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Zymurgy Poll Picks Best Beers in America

By Jay Brooks
Monday, June 28th, 2010 at 1:21 pm in On Beer.

Zymurgy magazine, which is published by the American Homebrewers Association for its members, today released the results of their latest poll, asking their readers to “readers to send us a list of their 20 favorite beers. The only rule [was] that the beer [had] to be commercially available somewhere in the United States. A record number of votes were cast this year, with 1,192 different beers from 450 breweries represented in the poll.” So while the name of the poll is 2010 Zymurgy Best Beers In America, the list does include a few imported beers that are sold in the U.S.

For the second year in a row, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder took the top spot.


2010 Zymurgy Best Beers In America Poll

  1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
  2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
  3. Stone Arrogant Bastard
  4. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  6. Stone IPA
  7. Tie for 7th
    • Bear Republic Racer 5
    • Guinness
    • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine
    • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  8. Stone Ruination
  9. Tie for 12th
    • North Coast Old Rasputin
    • Sierra Nevada Torpedo
    • Rahr Winter Warmer
    • Rahr Ugly Pug
    • Rahr Iron Thistle
  10. Tie for 17th
    • Oskar Blues Ten Fidy
    • New Glarus Belgian Red
    • Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
    • Duvel
  11. Tie for 21st
    • Lagunitas IPA
    • Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    • Rahr Storm Cloud
    • Saison Dupont
  12. Tie for 25th
    • Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
    • Rahr Bucking Bock
    • Ommegang Three Philosophers

That’s the top 25, but the top 50 can bee seen at Zymurgy’s press release.

They also picked the top 25 favorite breweries, of which Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. of Fort Worth, Texas was number one and they “tabulated which breweries had the most brands in the voting. That honor went to Boston Beer Co. with 22 of its Samuel Adams brews getting votes. Dogfish Head was close behind with 20 brands.” You can also see the full list of Beer Portfolios and Favorite Breweries at the American Homebrewers Association website.

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  • craig

    pliny at 8$ a pint….and a canned beer..?…please get real..zymurgy

  • discdude

    Jay, something smells, and it doesn’t smell like beer. Rahr? I could be going out on a limb here, so someone correct me if I’m wrong, but has anyone heard of Rahr? Seen Rahr? Tasted Rahr? Sounds like they just stuffed the ballot box. I hate unscientific popularity polls.

  • Scott B.

    There are places that don’t sell Pliny for $8 a pint. Don’t blame Zymurgy because you’re getting ripped off on your beer.

  • Ilya Feynberg

    Gotta say….this is one disappointing “poll”. Firstly, I agree with “Discdude” some things on their list just don’t make sense. I live in Dallas and rarely and I mean rarely hear of Rahr, but more so than that…who the hell basis something like the best breweries on the idea how who has the most amount of brands under their belt?

    As for their “Best” beers list. There are some great brews on that list no doubt about it. But I seriously doubt that the guys and gals over there had enough of a selection. Cause again, it’s not fully adding up.

    Either way thank you posting this! :)

    P.S. Rahr beers are really not that…well they’re just not exactly what I would call great stuff. Though I would choose one from their line over a Coors light any day ;).