RateBeer Best 2013: Locally, Goose Island and Three Floyds Steal the Show

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Last year, Pipeworks and Three Floyds took center stage, with Pipeworks winning damn near everything possible in RateBeer’s annual best list. This time around Goose Island, riding the wave of its Bourbon County Brand Stout varieties, reclaimed the top spot in Illinois while Three Floyds continued its dominance in Indiana.


Instead of breaking down the week-long release of winners by category we’re going to do it by brewery, retailer or bar — starting with the two with the most nods from the beer review site.
Top 100 Brewer (World):
#3 Three Floyds

Top Beers in the World:
Three Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout
Three Floyds Dreadnaught

Three Floyds Zombie Dust

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Top Brewer (IN):
Three Floyds

Top Beer (IN):
Three Floyds Dark Lord, Bourbon Vanilla Bean

Best Beers by Style:
Three Floyds Alpha King, American Amber/Pale
Three Floyds Gumballhead, Wheat
Three Floyds Dreadnaught, Double IPA
Three Floyds Dark Lord (Bourbon Vanilla Bean), Stout

Top New Beer Releases:
Three Floyds Permanent Funeral

Top 100 Brewer (World):
Goose Island

Top Beers in the World:
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Top Brewer (IL):
Goose Island

Top Beer (IL):
Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

Best Beers by Style:
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Coffee, Stout
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Proprietor’s 2013, Stout

Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine, Strong Ale

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Top New Beer Releases:
Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine
Goose Island Bourbon County Stout – Proprietor’s 2013, Stout

revbrewlogoTop 100 Brewer (World):
Revolution Brewing

Best Brewpub (IL):
Revolution Brewing

Best Beers by Style:
Revolution Brewing Bean Gene, Porter


Top 100 Brewer (World)
Half Acre

Best Brewer Tap Room (IL)
Half Acre

Top 100 Brewer (World)

Best New Brewer (IL)
Ale Syndicate

Best New Brewer (IN)
18th Street Brewery

Best Restaurant (IL)
Kuma’s Corner

Best Bottle Shop (IL)
West Lakeview Liquors

Best Bar (IL)
Local Option

Congrats to those listed above, and all the winners. If you want to see the full rundown, go HERE.

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Equal parts beer nerd and policy geek, Ryan is now the curator of the Guys Drinking Beer cellar. The skills he once used to dig through the annals of state government as a political reporter are now put to use offering unique takes on barrel-aged stouts, years-old barleywines and 10 + year verticals.

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