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.
- 3 Floyds Bourbon Vanilla Dark Lord
- Bank Brewing Hop Lab series
- Deschutes Dissident 2015
- Snobbery IPA from WoodGrain
- Bank Brewing Into the Black
- Schell’s Apricot Vista
- Lagunitas Born Yesterday Pale Ale
- King Size Imperial Peanut Stout from Junkyard
- Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine (2013)
- Warm Front from Lakefront
From 3 Floyds – roasty, chocolate & vanilla. Possibly the best beer I’ve tasted. Thanks to friend Craig Martin for sharing this gem!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!