Like the beers themselves, the Top 25 Beers list is all about balance. Sure, numeric scores and pricing play important roles, but of similar consideration is the representation of various brands, styles, countries, production sizes and overall product availability.
This list is not the top 25 beers of all time. Instead, it is a look at some of the most exciting selections tasted for our Beer Buying Guides over the past 12 months. The majority of beers submitted and reviewed were domestic, as the American craft-beer scene continues to thrive, though there are some stellar international bottlings included, echoing the growing interest in traditional, high-quality imports.
While many of the beers on the list have excellent distribution, there are a few items that might not be available across all states or are extremely limited in production. These are beer treasures that are definitely worth the hunt—there’s no shame in planning a getaway out of the desire to visit a buzzy beer market or hot brewery.
Be sure to check out our online Buying Guide to see what else was reviewed this year. But for now, cheers to the best that this year’s reviews had to offer.