Best Beer of 2014

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  1. kevanb

    kevanb Pooh-Bah (2,427) Apr 4, 2011 Illinois
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    In terms of trying for the first time, Kentucky Brunch takes the cake, but some other highlights of the year, in no particular order, include:

    Double Barrel Hunahpu
    Stenciled Pages
    King Sue
    As You Wish...
    Panzer Grenadier
  2. PSU_Mike

    PSU_Mike Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2013 Pennsylvania

    My #2 want behind Double Sunshine

    Hop JuJu takes the honor for me. Since they tweaked the recipe for this year's batch, it was incredible.
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  3. rynegne

    rynegne Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2014 Illinois

    Far and above all of the other beers I've tasted this year.

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  4. edmaher

    edmaher Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2008 Illinois

    Best wow moment came from Lawson's Triple Sunshine, but there were a lot of great ones. Was fortunate enough to enjoy Focal Banger, Abner, Square Grouper, Beyond Good and Evil, King Sue and plenty of other great beers this year. Here's hoping 2015 can live up to this year.
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  5. pmangold

    pmangold Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2014 Florida

    I just began my beer journey this year. Highlights were Cycle's & Plus and Rarer Dos Hazelnut that I had a few days ago, Huna, Heady and Vanilla Rye all stood out and made glad I started drinking beer.
  6. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Limiting it to new beers, The Shape of Hops to Come
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  7. timebandits

    timebandits Initiate (0) Nov 1, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Best beer? Westbrook Mexican Wedding Cake
    Best Beer Store? Piggly Wiggly in Beaufort SC
  8. Roudy

    Roudy Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2009 Georgia

    Hard to choose when I was in San Diego then San Francisco during SF Beer week. In three days I had:
    Vietnamese Coffee Speedway Stout
    Pliny the Younger
    Societe The Pupil
    Bourbon Barrel Victory at Sea
    Nitro Sculpin
    Kinda like choosing your favorite child. Can't do it.
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  9. ItsYourBoyBlue

    ItsYourBoyBlue Maven (1,388) Feb 23, 2014 Washington

    2014 was an amazing beer year for me, went from drinking Firestone Walker's core lineup to sours and everything in between. Personally I don't know if I could pick a top 10 of best beers I had this year, but I'll give it a shot...

    In no particular order:
    Fyodor's Classic
    Maltose Falcons
  10. Pulltabs_only

    Pulltabs_only Initiate (0) Oct 8, 2014 Indiana

    18th St. Brewing
    Deal with the Devil
    Grapefruit Dead
    or anything else they did.
  11. HeartofMiami

    HeartofMiami Pooh-Bah (2,161) Sep 20, 2014 Florida
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    Since it hasn't been mentioned and is one of my top for 2014: Lagunitas Born fresh!
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  12. jrnyc

    jrnyc Pooh-Bah (2,916) Mar 21, 2010 New York
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    All beer I had for first time this year.

    Other Half All Green Everything
    Other Half Green Diamonds
    GI Rare
    Hill Farmstead Arthur
    Stone Xocoveza
    DB Huna
    Trillium Double Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale
    Boneyard Notorious
    Lagunitas Born Yesterday
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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2014
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  13. ToddSoonerFan

    ToddSoonerFan Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Iowa

    Toppling Goliath Light Speed! Could've said King Sue or Golden Nugget.
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  14. BayouBengal1537

    BayouBengal1537 Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2009 Louisiana

    My top 3 beers for 2014 were:
    Heady Topper
    BCBS 2014
    Ghost in the Machine - Parish Brewing
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  15. Hoyalawya

    Hoyalawya Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2014 California

    For new releases, Xocoveza blew me away and I couldn't get enough of it while I could find it.

    Born Yesterday was also a highlight for me.

    My best beers for 2014 were:
    Alpine Nelson
    2012 Chocolate Rain
    Batch #100 Wild Wild Brett
    HF Nelson Sauvin Single Hop Pale Ale


    Probably the best beer I had was Bruery's Tart of Darkness with Cacao and Vanilla. Dear lord it was awesome!
  16. cliftoncr

    cliftoncr Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2013 North Carolina

  17. birdman200

    birdman200 Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2010 Massachusetts

    In no order, and moreso in terms of what beers were memorably good:

    New Glarus Strawberry Rhubarb
    Dirt Wolf
    Allagash Tiarna
    Coolship Resurgem
    Allagash Nancy
    LoverBeer Beer Brugna
    Jacks Abby Vanilla Framinghammer
    Jacks Abby Smoke & Dagger (nitro draft)
    Tree House (everything...Eurka w/ Galaxy, Julius, Double Shot, TWSS)
    Barrel Aged Ten Fidy (draft)
    De La Senne Taras Boulba
    Anderson Valley Gose
    Bruery Rueze
    Love Child #4
    Two Roads Philsalmic
    Two Roads Lil Heaven
    Half Acre Daisy Cutter

