My favorite beers of 2010

As 2010 comes to a close, it’s become obvious that craft beer for me is more than just the occasional tasty beverage. Over the past year, I have:

Needless to say, I felt compelled to share a few of my favorite beers from the past year. Note: these aren’t necessarily new beers in general, just new beers to me. I think it makes most sense to break them down into category; it’s only fair to the beer, after all.


If I had to pick a favorite style of beer, this would be it. My top three favorites from 2010:

  1. Ninkasi Total Domination
  2. Ballast Point Sculpin
  3. Stone Emperial 14

It was tough to pick just three. I think I’ll need to write up a complete ranking of my favorite IPAs at some point.


I hadn’t really tried many Belgian beers until this past year. I really have been missing out. Luckily, I’ve discovered this huge, tasty world of beer and I ain’t turnin’ back. It’s also fair to say that there are many different kinds of Belgian beer and it would only be right to have a top three inside of each kind, but that will also have to be a different post for a different day.

  1. St. Feuillien Saison
  2. Rochefort 10
  3. Chimay Red

Belgian (U.S. brewed)

  1. North Coast Brewing Le Merle
  2. Goose Island Matilda
  3. The Lost Abbey Judgement Day


  1. Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
  2. St. Martin Cuvee De Noel
  3. Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale

I’m looking forward to what 2011 brings to the world of craft beer.

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