Zymurgy magazine, published by the American Homebrewers Association, has released its rankings of the best beers and best breweries in America for 2012. The rankings are based on feedback from readers, who are asked each year to select their favorite 20 beers. A record 16,445 votes were cast this year.
A couple Ohio-made beers made the list. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter came in tied for 48th. Samuel Adams Boston Lager was tied for 31st and Samuel Adams Noble Pils was tied for 44th. Samuel Adams has a brewery in Cincinnati.
The top five beers were: Russian River Pliny the Elder, Bell's Two Hearted Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stone Arrogant Bastard. Pliny the Elder won for the fourth consecutive year.
The top five brewers were: Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, Stone, Russian River and Bell's.
To read the full report, click here.