Three Ohio breweries are among Ratebeer.com's 2012 list of the "Best Brewers in the World." Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron is ranked 20th. Great Lakes Brewing Co. in Cleveland comes in at 45th and Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens is 56th. Hoppin' Frog's Barrel Aged BORIS the Crusher also is rated as the 32nd best beer in the world. Ratebeer.com considers its competition the largest in the world with more than 140,000 beers from more than 12,000 breweries worldwide. "WOW, I'm blown away!!" Hoppin' Frog owner and brewer Fred Karm said in an email. "Hoppin' Frog Brewery was just rated 20th Best Brewery In The World for 2012 by RateBeer.com!! That is three years in the top 25, and five years in the top 100 -- a testament to our intense focus on making great beer!" Three Floyds Brewing is the top ranked brewery and Westvleteren 12 is the rated as the best beer.
RateBeer.com also handed out awards for best beer bars, best brewpubs, best beer retailers, best restaurants for beer and best breweries to visit. Many Ohio spots were highlighted.
Best beer bar: La Cave Du Vin in Cleveland Heights.
Best brewpubs: Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood, Jackie O's Pub & Brewery in Athens, The Brew Kettle in Strongsville and Weasel Boy Brewing in Zanesville.
Best beer retailers: Vintage Wine and Beer in Boardman; River's Bend Wine & Spirits in Maineville; and Belmont Party Supply in Dayton.
Best restaurants for beer: Dilly Cafe in Mariemont and Melted Bar & Grilled in Lakewood.
To see all the Ratebeer.com categories and rankings, click here.