What were your favorite beers in 2022?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Todd, Dec 30, 2022.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Out of all of the beers you had in 2022, let's hear some of your favorites!

    Me: All (more or less) of the Oktoberfest Märzens and Festbiers that I had this year. And Celebration Fresh Hop IPA, of course.
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  2. budsNpils

    budsNpils Pooh-Bah (2,032) Aug 6, 2021 Texas
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    Side Pull Czech style pils - Fair State Brewing Co-op / Bierstadt collab

    Jerzy Polish style lager - Celestial Beerworks

    Wizard Off the Payroll New Zealand style pils - Celestial Beerworks

    Split Aces IPA - Alesmith / Revision collab

    King Al DIPA - Equilibrium / Toppling Goliath

    Double Yellow Rose - Lone Pint Brewery

    Sip of Sunshine DIPA - Lawson's

    Pacific Magic IPA - North Coast Brewing

    Had a lot of tasty beers this year. These are the 1s that stood out for me. I drank around a case or more of most of these. 2 of em I only had a few pints tho.
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  3. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

  4. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Grand Pooh-Bah (4,271) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I detect a Main Line/West Philly Suburb bias! :stuck_out_tongue:
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania


    Nothing better than high quality and fresh beer!:beers:

  6. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Grand Pooh-Bah (4,271) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Lots of good beer this year. My favorite of all time, Heady Topper, was my most consumed and still tops my list of favorite beers. Nothing beats it. Besides that, here are some other notable beers:

    de Garde - Lee Kriek
    Tree House - Trailbreaker
    Tree House - At Ease
    Notch - Altbier
    pFriem - Pilsner
    Civil Society - Fresh Comets
    The Veil - Personvl Personvl Spvce Spvce
    La Cumbre - Elevated IPA
    Cloudwater - When You Are With Friends You Could Have A Potato
    Kohola - Talk Story
    Anchorage - Blessed
    Forest & Main - Sundial
    NEBCO - G-bot
    Bellwoods - Cat Lady
    Root + Branch - Bloodless II
    Jester King - Atrial Rubicide

    Probably forgetting a bunch but I will revise as I go through my memory and written records.
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  7. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    What!?! :astonished:

    No locals!?! :confused:

  8. The_Kriek_Freak

    The_Kriek_Freak Grand Pooh-Bah (4,271) Aug 18, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Ouch, you are correct, not as many as I thought. I guess I did include a Forest and Main, and I have to admit that pretty much everything I have from Human Robot is great. But as far as the Main Line is concerned it's true that not much has impressed me, with the exception of some Tired Hands beers that have been tweaked to taste like the old days.
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  9. zid

    zid Grand Pooh-Bah (3,036) Feb 15, 2010 New York
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    My favorite new-to-me beer drinking experience in 2022 might have been Tynt Meadow.
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  10. tobelerone

    tobelerone Grand Pooh-Bah (3,984) Dec 1, 2010 New Jersey
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    Being a barleywine fanatic Pohjala triple barrel was my favorite and most memorable beer of 2022, and I also really liked Kane’s stacking casks #8. I don’t drink many “sours” anymore but Hudson Valley Brewery’s Glycerin with Blackberry and peach was about as good as it gets for a fruited sour that’s not a vintage Lou Pepe Cantillon. Hard to pick a top hoppy beer but I see I gave top marks to Equilibrium and vitamin sea’s batch 3 collaboration. I also had a super fresh Iaced in space from other half last night and as the young folks say, shit was bomb.
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  11. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (4,896) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Rodenbach - Alexander
    TG - KBBS & Assassin
    New Glarus - Raspberry Tart & Kühler
    Einstök - Icelandic Wee Heavy
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  12. BigIronH

    BigIronH Grand Pooh-Bah (3,526) Oct 31, 2019 Michigan
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    I’m sure it was something from a local brewery that no one knows or cares about. Cheers.
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  13. richOutsidePhilly

    richOutsidePhilly Devotee (309) Jan 27, 2021 Pennsylvania

    I'm seeing more of an Austro-Hungarian Empire bias.
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  14. Gkruszewski

