This year, in the June issue, Wine Enthusiast was proud to introduce its Beer Buying Guide—equal parts acknowledgement of the craft brewer’s movement and a means to satisfy strong hints on the part of readers and staff.
As a result, our Best of Year issue also welcomes a new member to our Top Wines and Spirits lists, the Top 25 Beers of 2009.
The beers listed here represent the most diverse and dynamic offerings that were tasted this year. They are beers that offer extraordinary quality at prices that still represent affordable luxury.
In compiling this list, I had to go beyond simple evaluation of numeric scores and pricing and also consider availability, buzz and balance. With so many selections currently available to the American beer consumer, it was important to showcase a wide range of styles produced in various countries and regions at all price points. From classic styles like American lagers and wheat beers to newer, more experimental styles such as American wild ales, this list demonstrates both the beauty and craftsmanship of a traditionally brewed beer as well as the excitement and cutting-edge adventure of the craft brewing scene today.
So hoist your steins and discover the best that this year’s reviews had to offer.
To view and download our Top 25 Beers of 2009, click here.