My Top 10 Beers – 2011

Everybody else seems to be doing a top 10 list, so here’s mine. These are not necessarily the beers I drink all the time, but if I had to pick 10 to drink for the rest of my life, these would be them (at least for this year…):

10. Brew Dog Old World IPA Brewed exclusively for Total Wine & More, This is quickly becoming my go-to beer. BTW, there is no reference to Brew Dog anywhere on the bottle
9. Trader Joe’s Vintage Ale has been made for Trader Joe’s by Unibroue for the past seven years, and each year is a treat. When the wife and I can’t agree on anything else to drink, we can always agree on a TJVA. We now have vintages from 2007 on, and they hold up very well. And only $4.99 for a 750ml bottle!
8. Nectar Ale’s Black Xantus – Only 400 cases of 22oz bombers produced. I went to Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits to sample this on tap. They tapped the 5gal keg at 6pm, and I got the very last goblet at 6:24pm. It’s that good…
7. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale I’ve got my friends in Phoenix and my Brother in Georgia constantly on the lookout for this one for me.
6. Ballast Point Sea Monster Imperial Stout – So hard to get, it’s not even listed on the site.
5. Firestone Walker XV – An amazing blended, barrel-aged masterpiece.
4. Firestone Walker Parabola – Just edges out my #5 Stout.
3. Sierra Nevada Estate Ale – One of the few estate-made ales in the world, bursting with flavor.
2. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA – This is a close second to my #1 beer, but now that Ballast Point is supposedly distributing in Nevada, I hope to be able to get it more regularly.
1. Pliny The Elder – Hands down my favorite, when I can get it.

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