Best of 2016

2016 was another year of great beers! I have compiled this top 10 list. This is strictly my opinion from my check-ins on Untappd. These are beers that I was able to find or that great friends shared with me.

  1. 3 Floyds Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord
  2. Bank Brewing Hop Lab series
  3. Deschutes Dissident 2015
  4. Snobbery IPA from WoodGrain
  5. Bank Brewing Into the Black
  6. Schell’s Apricot Vista
  7. Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale
  8. King Size Imperial Peanut Stout from Junkyard
  9. Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine (2013)
  10. Warm Front from Lakefront
Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord
Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord


From 3 Floyds – roasty, chocolate & vanilla. Possibly the best beer I’ve tasted. Thanks to friend Craig Martin for sharing this gem!


Hop Lab Yellow

Hop Lab series from Bank Brewing – great malt backbone usually with a single hop. Hop Lab Pink was a recent release and featured Mosaic hops. I had this one a couple times with brewer Richard Drawdy before it hit the retail market. Definitely worth finding!


Descutes Dissident 2015
Deschutes Dissident 2015


From Deschutes Brewery – this great sour is brewed with Montmorency cherries and aged in oak. This is one of the best sours I’ve tasted!


At WoodGrain Brewing with John Holl of All about Beer


WoodGrain Brewing – I’ve had several good beers from this local Sioux Falls brewery this year. Stand outs include Liquid Alpha, Snobbery IPA and This is Just a Test: Citra Pale Ale. The future looks bright for these guys!


Into the Black by the Bank Brewing Company
Into the Black by the Bank Brewing Company


Another very good beer from Bank Brewing – see my review here.  If you like the black IPA style you will like this. The 2017 release is January 7, 2017. Here are the release details.


Apricot Vista
Apricot Vista


From the August Schell Brewing Company – Apricot Vista was one of the first kegs to empty at Brrrvana 2016 at Monk’s House of Ale Repute for a good reason. It’s good! There were still a few bottles of this tasty sour at Taylor’s Pantry the last time I was there.


Born Yesterday Pale Ale


From Lagunitas Brewing – this is the best fresh hop ale I had this year. It is hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops. Need I say more? Read my review here.


Junkyard Brewing crowler
Junkyard Brewing crowler


Junkyard Brewing – this Morehead, MN brewery is making good beer with regular releases in crowlers. Some favorites released recently include Promised Land, Pulpasaurus, Citra-Zaic and King Size Imperial Peanut Stout.


Goose Island Barleywine
Goose Island Barleywine


From Goose Island Beer Company – I shared this great beer from 2013 at Darkness Day 2016 and it was a hit! Smooth with hints of bourbon, oak, toffee and vanilla. One more is in the cellar for a special tasting.


Warm Front Extra Pale Ale

From Lakefront Brewing – Warm Front  Extra Pale Ale hopped with Mosaic and Citra hops. It is a seasonal release, and I will miss it when it is gone. It has become a “go to beer” for me.


2016 was a good year for craft beer. I’m looking forward to 2017 with exciting releases throughout the year, festivals and new breweries in development. Cheers!