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Zymurgy's 2013 Best Beers/ Breweries in America

by Jay Morris

According to the American Homebrewers Association Zymurgy readers have been asked to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States. 

Best Beers in the USA 

1. Russian River Pliny the Elder

2. Bell's Two Hearted Ale

3. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

4. Bell's Hopslam Ale

5. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA

6. Founders Breakfast Stout

7. Arrogant Bastard Ale

8. Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

T9. Lagunitas Sucks

T9. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

T9. Stone Ruination IPA

Several of my all time favorites are on this list including Bell's Hopslam, Bells two Hearted, Founders Breakfast Stout, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye. The full list on the AHA site has the top 50 beers, and gives me a list of news beers to try in 2013 

Brewery Rankings 

1. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.

2. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.

3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, Calif.

4. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.

5. Bell's Brewery, Kalamazoo, Mich.

6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.

7. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, Mich.

8. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif.

9. New Belgium Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.

10. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

11. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, Colo.

12. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.

13. Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, Colo.

14. Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, Colo.

15. Green Flash Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.

16. The Boston Beer Company, Boston, Mass.

17. Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Mo.

18. Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, Ill.

19. New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, Wis.

T20. Great Divide Brewing Company, Denver, Colo.

T20. Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.

22. Troegs Brewing Co., Hershey, Pa.

23. Great Lakes Brewing Company, Cleveland, Ohio

24. Victory Brewing Company, Downington, Pa.