Chicago Craft Beer Almanac 2013 – The Year in Beer

Holy hell, has it been a busy year in beer.

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Not just for beer, but for us here at the GDB desk as well. The Saveur nom. The Chicago Magazine cover piece. Starting all that shit about “girl beer”. Oh, and one of us had a kid, too. That’s kind of important, right? (Little Julia already has some cellared beer, including a Westy, set aside for her 21st b-day. Dad of the year, right there.)

So without further ado, let’s see where the hell we’ve been in the last 12 months or so. Behold, our Chicago Craft Beer Almanac for 2013, the biggest year in Chicago beer news (since last year, which you can remind yourself of here)!

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Pipeworks & Three Floyds Win Big In RateBeer’s Annual Awards

Chicago-based Pipeworks cleaned house in RateBeer’s annual awards claiming the title for the top brewer and top new brewer in Illinois, top new brewer in the entire U S of A AND top new brewer IN THE WORLD, among other accolades, according to RateBeer reviewers.


Three Floyds, meanwhile, placed in just about every style category possible.

Below is the full rundown of Illinois (area) winners:

Best Beer, Brewer & New Brewer By Subregion

Top Beer (IL):

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Top Beer (IN):

Three Floyds Dreadnaught

Top Brewer (IL):


Top Brewer (IN):

Three Floyds

Top New Brewer:


12/28 - Revolution A Little Crazy Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Best Beer Retailers By Subregion


Revolution Brewing, Chicago


Tribes Alehouse, Mokena

Brewer Tap Room:

Half Acre Beer Company & Tap Room, Chicago

Bottle Shop:

West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago


Logli Supermarket, Rockford


The Local Option, Chicago

Top New Brewers In The World

#1 Pipeworks

Top 50 Beers of 2013

#8 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

#21 Three Floyds Dreadnaught

#22 Three Floyds Zombie Dust

#25 Three Floyds Dark Lord (Bourbon Vanilla Bean)



English Style Pale & Bitter

#5 Pipeworks At Her Majesty’s Pleasure

Double IPA

#6 Three Floyds Dreadnaught


#4 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

#9 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout

#15 Three Floyds Dark Lord (Bourbon Vanilla Bean)

Strong Ale

#13 Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine

Imperial, Baltic Porter

#12 Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

American Amber/Pale Ale

#1 Three Floyds Zombie Dust

#4 Three Floyds Alpha King

#10 Half Acre Daisy Cutter



#3 Three Floyds Gumballhead

Dark Lager

#5 Flossmoor Station Barrel Aged Imperial Schwartz

#13 Three Floyds Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn

2012′s Best New Releases

 #33 Pipeworks Ninja vs Unicorn Double IPA

#38 Three Floyds Rye’d da Lightning

#41 Three Floyds Rye Da Tiger

#46 Goose Island Cherry Rye Bourbon County Brand Stout

Best Beer, Brewer & New Brewer By Country

New Brewery (United States)


Best Brewers In The World

#2 Three Floyds

#39 Pipeworks

#60 Goose Island

#66 Half Acre

#90 Revolution Brewing

(Editors note: Yes, we are well aware that Three Floyds is not in Illinois but their close proximity and quality of beer brewed most certainly warrants a mention.)