Monday, February 12, 2007

50 Beers to Try Before You Die

Our friends over at The Brew Site have been busy compiling a list of beers that a true beer lover should try at least once. Now that the final installment has been posted we offer the list for your enjoyment.

American West Coast (Part 1)

1. Anchor Steam
2. Widmer Hefeweizen
3. Shakespeare Stout
4. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
5. Alaskan Smoked Porter

European Icons (Part 2)

6. Celebrator Doppelbock
7. Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
8. Lindemans Framboise Lambic
9. Guinness Extra Stout
10. Pilsner Urquell

Extreme Beers (Part 3)

11. Samichlaus
12. Cave Creek Chili Beer
13. 90 Minute IPA
14. Midas Touch Golden Elixir
15. Samuel Adams Utopias

United Kingdom (Part 4)

16. Young's Bitter
17. Fuller's London Porter
18. Theakston Old Peculier
19. Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale
20. Orkney SkullSplitter

Belgian (Part 5)

21. Saison Dupont
22. Jenlain Original French Ale
23. St. Bernardus Witbier
24. Rodenbach Grand Cru
25. Trappistes Rochefort 8

American East Coast (Part 6)

26. Sam Adams Boston Lager
27. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
28. Victory Prima Pils
29. Black Radish Dark Lager
30. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

German (Part 7)

31. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
32. Reissdorf Kölsch
33. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
34. Köstritzer Schwarzbier
35. Aventinus

"On the scene" picks (Part 8)

36. Düsseldorf, Germany: Altbier
37. Belgium: Lambic
38. Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest
39. Burton upon Trent, England: Bitter (and others)
40. Portland, Oregon: Varied

Around the World (Part 9)

41. Sapporo (Japan)
42. Sheaf Stout (Australia)
43. Flying Horse Royal Lager (India)
44. Singha (Thailand)
45. Baltika Porter (Russia)

The Final Five (Part 10)

46. Arrogant Bastard Ale
47. Style: Sahti (Finnish)
48. Style: Kvass (Russian)
49. Homebrew
50. Your local brewery's beer

All in all a fine list indeed. As there are a few brews we haven't yet tried (mostly from Parts 7, 8 and 10) we need to get busy tracking these untasted nectars down. After all, life is short and it looks like trips to Germany and the West Coast are in order.

Thanks to The Brew Site for putting the list together.


  1. Thanks for the pointer! I was a fun series to write.

    And, if you have any suggestions of your own for this list, write 'em up and I'll point to them.

  2. Anonymous6:02 AM

    This list sucks hard!

  3. BobbleHeadGeorge10:40 PM


    Treating the U.S. like only the two coasts brew beer? ignoring Frankziskaner? I you want a chocolate stout, go for Young's, not Brooklyn.

    Also, not that it should be on the top 50, but if you can get it. Shiner Bock, Hoegaarden, St. Arnold's Crystal Wheat, Frankziskaner Dunkel.