Best Beers of 2018

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  1. Sammy

    Sammy Poo-Bah (15,454) Dec 1, 2003 Canada (ON)
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    Well, in the 1400 beers I have had this year, I have enjoyed the famous and the new. The bland and the wild. The darkest and the fizzy yellow. Thick elixir and watery.

    Best beers of the year (* CAD notable)

    Avery Raspberry Sour
    a couple of different vintages and blends of Rodenbach Alexanders that made their way to Canada
    Baladin Xyauyù Birra Da Divano Riserva Teo Musso
    Wild Barrel - Cherry Bomb
    Stone City Session Ale *
    Tree House Haze
    Sloop Galaxy Haze
    Barrel culture Game Over (Apricot, Mango, Peach)
    Barncat Raspberry Juice *
    Tiliquin Quetche Ancien

    Best new places visited:
    Side Project, St L
    Other Half, NYC
    Best Damn Beer Shop, SD
    Wine and Cheese Shop, St L
    Urge Gastropub, SD
    33rd best - Arabella Park, Kitchener *
  2. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Poo-Bah (1,887) Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
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    Holy Hell...1400 beers is incredible! I managed to get about 340 in this year, and there were also a few that stood out:

    Hill Farmstead Aaron may be the best I had all year. As a lover of barleywine (who isn't really?) this one topped the year for me.

    I also had a few other gems, most of which were American...and also from Vermont. Lawson's Double Sunshine was a winner for me, as was HF Society and Solitude #5.

    From California came Firestone Walker Sucaba, and Stone's Fyodor.

    My top Canadian beer was Driftwood's Singularity.

    Now I am nowhere Sammy's level, but I think I did manage to have a few good beverages in 2018. There might even be a few more before the new year.

    I'm hoping 2019 will be as good, or even better than this year.

    Happy New Year!
  3. CurtisD

    CurtisD Devotee (445) Aug 16, 2012 Canada (NB)

    Tried approx 270 new beers this year, not bad for living in Atlantic Canada. It’s slowed down over the years as I’ve gradually sampled everything the government monopoly puts on the shelf. So thanks to CanBIF for hooking me up with a lot of new brews.

    More on topic, best beer for me in 2018 was Bourbon County....finding a Total Wine while in Florida was a relavation.
  4. taxandbeerguy

    taxandbeerguy Poo-Bah (3,361) Jul 12, 2013 Canada (ON)

    Only 200 new beers in 2018, about 50-80 fewer than my running average. Lots of great ones though the best being:

    Rodenbach Caractere Rouge
    Rodenbach 2016 Vintage Oak Aged Ale (Barrel 201)
    Collective Arts IPA No. 7
    Bouelvard Whiskey Barrel Stout
    Collective Arts IPA No. 5
    Founders Backwoods Bastard
    Brasserie de L'Abbaye du Val-Dieu Grand Cru
    Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock
    Unibroue La Terrible (on my wants list for 5 years)
    Unibroue 25 Anniversaire
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  5. polloenfuego

    polloenfuego Poo-Bah (1,887) Jan 26, 2013 Canada (NB)
    Society Trader time you want some Unibroue just let me know...the Ottawa hull area is lousy with it
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  6. wordemupg

    wordemupg Poo-Bah (4,292) Feb 11, 2009 Canada (AB)
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    Had a good year all wise these bad boys topped my list......

    New All Time Personal Top 50's
    Darkest Hour (Oaked with Coffee & Cascara) 4.62
    Fundamental Observation 4.6 (got it in before midnight on NYE)
    CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) 4.58 just another shelf turd in Alberta, LOL.....
    Atrial Rubicite 4.56
    Never Never Again Again 4.55
    Nocturn Chrysalis 4.54

    Top 100 all time.....
    Bourbon Paradise 4.53
    Omniscience & Proselytism 4.51
    Quadruple Barrel Big Bad Baptist 4.51
    Aurelian Lure 4.49
    Bière De Syrah 4.49
    Trademark Dispute: Hazelnut 4.49
    Tweak 4.49

    Gotta thank Kevin for the bulk of these!!! cheers dude!!

