I reviewed a lot of beer this year. To be exact, I reviewed a total of 96 beers. My first beer review of the year was #79 First Snow Ale and yesterday’s #174 was The Vixen Chocolate Chilli Bock. I still have a lot of beer that needs to be reviewed for the beginning of 2012, but I am very happy with my posting activity. According to my friend the calculator, I posted a beer review every 3.8 days this year, not bad for a one-manned beer blog especially considering the March Brewness took out entire month and a half of posting. Below I have put some links to my favorite beers of the year.
- Lips of Faith Kick: Just an outstanding beer that I would love to have again if I could find it.
- Leipziger Gose: Wonderfully sour and complex.
- Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA: By far my favorite rye IPA that I have ever had. Just a great balance of flavors.
- Rodenbach Grand Cru: Had it first in Belgium and discovered that I can get it in the US. It is a wonderfully sour, balanced beer.
- Smooth Hoperator: This is just an outstanding beer and continues to be one of my favorites. It has bright citrus hops with a malt backbone to support everything.
If you were not able to tell from the list above, 2011 is the year of the sour beers for me. I never really enjoyed them in the past, but 3 of the 5 beers on my favorite beers of the year list were sour beers.
I have also gotten to try things from a lot of new breweries this year. When I was going through the list of reviews, there was one brewery that really stood out to me this year. Peak Organic Brewing Company would be my pick for “brewery of the year” if I could give such an award. Everything I had from them was fresh and crisp tasting. They do make a lot of hop forward beers, but they also make an outstanding amber coffee along with some other non-hop beers. I mentioned in several reviews that they were quickly growing on me, and that’s why I picked them as my brewery of the year.
In 2012 I have a lot of exciting beers planned to review and I hope to cover a wider variety of beers as well. I also hope to not cover as many seasonal beers in the coming year as I have been getting disappointed by many of them (the fall seasonals in particular). I have a lot of winter beers to review, but once I am done with them, I don’t think that I will seek out other seasonals.
How was your 2011 beer drinking? Do you have any new favorites or suggestions for me to try in 2012? Please share your thoughts or suggestions in the comments section below.