THE BEST BEER IN THE WORLD!!!!
All the movers and shakers in the US beer world were in Denver last week for the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America presented by the Brewers Association (unfortunately, our Coinstar payout didn’t cover the trip to the Mile High City). The World Beer Cup competition (which takes place every two years) capped the event. This year, 219 judges from 31 countries rated beers in 94 categories; there were 4754 entries from 1403 breweries from 58 countries on five continents. Most of the 281 winners (awarded gold, silver, and bronze) aren’t available in Rhode Island (many are from US brewpubs), but you can put together a stellar box of Olympic-level liquid at the mix-a-six outposts (and slip across the border for the Jack’s Abby):
AMERICAN-STYLE WHEAT BEER WITH YEAST: Widmer Brothers’ Hefeweizen
Rye Beer: Sierra Nevada’s Ruthless Rye; Blue Point’s RastafaRye
SESSION Beer: Session Beer: Lagunitas DayTime
WOOD-AND BARREL-AGED Beer: Shmaltz’s Funky Jewbelation
GERMAN-STYLE PILSENER: Stoudt’s Pils
GERMAN-STYLE DOPPELBOCK OR EISBOCK: Jack’s Abby’s Saxonator
AMERICAN-STYLE BLACK ALE: Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack
BELGIAN-STYLE TRIPEL:Brouwerij Huyghe’s Delirium Tremens
CLASSIC ENGLISH-STYLE PALE ALE: Redhook’s Audible Ale
IRISH-STYLE RED ALE: George Killian’s Irish Red (topping two microbrews)
And in the Keep-An-Open-Mind-And-Try-A-Blind-Taste-Test-Yourself Dept.: AMERICAN-STYLE CREAM ALE: Pabst’s Old Style, Icehouse; AMERICAN-STYLE LAGER OR LIGHT LAGER OR PILSENER: Coors Light; Miller Genuine Draft; Coors Banquet.