  7. TheHammer

    TheHammer Poo-Bah (1,614) Feb 15, 2009 Canada (ON)

    Unibroue - À Tout Le Monde won this year for me with 4.22

    However for the most part, I didn't get as many reviews done this year, nor did I find anything that broke into my top 25. However, here's my list of offerings that earned 4 or more.

    Collective Arts - Jam up the Mash
    Wellington - Rhubarb Saison
    New Limburg - Dubbel
    Sidelaunch - Dry Hopped Sour
    Sawdust City - Sugar Pants
    Cameron's - Where the Buffalo Roam
    Grain & Grit - Main Squeeze
    Belhaven - Speyside Oak Aged Blonde
    William Street Beer Co. - North Shore Blonde Ale
    Grain & Grit - Bright Side
    New Limburg - Belgian Blonde
    New Limburg - Quad
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  8. Coronaeus

    Coronaeus Poo-Bah (1,892) Apr 21, 2014 Canada (ON)
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    Top 5 new beers to me this year:

    Cantillon Carignan at Witchstock. I think I had three pours. Just fantastic.

    New Glarus Serendipity. Just made it Onto the list as I had it on New Year’s Eve. One of the best fruit beers I’ve had the pleasure of drinking. Amazing.

    J Wakefield Miami Madness. The surprise beer from JW at Witchstock. Another amazing fruit sour. Loved it.

    Cantillon Vigneronne. Another from Witchstock. Must go again next year. I had so many great pours there.

    Tree House Super Typhoon. Best Tree House to date for me by a decent margin.

    Tied for 5th is Suarez Palatine Pils. Best Pils I’ve ever had. I need more Suarez..

    2018 was a great year for beer for me. I think counting pours at festivals and flights, I tried almost 400 new beers.

    My favorite local for 2018 was Raspberry Jelly King from Bellwoods. My favorite beer from the Motley Cru release event too. Almost as god in the bottle.

    2019 is already off to a good start with Bottle Logic/Great Notion Paisley Cave Complex in first place so far and Half Hours Alpha Orionis as top local.

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  9. yasky

    yasky Disciple (386) Dec 21, 2008 Canada (ON)

    A few on my honour roll: Side Project Balaton, Henniker King Misanthrope, Hill's Florence Puncheon, Schramm's Smile of Fortune..... Got lucky at a couple tastings stateside and was able to knock off a couple bigger Hill's and a few different bottlings of St Lam.

    In terms of Canadian stuff I really dug the stout I had from Albion (don't remember which one it was but was very solid). Collective Arts IPA 5, and Badlands Distorted Re-ale-ity were regulars for me when they were available.
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  10. Jerk_Store

    Jerk_Store Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2015 Canada (QC)

    My top 10 overall:

    1. Drie Fonteinen - Oude Gueuze Vintage 2014
    2. Cantillon - 50N-4E Armagnac
    3. Kane - Sunday Brunch
    4. Cantillon - Lambic d'Aunis
    5. Half Hours on Earth - Blue Thunder
    6. Treehouse - Sap
    7. Jester King - Spon 5
    8. Half Hours on Earth - The Edge of Forever
    9. Hill Farmstead - Barrel Aged Dorothy
    10. Hill Farmstead - Society & Solitude #8

    Top 10 Canadian:

    1. Half Hours on Earth - Blue Thunder
    2. Half Hours on Earth - The Edge of Forever
    3. Dominion City x Bar Lupulus - Needless Luxury
    4. Auval - Gaspésie Sauvage
    5. Burdock - BUMO 5
    6. Dieu du Ciel! - Péché Latte
    7. Le Castor - Saison Rayée
    8. Brasserie du Bas-Canada - HYPA 8
    9. Burdock - BUMO 4
    10. Tooth and Nail - Fortississimo
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  11. LampertLand

    LampertLand Poo-Bah (3,208) Nov 2, 2011 Canada (BC)

    Only 128 new beers in 2018 and the top 5 were
    Firestone Walker 'Helldorado'
    Central City 'Thors Hammer'
    Bellwoods 'Skeleton Key'
    Founders 'KBS'
    Trois Mousquetaires 'GC Porter Baltique Bourbon'
    Honourable mention :wink: Driftwood 'Fat Tug IPA' in cans
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