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The 100 Best Beers in the World
We present, in no particular order, the absolute best beers you can drink right now. These ales and lagers represent the breadth and creativity within the beer world, recognizing both groundbreaking new beers and well-loved classics. Our veteran beer writers reached out to luminaries in the craft brewing world for nominations. Then to whittle the list down to an even 100, we took into account quality control, innovation, and, major awards at the Great American Beer Fest and World Beer Cup.
To ensure you can actually find and enjoy these heavenly brews, we eliminated one-off batches and limited the list to beer sold in America and available on shelves and taps beyond the brewery. Our team also balanced entries from the stylistic families of beer — pilsners, wild ales, stouts, to name a few of the 23 official, judged styles — to ensure this wasn't just a list of IPAs, America's most popular craft brew. Consider this a to-drink list for year ahead.
(Contributors include: Matt Allyn, associate editor of MensJournal.com and author of The Brewer's Apprentice; Joshua Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course; Greg Engert, beer director at Washington D.C.'s ChurchKey and Birch & Barley; Ted Kenny, owner of New York City's Top Hops; John Mallet, director of operations at Bell's Brewery; Dave McLean, owner and brewmaster at Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery; Lisa Morrison, manager at Portland, Oregon's Belmont Station; Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery; Chris Pagnotta, MensJournal.com beer writer; Michael Roper, owner of Chicago's Hopleaf; Rob Tod, brewmaster at Allagash Brewing; Scott Vacarro, owner and brewmaster at Captain Lawrence Brewing)
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– The Editors