Zymurgy announces the 2014 “Best Commerical Beers In America”

The American Homebrewers Association’s (AHA) members have voted Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder the “Best Commercial Beer in America” for the sixth year running. The poll is conducted annually by Zymurgy Magazine – the journal of the AHA.


The Top-Ranked Beers include:

  1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
  2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
  3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  4. Bell’s Hopslam
  5. The Alchemist Heady Topper
  6. Lagunitas Sucks
  7. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  8. Stone Enjoy By IPA
  9. Founders Breakfast Stout
  10. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

“We are blown away that Pliny has won the award six years in a row,” said Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo. “There are so many great beers out there. It is very humbling.”

More than 1,600 breweries were represented in this year’s poll, and the Top-Ranked Brewery is Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, Calif.), which had five beers in the top 50. Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Kalamazoo, Mich.), took second, followed by Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.) in third.

“As brewers, AHA members know when they experience excellence in a craft beer. It is a very high honor for a brewery to be recognized by this group as having the best beer in America,” said Gary Glass, director of the AHA. “The consistency in the poll results indicates that the discerning palettes of these homebrewers recognize quality and are not easily influenced by the latest fads.”

Additionally, the Best Portfolio of Beers was awarded to New Belgium Brewing Co., which had 60 beers receive votes in the poll. The top contenders in the category include:

  1. New Belgium Brewing Co.
  2. Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams)
  3. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  4. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  5. Stone Brewing Co.

As was the case in 2012 and 2013, no beers produced by breweries outside of the U.S. made the top 50. Unibroue La Fin du Monde, hailing from Canada, took first place among Top Imports.

Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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