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The New Years Beer In Numbers

Eno Sarris, January 02, 2014 -   

Out with the old, in with the new year. May you be successful in all your future endeavors!

There was one last night of partying left in 2013, and beers were had. My New Years went something like: Russian River Temptation, Russian River Beatification, Dogfish Head Piercing Pils, Mikkeller Spontanale, Surrette Provision, AleSmith IPA, Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA, Ninkasi Total Domination, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Ridgeway Brewing Insanely Bad Elf, Founders Breakfast Stout, Peak Organic Espresso Amber, Champagne, good night. A taster session my friends were happy with.

What did you do?

By count, you drank a lot more Celebration Ale from Sierra Nevada than usual. That was the eighth-most soiffed beer on New Year's Eve, with Lagunitas Sucks right behind it. Fresh imperial pale ales are the best.

Seasonally, it's stout season, and the biggest movers in that style were Founders Breakfast Stout and Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island. Anchor's Christmas Ale isn't a stout, but it's of the season. Stone's Smoked Poter with Vanilla Bean was also a top-30 beer by number.

If you take the top 100 and sort by rating, you see that New Year's Eve is a time for drinking beers you saved for the occasion. Some BCBS vintages, Deschutes Abyss and Heady Topper, Zombie Dust and Pliny the Elder -- so sought after they don't need brewery names -- all rise to the sorting. Dirtwolf is a quick riser, 23rd-best rated among the top 100 in counts.

So, how did your lineup look in context? Doesn't matter at this point, but it is sort of fun to see where your story weaved in and out of the larger craft beer story.

First, the top 30 by count on NYE...

Num Beer Brewery Score Count
1 Guinness Draught Guinness 4.18 599
2 Samuel Adams Winter Lager Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) 3.54 557
3 Bud Light Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) 2.75 533
4 Miller Lite Miller Brewing Company 2.86 488
5 Coors Light Coors Brewing Company 2.72 438
6 Traditional Lager Yuengling Brewery 3.68 427
7 Heineken Heineken 3.18 419
8 Celebration Ale (2013) Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 3.87 407
9 Lagunitas Sucks - Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale Lagunitas Brewing Company 4.28 389
10 Fat Tire New Belgium Brewing Company 3.64 355
11 Samuel Adams Boston Lager Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) 3.53 354
12 Stella Artois Stella Artois (ABInBev) 3.36 344
13 Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) Pabst Brewing Company 2.97 333
14 Blue Moon Belgian White Coors Brewing Company 3.56 321
15 Pale Ale Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. 3.78 314
16 IPA Lagunitas Brewing Company 3.88 296
17 Breakfast Stout Founders Brewing Company 4.40 288
18 Corona Extra Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. 3.07 272
19 Budweiser Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) 2.71 270
20 Accumulation Winter White IPA New Belgium Brewing Company 3.71 268
21 Sculpin IPA Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits 4.26 241
22 Stone IPA Stone Brewing Co. 4.03 233
23 90 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 4.27 222
24 60 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 4.07 215
25 Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) Goose Island Beer Co. 4.69 212
26 Dale's Pale Ale Oskar Blues Brewery 3.92 211
27 Our Special Ale 2013 (Christmas Ale) Anchor Brewing Company 3.72 206
28 Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean Stone Brewing Co. 3.89 197
29 Newcastle Brown Ale John Smiths (Heineken) 3.74 195

and then the top 30 by rating within the top 100 by count. Have a good year!

Num Beer Brewery Score Count
1 Heady Topper The Alchemist Pub & Brewery 4.80 164
2 Zombie Dust Three Floyds Brewing Company 4.74 110
3 Pliny the Elder Russian River Brewing Company 4.71 174
4 Bourbon County Brand Stout (2013) Goose Island Beer Co. 4.69 212
5 Bourbon County Brand Stout Goose Island Beer Co. 4.64 175
6 Breakfast Stout Founders Brewing Company 4.40 288
7 Sucks Holiday Ale 2013 (Brown Shugga Substitute) Lagunitas Brewing Company 4.32 116
8 Abyss (2013) Deschutes Brewery 4.31 104
9 Double Jack Firestone Walker Brewing Company 4.30 117
10 Lagunitas Sucks - Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale Lagunitas Brewing Company 4.28 389
11 Abt 12 Brouwerij St. Bernardus 4.27 106
12 90 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 4.27 222
13 Sculpin IPA Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits 4.26 241
14 Stone Ruination IPA Stone Brewing Co. 4.18 122
15 Guinness Draught Guinness 4.18 599
16 La Fin Du Monde Unibroue 4.17 104
17 Jai Alai IPA Cigar City Brewing 4.17 130
18 Delirium Tremens Brouwerij Huyghe 4.15 123
19 Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout North Coast Brewing Company 4.11 131
20 A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale Lagunitas Brewing Company 4.10 165
21 Chimay Bleue (Grande Réserve) Bieres de Chimay 4.10 131
22 DirtWolf Victory Brewing Company 4.09 159
23 60 Minute IPA Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 4.07 215
24 Milk Stout Nitro Left Hand Brewing Company 4.07 159
25 Arrogant Bastard Ale Stone Brewing Co. 4.06 108
26 Mad Elf (2013) Tröegs Brewing Company 4.05 105
27 Punk IPA BrewDog 4.03 173
28 Stone IPA Stone Brewing Co. 4.03 233
29 Double Bastard 2013 Stone Brewing Co. 4.03 100
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