    Gkruszewski Grand Pooh-Bah (4,273) Nov 1, 2013 New York
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    Fort Point Pale Ale - Galaxy Dry Hopped
    Trillium Brewing Company
  15. richOutsidePhilly

    richOutsidePhilly Devotee (309) Jan 27, 2021 Pennsylvania

    Lawsons Triple Sunshine
    Bells Mars
    Gouden Carolus Christmas

    Local Bros:
    Iron Hill Kryptonite
    Iron Hill Grand Inquisitor

    Semi- local:
    Carton 077xx
    Carton Regular Coffee

    Whew. Where did this year go?
  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Grand Pooh-Bah (3,069) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania


    Did you watch the video podcast of the CBC dudes for this beer?

  17. LesDewitt4beer

    LesDewitt4beer Grand Pooh-Bah (3,114) Jan 25, 2021 Minnesota
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    2022 high scoring reviews from me. Remarkable brews:
    Summit Twins Pils
    The Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter
    Narragansett Fresh Catch Citra Session Ale
    Destil Deadhead IPA Series Tourbus ddh Hazy IPA
    Schilling Landbier Rustic Lager
    Hofbrauhaus Freising Festbier
    HammerHeart Thor's Fury Returns Imp Porter
    Maine Beer Co MO American Pale Ale
    Maine Beer Co Wolfe's Neck IPA
    Maine Beer Co Lunch American IPA
    Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Cherry Wood Stout
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  18. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Every year sly fox oktoberfest and helles rule.

    Yards did a super fruity kolsch but I know for a fact that it was put in the same bright tank as the orange mango Seltzer previously and there was some lingering effects so that was a pretty strange one
  19. ATL6245

    ATL6245 Pooh-Bah (2,538) Aug 16, 2018 Georgia
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    Only Memories Remain Dark Czech Lager - Good Word Brewing (GA)

    Stet Altbier - Fox Farm Brewery (CT)

    Trappiste Rochefort 10 Quad

    Isabella Hefeweizen - Good Word Brewing (GA)

    Common Ground Kolsch - Bold Monk Brewery (GA)

    Blood Orange Hoprodisiac DIPA - Akademia Brewing Co.

    Dunkel Platz Munich Dunkel - Round Trip Brewing (GA)

    Hofbrau Festbier

    Weihenstephaner Helles
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  20. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,978) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Not too many beers from 2022 cracked my all-time favorite list, but a few did:

    Kane Double Double Cask from the BA box last year

    Anniversary 10 from River North

    Paragon from Lervig
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  21. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets Grand Pooh-Bah (3,260) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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    It was the year of high ABV stouts for me. Standouts include Jackie O’s Chemesthesis and Bells Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Expedition.
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  22. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Grand Pooh-Bah (3,520) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Like Riding a Bike - IPA from Urban Roots
    Pale Ale - from Madewest were both excellent new to me entries in some of my favorite styles.
    Haze - IPA from Treehouse was a nice window into why that style and that brewer is so beloved.
    Best Bitter - from Machine House was excellent despite what was a slightly older bottle. A nice reminder of why a style like that could become such a cultural icon. I could've drank it by the gallon easily.
    And I guess I'd finish it off with Parabaloid - BA stout from Firestone-Walker. Absolutely blew me away as a display of the transcendent places that some barrel time can take a beer
  23. beer_beer

    beer_beer Pooh-Bah (1,915) Feb 13, 2018 Finland
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    Don't know what it was, but Santa Clausthaler was really high up there.
  24. DIM

    DIM Grand Pooh-Bah (3,772) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    My top 5-

    2 from Kane, Double Double Cask and Stacking Casks #8

    2 from Revolution VSOJ and VSOR (thank you @FBarber !)

    Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, 4 year aged

    Looking at this list, all 3 of these breweries are pretty reasonably priced. Good to know!
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  25. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,159) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Here's my post in a similar 'Favorites' thread in the Midwest forum. Just giving some love to a Michigan brewery that I'll be checking out further once traveling weather arrives.

