Brewpublic's Best of 2012


So, before we go to lengths to over-think this one, we are offering a number of “Best ofs” for 2012. Agree or disagree, we feel strongly that these beers are indisputably delicious and worthy of world class esteem. This is a fleeting list, so expect it to change on a monthly, weekly, daily, hourly, or even minutely basis. Cheers!

10 Best West Coast Wild Beers

Cascade Blueberry SourCascade Blueberry
Logsdon Peche N’ Brett
The Commons Plum Brett
Lost Abbey Red Poppy
Upright Blend Love
Block 15 Provisions
Ale Apothecary La Tache
Russian River Supplication
Russian River Toronado 25th Anniversary
The Commons Flemish Kiss

Top 10 IPAs

Ballast Point Sculpin IPABoneyard RPM IPA
Port Brewing Wipeout IPA
Breakside IPA
GoodLife Descender IPA
Laurelwood Workhorse IPA
Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude #5
Bear Republic Racer 5000
Pelican Silverspot IPA
Ballast Point Sculpin
Georgetown Brewing Lucille

Top 10 Imperial IPAs

Boneyard Hop Venom Double IPABoneyard Hop Venom
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Hopworks Ace of Spades
Iron Springs Casey Jones
Port Brewing Mongo
Knee Deep Hoptologist
Firestone Walker Double Jack
10 Barrel DUB
Berryessa Double Tap IPA with Brett and Pineapple
Stone Enjoy By 12.21.12

Top 10 Triple IPAs

Knee Deep Hop ShortageBoneyard Notorious
Russian River Pliny the Younger
Knee Deep Hop Shortage
Moylan’s Hopsickle
Knee Deep Simtra
New Belgium/Alpine Super IPA
Port Brewing Hop 15
Fort George Omega Tex
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary

Top 10 Stouts

Pike XXXXX Extra StoutHighwater Campfire Stout
Marin San Quentin Breakout Stout
Silver Moon Darkside Stout
Alesmith Speedway Stout
10 Barrel American Stout
Columbia River Stumbler’s Stout
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin
Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
Pike XXXXX Stout
GoodLife Pass Stout
Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout

Top 10 Barrel-Aged/Fermented Beers

Ovila Barrel-aged DubbelOvila Wine Barrel-Aged Dubbel
Oakshire Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
Ovila Brandy Barrel-Aged Quad
The Commons Brotherly Love
Upright Lactovasilios
Drake’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Jolly Roger Barleywine
Cascade Vlad the Imp Aler
Boneyard Bourbon Barrel-Aged Suge Knite
Upright Fantasia Barrel-Aged Five
Cascade Barrel-Aged Crude Diesel

Top 10 Oregon Breweries

The Commons brew team L to R: Sean Burke, Josh Grgas, Mike WrightThe Commons
10 Barrel
Barley Brown’s
Silver Moon

Top 10 Oregon Brewpubs

Block 15 Super NebulaBlock 15
Barley Brown’s
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Columbia River Brewing
Double Mountain

Top 10 Oregon Craft Beer Bars

Bailey's Taproom crewBailey’s Taproom
The Bier Stein
The BeerMongers
The Horse Brass
The Hop & Vine
Belmont Station
Plew’s Brews

Top 10 Oregon Bottle Shops

L to R: Chenin Cilurzo Carlton of Twist Wines, Sean Campbell of The BeerMongers, and Alex Ganum of Upright Brewing at Oregon Farmhouse Brewers Night on July 22, 2011The BeerMongers
Belmont Station
The Bier Stein
The Hop & Vine
Bridgetown Beerhouse
Hoppy Brewer
Broken Top Bottle Shop
Corvallis Brewing Supply

Top 10 Washington Breweries

Elysian's Dave Chappell and Dick Cantwell at Killer Pumpkin Fest 2012Elysian
Silver City
Naked City
Black Raven
Fremont Brewing
Walking Man
Foggy Noggin
Boundary Bay
Laht Neppur

Top 10 California Breweries

Russian RiverRussian River
Firestone Walker
Sierra Nevada
Pizza Port
Lost Abbey
Ale Smith
Green Flash
Iron Springs

Top 10 Oregon Craft Beer Towns

Portland, OregonPortland
Hood River
Pacific City

Top 10 West Coast German-style Sour

Golden Road Brewing Commons Killer Weiss
10 Barrel German Sparkle Party
Commons Berliner Weiss
Money Paw Monkey Gose Bananas
Burnside Wild Plum Gose
Golden Road Berliner Weiss
Upright Brewing Lactovasilios
Block 15 Berliner Weiss
Cascade Summer Gose
Sierra Nevada Anything Gose

Top 10 West Coast Lagers

Trumer PilsTrumer Pils
Moonlight Death & Taxes
Columbia River Paddler’s Porter
Silver Moon Bridge Creek Pils
Southern Oregon Na Z’dravi
Iron Springs Czeckered Past Pils
Upright Engelberg Pils
Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
Iron Springs Oktoberfest

Top 10 West Coast Session Beers (< 5% ABV)

Solera Peche BierTrumer Pils
Iron Springs Election Session
Solera Pêche Bier
Coalition Wu Cream
The Commons Berliner Weiss
It Takes a Lot of Great Beer to Make Great Wine
Dying Vines Hop Candi
Brewers Union Local #180 Tastes Like Chicken
Magnolia Kalifornia Kolsch
Moonlight Reality Czeck Pils

Top 10 Beers of 2012

Trumer PilsTrumer Pils
Moonlight Reality Czeck
Cascade Blueberry Sour Ale
The Commons Berliner Weiss
10 Barrel German Sparkle Party
Russian River Pliny the Elder
Upright Lactovasilios
Marin Bluebeery Ale
Monkey Paw Monkey Gose Bananas
The Commons Plum Brett
Chuckanut Kolsch