The Best Beers in America
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The 101 Best Beers in America

There's never been a better time to be a beer drinker. There's also never been a more confusing time. Over the past five years, the number of craft breweries has more than doubled, to nearly 3,500, cranking out countless new ales, lagers, porters, and stouts in all 50 states. The question, of course: Which ones should you drink? Men's Journal is on the case. For the past six months, we've been consulting with regional experts, quizzing the judges of best-beer contests, and soliciting favorites from the regulars at neighborhood microbreweries — and then selflessly sampling those recommendations ourselves.

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The result is the ultimate American beer tour — our picks for the best two beers in every state, plus one from Washington, D.C. That's 101 brews — from a Hawaiian porter brewed with coconut to a Kentucky strong ale aged in barrels straight off the bourbon trail to a Wisconsin sour beer steeped in local cherries. Our advice: try your own state's offerings first. "The number one thing always has been freshness — the fact that beer does not spend months from brewery to consumers glass," says Ray Daniels founder of the Cicerone program, the beer equivalent of a sommelier certification. "In the early 2000s still most American thought of beer as yellow and fizzy — today that's no longer true. People want to find something local and try it."

Contributors include:
Rick Ali, co-owner, Lone Star Beverage store, Dallas, Texas
Matt Allyn, associate editor of and author of The Brewer's Apprentice
Julie Attalah, co-owner, Bruisin Ales store, Asheville, North Carolina
Joshua Bernstein, author of 
The Complete Beer Course
Tony Collins, group bar manager, McNellie's Public House, throughout Oklahoma
Justin Crossley, owner, Hop Grenade bar, Concord, CA
Katherine Kyle, general manger, Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, New York
John Lane, founder, Winking Lizard beer bars, throughout Ohio
Matt Leff, founder, Rhizome Productions beer events, Tennessee
Rob Miller, owner, Goebel Liquor, Wichita, Kansas
Greg Norton, owner, Bier Cellar store, Portland, Maine
Chris Pagnotta, beer writer
Tom Peters, owner, Monk's Café, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Trevor Thomas, beer buyer, Bottleworks store, Seattle, Washington
Kraig Torres, owner, Hop City Craft Beer & Wine stores, Alabama and Georgia
Max Toste, beverage manager, Deep Ellum bar, Boston, Massachusetts

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