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...
|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|
|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|
|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!
|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|
|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 R√©serve)||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)||Tr√∂egs Brewing Company||4.05||105|
|28||Stone IPA||Stone Brewing Co.||4.03||233|
|29||Double Bastard 2013||Stone Brewing Co.||4.03||100|