Summer is fading away in Seattle. Our temperatures are down, the rain is back and the leaves are already starting to turn. Heck, I’ve even already started drinking Oktoberfest beers (the official dates for Oktoberfest this year are September 17 thru October 3). Fall is still officially a couple of weeks away though, so there’s still time for a few more Summertime celebrations before we welcome back the grey skies and rain for months.
Welcome to the first in a series of articles, where I will search my soul to share with you some of my favorite brews. Every few months, there will be another volume, where I’ll keep adding to the list of my all-time favorite beers.
Pick Just One? Good Luck!
It’s a question I get asked a lot: What is your favorite beer? or What is your favorite brewery? Really? Do I have to pick just one? I mean, isn’t one of the joys of craft beer the fact that there are so many choices? It would be a pretty boring World if you were only able to select a single beer to drink for the rest of your life. Most people I know have an extremely difficult, if not impossible time answering this question.
Zymurgy Magazine, the official magazine of the American Homebrewer’s Association (AHA), has released their 2013 list of the best beers in America (as voted on by Zumurgy readers/AHA Members). This is the 11th year Zymurgy has released this list and, for the 5th year in a row, Russian River Brewing‘s Pliny The Elder has come out on top. Congratulations to them and also to Bell’s Brewery who has taken the number 2 spot the past 4 years in a row with their Two Hearted Ale.
As I’m sure most of you know, Russian River Brewing does not currently distribute to Washington state, but I believe we have some excellent ‘stand ins’ that do a great job of satisfying our craving for hoppy tripple IPAs (including but not limited to ‘Whiny The Complainer’ from Big Time Brewery & Alehouse and ‘Cry Me A River’ from Naked City Brewery and Taphouse). Bell’s Brewery beers are also quite difficult to find in Washington, but perhaps you can find a beer buddy or two futher East who you can make a trade with.