During a year that none of us will forget, the brewing industry continued on its path of creativity and innovation with each new beer release.
As taprooms limited capacity, bars closed and draught lines dried up, beer drinking was done increasingly at home. In response, many breweries launched delivery services, offered curbside pickups or expanded distribution to retail outlets, all of which made it easier than ever to keep your beer fridge stocked. And with more than 8,000 breweries in the country, there are seemingly endless options for your next beer.
America’s craft brewing industry remains IPA focused, both by customer demand and brewers’ enthusiasm for producing the style. This year, however, there was also a noticeable increase in the amount of lagers, as well as a wealth of experimentation with traditional beer styles and infusion of fruits or other specialty ingredients.
The following list is a showcase of the top beers tasted in 2020. It’s packed with satisfying sips, pleasurable pints and an array of flavorful, crushable cans from around the country, with a price point to meet every budget.
Get your favorite glass and get ready to drink along as we toast the fine ales and lagers that inspired and delighted us. —John Holl