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  26. turfy

    turfy Maven (1,276) Mar 17, 2010 Texas

    Limited mine to first tastes

    saison - Hill Farmstead

    Cellarmaker saison - Sante Adairius

    Alpha Hop Society: Barrel Aged Nectarine Blond - Sierra Nevada

    Alpha Hop Society: Barrel Aged Blueberry Maple Stout - Sierra Nevada

    Zenos Pale Ale: Lone Pint

    Mutant X: Oskar Blues
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  27. DefenCorps

    DefenCorps Grand Pooh-Bah (4,362) Jan 18, 2007 Oregon
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    In no particular order :
    Hair of the Dog Adam From the Wood (8 year version)
    HotD Maple Adam
    HotD 2010 Doggie Claws
    HotD Fred From the Wood (6 year bourbon barrel version)
    HotD Don 2022
    Side Project Beer:Barrel:Time
    Moonlight Reality Czeck
    North Park Brewing Co. Triple-Fu!
    Von Ebert FH Volatile Substance
    Cellarmaker Works and Days
    Suarez Palatine Pils
    Wild East Ramble Helles
    Private Press Second Press
    Honorable mention to FH IPAs from Breakside and Single Hill
    #28 DefenCorps, Dec 31, 2022
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2022
  28. Amendm

    Amendm Pooh-Bah (2,093) Jun 7, 2018 Rhode Island
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    I gave my first two perfect scores this year to Brauerei Heller-Trum, if anything better comes along, I'll put 5+ in my review.

    Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

    Urbock Rauchbier avg. 4.14/me 5 +20.8%

    Märzen Rauchbier avg. 4.06/me 5 +23.2%

    Some other highlights:

    The Chosen One
    Tilted Barn Brewer, NEIPA avg. 4.45/me 4.44 -0.2%

    Schilling Beer Co., European Pale Lager avg. 4.08/me 4.51 +10.5%

    Schilling Beer Co., European / Dortmunder Export Lager avg.3.98/me 4.28 +7.5%

    Heady Topper
    The Alchemist, Imperial IPA avg. 4.71/me 4.74 +0.6%

    Maine Beer Company, American IPA avg. 4.38/me 4.43 +1.1%

    Trappist Tripel
    Brouwerij Westmalle, Tripel avg. 4.3/me 4.69 +9.1%

    Pernicious IPA
    Wicked Weed Brewing, American IPA avg. 4.21/me 4.67 +10.9%

    Notch Brewing, Festbier / Wiesnbier avg. 4.14/me 4.31 +4.1%

    Big Hoppy
    Lawson's Finest Liquids, Black IPA avg. 4.02/me 4.02 0%

    Happy New Year's Eve!
    I'll see some of you tonight on WBAYDN after things settle down.
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  29. bubseymour

    bubseymour Grand Pooh-Bah (4,374) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    I had a very fortunate 2022, with vacation travels to all the best that Vermont & NH breweries have to offer, and of course I pit-stopped at Tree House to mule home alot of beer as well. But some other more pedestrian beers that caught me by surprise in 2022:

    Sam Adams Festbier - I really enjoyed this beer and probably the best from Sam Adams I've had in quite a while

    Sam Adams Cold IPA - Doesn't get much love here in the BA ratings, but the flavor profile just struck me nicely from this beer

    Big Sky Brewing Moose Drool - vacationed in Montana this summer and finally got to try one of these brown ales that I've read about on BA for over a decade. It's worth the hype (well I don't think it gets much hype these days, but its a darn good brown ale).
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  30. jts211

    jts211 Pundit (803) Aug 5, 2018 Pennsylvania
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  31. mickyge

    mickyge Grand Pooh-Bah (3,871) Nov 1, 2014 Massachusetts
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    I had a few I really enjoyed this year

    Luscious Russian Imperial Stout

    Jjjuiceee Project Galaxy +Galaxy Imperial IPA
    Tree House

    Crushhh NEIPA
    Naukabout Brewery ( nice people, nice beer)

    Dorks of Hazard NEIPA
    Hoof Hearted

    Dot Ave Imperial IPA

    HyperSurface AIPA
    HOMES Brewery

    And my favorite of the year
    DDDoublegangerrr Imperial IPA
    Tree House
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  32. carolinabeerguy

    carolinabeerguy Pooh-Bah (1,919) Oct 10, 2005 North Carolina
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    Lesser Known’s The 12 Czech-style pale lager. Hands down.
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  33. Spade

