Wine Enthusiast's Top 25 Beers of 2010
on 03/12/10 at 3:18 pmBeer
If scanning our dynamic list of the top brews of 2010 tells you anything, it’s that the domestic craft beer movement is in full swing. The majority of beers submitted in 2010 were domestic selections, with a handful of European and South American samples. As a result, you’ll see the majority of the top 25 hailing from the States. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t fabulous beers from around the world, or that these 25 are the best brews out there; it’s just an indication of the geographic distribution of 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!