If scanning our list of the best beers of 2010 tells you anything, it’s that the domestic craft beer movement is in full swing. The majority of beers submitted were domestic selections, representing the best beers in America, with a handful of European and South American samples to add international flavor. As a result, you'll see that the majority of the top beers hail from the States. This doesn't mean that there aren't fabulous beers from other countries, or that these 25 are the best beers in the world; it's just an indication of the geographic distribution of the beers reviewed this year.
Within the limits of what was tasted over the past year, we’ve tried to include beers that not only represent different countries and regions, but also a variety of styles. We had some killer categories this year (Stout, IPA, Barleywine, just to name a few) that racked up some truly outstanding scores, but not all of those top-scoring beers will appear in this list in the interest of fairly representing the diversity that exists in the beer world today. We also went beyond simple evaluation of numeric scores and pricing and also considered availability, buzz and balance. This year’s number one beer is a perfect example, combining high quality (96 points) with reasonable price and availability ($8/750 ml, available year round). Adding to its intrigue is the producer—a respected and established Belgian-style-focused brewery that has put their own spin on classic styles while pushing the boundaries of traditional techniques.
Hoist your steins and turn the page to discover the best that this year’s reviews had to offer. Prost! For the Top 25 Beers of 2010, click here.
For the most up to date Wine Enthusiast reviews, check out our 2010 guides for wines, spirits and our 2010 Vintage Chart: