Russian River Pliny the Younger, also in 45th.

At any rate, not a shabby beer in the bunch. About Dogfish, proprietor Sam Calagione, says he hopes to find a distributor for Northern California late this year or early next year.

Dogfish Head’s in Milton, DE. Salud for now.

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