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#SAVOR2016's Top Fifteen Beers That Blew Me Away

By Winecompass
#SAVOR2016's Top Fifteen Beers That Blew Me Away
I attended SAVOR 2016 on Friday June 3rd and this Brewers Association sponsored event was splendid.  76 breweries poured two beers each and represented a mix of styles from IPAs, Stouts, Porters, Saisons, and sours. Many sours in fact and that's how I started off the evening. Out of the two dozen or so, there were a couple that clearly stood out above the noise. Same for the many excellent barrel aged beers.  And in both categories top honors goes to Crux Fermentation Project. One caveat, I didn't sample many IPAs - just ran out of time trying to sample 152 beers. Cheers.
  1. Crux Fermentation Project Banished One of Apricot Sour fermented with Belgium saison yeast and then finished in used Pinot Noir barrels inoculated with proprietary cultures.  Apricots added to the barrel and aged 10 months. 
  2. D9 Brewing Company Systema Naturae Sour Ale fermented with wild lactobacillus & yeast, naturally conditioned.
  3. Crux Fermentation Project Banished Tough Love Barrel Aged Imperial Stout banished to used bourbon barrels
  4. The Lost Abbey Track #8  Barrel Aged Quad Judgement Day aged 9 months in new bourbon barrels and spiked with cinnamon sticks and dried chili peppers
  5. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout combines hefty amounts of various dark malts with 98 IBUs of hops
  6. Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Schnickelfritz Weissbier
  7. Center of the Universe Brewing Company IV Quadrupel aged in red wine barrels
  8. Southern Tier Brewing Company Salted Caramel Imperial Stout based on a milt stout with Himalayan sea salt and caramelized sugar
  9. Right Proper Brewing Company Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne Berliner Weisse brewed with Meyer lemon zest, elderberries, and dry hopped with Sauvin
  10. New Belgium Brewing Company Tart Lychee Sour Ale barrel aged with lychee puree and cinnamon sticks
  11. Perennial Artisanal Ales Savant Blanc Sour Ale Barrel Aged Belgium Blond Ale (aged in Chardonnay barrels) with Chardonnel wine grapes
  12. Deschutes Brewery The Abyss Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout brewed with black strap molasses, licorice, cherry bark, augmented with vanilla, then aged 12 months in rye whiskey barrels.
  13. Strange Craft Beer Company Cherry Kriek Lambic with loads of cherries
  14. Bell's Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout
  15. Lewis and Clark Brewing Company  Prickly Pear Pale Ale

Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Bourbon Barrel Raspberry Stout with Vanilla Beans
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Seaquenchale Kolsch/Gose/Berliner Weisse Hybrid
  • Perennial Artisanal Ales 17 Imperial Stout
  • Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
  • Lewis and Clark Brewing Company  Miners Gold Hefeweizen
  • The Lost Abbey Ad Idem Sour Ale
  • Uinta Brewing 23rd Birthday SuitSour Ale
  • Service Brewing Company Old Guard Biere de Garde
  • Confluence Brewing Company Stavropol Imperial Stout
  • Uncommon Brewers Steamers Lane California Common
  • The Spencer Brewery Spencer Trappist Ale
  • The Spencer Brewery Spencer Imperial Stout
  • Allagash Brewing Company Sixteen Counties Strong Ale
  • Stone Brewing Scout Wit
  • Insight Brewing Hell Chicken Pale Ale
  • Black Tooth Brewing Company 1314 Bourbon Very Strong Ale
  • Short's Brewing Company Melt My Brain Golden Ale
  • FATE Brewing Company Laimas Kolsch
  • Bear Republic Brewery Tartare Sour Ale
  • Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang Blonde Ale
  • Hoppy Brewing Company Total Eclipse Black Ale Porter
  • 4 Noses Brewing Company Vier Neuzen Barrel Aged Tripel
  • Troegs Brewing Wild Elf Fruit Beer
  • Stickmen Brewery Paddle Board Pale Ale
  • Odell Brewing Company Friek Fruit Lambic
  • Roadhouse Brewing Company Saison En Regalia
  • Newburyport Brewing CompanyDas Kolsch
  • Roadhouse Brewing Company Sacred Brett Sour Ale
  • Port City Brewing Company COLOSSAL V Old Ale
  • Port City Brewing Company Downright Pilsner
  • Saranac Brewery Brett Saison
  • Worthy Brewing CompanyCoeur De La Peche Saison
  • Center of the Universe Brewing Company Monkey's Uncle Tripel
  • Parish Brewing Company Blackalicious Stout
  • Parish Brewing Company Ghost in the Machine Double IPA
  • Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams) Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru Belgium Ale
  • Saugatuck Brewing Company Neapolitan Mile Stout

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