    Spade Maven (1,392) Mar 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Yards Poor Richard's Tavern Spruce Ale
    Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
    Lancaster Double Chocolate Milk Stout
    Starview Brews Chickies Rock Cream Ale
    Suburban Interstellar Keller
    Yuengling Lord Chesterfield
    Cape May Honey Porter
    Pelican Mother Of All Storms
    Früh Kölsch
    Suburban Barrel Aged Lights Out Stout
    Suburban Barrel Aged Willy Scottish Ale
    Iron Hill Solzhenitsyn 2019
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Iron Hill Iron Huell Pils
    Kane Double Double Cask
  34. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets Grand Pooh-Bah (3,260) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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    I probably should have added Ghost Proton to my list. Really good. Cheers!
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  35. jcoleMA66

    jcoleMA66 Savant (1,224) May 16, 2015 Massachusetts

    Lots of great beers this year and I have a pretty long list of ones that made a big impression on me. For the most part, I stayed pretty local in New England region this year so there are an embarrassing number of Hill Farmstead and Tree House beers on the list, along with a lopsided amount of imperial/BA stouts. I like what I like... But I did make a point to get back to lagers, especially for onsite pours.

    • Hill Farmstead Aaron - Cognac/Bourbon (Barleywine)
    • Barreled Souls Put a Bird on It - 13 yr. Barton Barrel Aged (Imp. Stout)
    • Barreled Souls Members Only #4 (Imp. Stout)
    • Hill Farmstead Earl Bourbon Barrel Aged (Oatmeal Stout)
    • Barreled Souls Just Here for the Churros (Imp. Stout)
    • Tree House Very Hhhazyyy (DIPA)
    • Tree House Single Shot - Pablo & Eva (Milk Stout)
    • Hill Farmstead Dorothy (Wine Barrel-aged) - N. Hemisphere (Farmhouse Ale)
    • Goose Island Bourbon County 30th Anniversary (Imp. Stout)
    • Tree House Nascent Truth (Elijah Craig Barrels) (Imp. Stout)
    • Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen Homage (Lambic)
    • Tree House Tree of Bliss (Barleywine)
    • Bissell Brothers A Long Dusk (Wild Ale)
    • Kent Falls Foeder Hollow Pilsner
    • Tree House Trail - Nelson (Pilsner-side pull)
  36. TheeWarPig

    TheeWarPig Zealot (514) Sep 30, 2015 Michigan

    In no particular order......

    1. Tree of Tranquility
    2. Death Mettle
    3. Vanilla Bean Truth
    4. The Greenest Green
    5. Incredible Machine
  37. beergoot

    beergoot Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,589) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Three specific ones (based my overall rating scores):
    1. Fonta Flora Brewery -- Razzmatazz (Remix) (wild ale)
    2. WeldWerks Brewery -- Medianocha - Coconut (imperial stout)
    3. Bottle Logic Brewing -- Fundamental Observation (imperial stout)
    ...but for styles, there have been plenty of kölsch, pilsners, and cream ales that have hit the spot. - I love big beers, but lighter, lower ABV ones certainly are a huge pleasure..plus some old standbys such as Russian River's 'Pliny the Elder' and 'Blind Pig'...
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  38. ManBearPat

    ManBearPat Pooh-Bah (1,751) Dec 2, 2014 Colorado

    Just last week I was visiting my dad in Weaverville NC and happened to notice that I got the hours wrong for Zebulon with only an hour left (they have EXTREMELY limited hours) where they’d be open while I was in town.

    Took the 4 minute drive down the hill and picked up a few bottles… anywho their House Saison was absolutely divine. Super dry/kissed with Brett and I think it’s wild how the one that sticks out all year is this one… probably some recency bias, but still. Glad I got 2 and no one else in my family likes the style lulz
  39. jjamadorphd

    jjamadorphd Pooh-Bah (1,860) Jul 21, 2012 Florida
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    I had so many good and not-so-good this year, it's hard for me to pick one. I will mention that I focused a significant amount of my time this year on lagers. I discovered that a well made lager is something g hard to come by, but once you do, it is truly an enjoyable experience. Easy drinking with true flavor. Something I might continue to do into 2023...