A ‘Definitive’ Guide to the Best Beer of 2016

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Ask friends and family. Look around the Internet. Talk to a stranger on the street. It seems just about everyone is over 2016.

But it wasn’t all bad, right? We drank some good beer.

With start of a new year, it’s time to reflect on the great ales and lagers we enjoyed in 2016. Just kidding. It’s only IPAs and imperial stouts.

What has become an annual tradition, I’ve compiled a collection of “best” American beer lists as a way to better determine some ground breaking brands found across the country. For all the subjectivity that goes into creating lists to rank our favorite movies, TV shows and more, I try to find some objective consensus to provide a clearer view of what pleased the palate of drinkers.

To do this, I found a collection of 15 “best beer” lists from a variety of sources, from social media to prominent magazines. Criteria for selection was simple: a list had to focus on 2016 releases (new beers or new, annual brews) with a preference toward a wide geographic representation.

That left me with 155 total beers to analyze with several clearly separating themselves as 2016’s best.

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A Winter Tale: February 2015 Beertography


February has almost gone by, which means it’s time for my monthly roundup of beertography.

As the grip of Old Man Winter took hold of North Carolina this month, it left me with something different for February’s collection: a theme.

So below you’ll find some of my recent photos celebrating several weeks in something akin to a winter wonderland. But, you know, with beer.

In addition to what you see here, you may also have come across photos on my Instagram page, Twitter account or even Untappd. If you like these, you can find all beertography on Instagram or in my running archive.

Let’s see what February had to offer…

Brueprint Midnight Brue – Night Comes Early


A strong stout only seems fitting for frigid weather, until…

Troegs Blizzard of Hops – The Accumulation

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Which satisfies until things get ugly…

Great Lakes Blackout Stout – Drinking in the Dark

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The only thing left to do, as the cold creeps in and saps your warmth, is to pack it in and pack it on…

Wicked Weed Indulgence – Hibernation Libation

web-wicked weed-indulgence-sour beer-tart-asheville-beer-beertography-photo-pictureWhile we can blame a rodent for our never-ending winter, I wish you and yours warmth, merriment and something nice to sip by a fire…


Here’s hoping March is just as fruitful as the last few weeks. As always, you can go back to see previous beertography posts:

+Bryan Roth
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac

What I’m Doing on My Summer Vacation: July 2014 Beertography


It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for my regular roundup of beertography from the last few weeks.

Below you’ll find some of my recent shots, which you may also come across on my Instagram page, Twitter account or even Untappd. If you like these, you can find all of my beertography shots on Instagram or in my running archive.

All my shots are taken with my iPhone 5 unless otherwise noted. The space where I shoot my photos – around the house – offers somewhat limited opportunities for pretty backdrops, which is why I try to get inventive with my photo ideas.

Let’s see what July had to offer…

Wicked Weed Brewing Black Angel – Heaven Sent

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Stillwater/Westbrook Big Tasty’s Back Door – Time to Get Funky

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21st Amendment Monk’s Blood – Praying to Gods of Fermentation

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Palmetto Brewery Pale Ale – A Day Gone Bye

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Left Hand Brewing Wake Up Dead – Rise and Shine

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As always, you can go back to see previous beertography posts:

+Bryan Roth
“Don’t drink to get drunk. Drink to enjoy life.” — Jack Kerouac