    ...and more!
  18. cherche

    cherche Pooh-Bah (2,378) Mar 27, 2013 Washington
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    Barley Brown's Tank Slapper
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  19. JohnG190

    JohnG190 Savant (1,080) Jan 26, 2013 New York

    It's tough to chose just one, there were so many great releases in 2014! But if I had to pick one, it's…

  20. Dansac

    Dansac Pundit (866) Dec 6, 2014 California

    Best beer year of my life for me. My favorites:

    - Sante Adairius - Saison Bernice
    - Cantillon Iris 2004
    - De Garde - Beaucoup Desay
    - Alpine - Nelson
    - 3 Fonteinen - Oude Kriek
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  21. TastyIsBeer

    TastyIsBeer Initiate (0) Dec 13, 2006 Illinois

    TG PseudoSue, followed closely by 2013 GI BCBS Proprieter's
  22. bluehende

    bluehende Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware

    This one.

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  23. thebashbro

    thebashbro Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2014 Arkansas

    2013 black tuesday
  24. jasoncheb

    jasoncheb Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012 Virginia

    During a trip to Milwaukee over the summer, I picked up New Glarus Raspberry Tart, Serendipity, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Wisconsin Belgian Red....simply awesome!
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  25. littleimp

    littleimp Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2013 Illinois

    Jesus, i think I drank close to 300+ different beers this year. I started tracking beers on Untappd some where during the year and it says 277 for the partial year I've tracked stuff. I've been working hard. So many fantastic beers. Many met the hype, some didn't. But Firestone Parabola exceeded expectations and this came super hyped. After years of trying to get this beer it was a true pleasure to finally drink it.
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  26. DangleBerries

    DangleBerries Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2013 Illinois

    Wow! You knocked it out the park with that dick swing.

    Seriously though, solid list

    I'll go with Kentucky Brunch for best of '14
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  27. FightinIrish88

    FightinIrish88 Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2014 New Jersey

    BCBCS or the Vanilla
  28. rooskey379

    rooskey379 Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2011 Michigan

    This iS Tough. This year I got heavily into beer and had many firsts. In my list are Founders Backwood Bastard, Stone Xovoceza, Big Bad Baptist, ZD, BCBS '13, and Bells Mars
  29. Hopheadgou

    Hopheadgou Initiate (0) May 14, 2014 Connecticut

    Tree House SAP and Tree House Good Morning
  30. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    This is a tough question because I drank a lot of great beer this year. However, if I had to choose one that really stood out, all-in-all, I'd say Avery's Tweak. It has everything I look for in a big coffee stout...robust flavor, big, fat mouthfeel, and a killer ABV.

    Honorable Mentions:
    Sierra Nevada's Barrel Aged Narwhal
    Dry Dock's Bligh's English Barleywine
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  31. tfischl

    tfischl Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2005 Indiana

    Barrel Aged Sierra Nevada Narwhal on draft... best beer I enjoyed this year. A 1993 Bigfoot in Celebration of my Son's 21st birthday was #2!
  32. M-14

    M-14 Zealot (623) Feb 5, 2014 California

    Best beer: Parabola

    Best beer you can actually obtain and drink regularly: FIS
  33. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    Tough to narrow it down to one, I think the highlights of the year would be...

    Hop JuJu
    El Lupulo Libre
    Heady Topper
    Backwoods Bastard
    Biscotti Break
  34. saburky

    saburky Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2011 Ohio

    This year I hadn't really gone out of my way to try anything new ... stuck with brands and styles I like the best. Rediscovered Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout and for the first time tried Hoppin Frog's Christmas Ale (their King Gose Home Imperial Gose and Vanilla Bean Gangster Frog are honorable mentions).
  35. drinkin-beeers

    drinkin-beeers Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2014 Montana

    Fort George/ boneyard/ block 15- 3 way ipa
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  36. fitrock2112

    fitrock2112 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Ohio

    In no particular order :

    Chillwave by Great Lakes

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  37. Resuin

    Resuin Pooh-Bah (2,775) Jun 18, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Definitely goes to KBBS '14 for me. Just had my first one last weekend, and it was fantastic - so much flavor. Before that, it was the latest DDG release, which is really a solid beer as well. Cheers!


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  38. Guess2814

    Guess2814 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Massachusetts

    I think we are all laying our opinion down but we have to put the Heady Topper aside.. Based on it being easily the best beer around.. That being said,
    1. Dinner *The next #1 rated beer*
    2. Focal Banger *Right behind The Heady*
    3. Julius *The Massachusetts Alchemist*
    4. Kiwi Risi *Very Underrated*
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  39. esetter

    esetter Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2014 Tennessee

    Stone Xocoveza
  40. chipawayboy

    chipawayboy Pooh-Bah (1,905) Oct 26, 2007 Massachusetts
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    Under the wire. Bottled the 28th. Spectacular.
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