It's safe to say that we've tasting some great beers this year. We've tasted beers from all over the globe, from the East Coast to the West Coast, and from Chile to Canada. The beers have been all over the spectrum -- bold IPAs that have grown a cult-like following, aged kriek, collaboration ales, quadrupel ales, and more. It's hard to narrow down our list of the most memorable tastings from the last year, but we'll continue to hunt down the best beers to share with you. (It's a rough job, but someone's got to do it.)
Our best 2 O'Clock Tastings from 2013:
Is this "the best damn IPA in Portland?" Gigantic Brewing Co. says it is. The Oregon brewing company goes above and beyond the traditional flagship brews by producing a range of eclectic seasonal brews, including the Hellion Belgian-Style Strong Pale Ale. We enjoyed the creativity and thought behind each of Gigantic's brews.
There's a reason that Stillwater Artisanal Ales has become a household name for beer lovers. Known for its Belgian-style farmhouse ales and saisons, Stillwater showed us how a saison could in fact be big, bold, and different.
We took a detour in Asheville, NC to visit the good people at Wedge Brewing Company, who blew us away with their impressive range of styles and flavors. A smooth-bodied Oatmeal Stout? Check. A sweet yet drinkable Pale Ale? Check. A Strong Golden Ale? Check. There's nothing that this little brewery can't do.
This Canadian brewery specializes in big, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned brews. We still can't get over that thick, syrupy Oatmeal Stout and the boozy but balanced Scotch Ale.
This St. Louis brewery has captured our hearts once again: paired with some of our favorite cheeses, Perennials' lineup of beers swept us off our feet. A yeasty, apricot-like Belgian ale with a goat's milk cheese, a wheat wine ale with an Italian sheep's milk cheese, and a maple-roasted squash Brown Ale with a blue cheese? Our memories of Perennial's beers are still sweet.