Monday, December 10, 2007

Favorites of 2007

With the year nearly done, it seems only natural that we take a few moments to reflect on the year of beer. The PBN team has had a pretty incredible time discovering beers, beer bars, breweries and bottle shops in 2007, so the list could have easily gotten out of hand. So, with that said let’s take a quick look at the “Favorites of 2007”, as told by Pacific Brew News. Notice, we did not say "the best" - although you can assume that many of these would bleed onto that list as well.

This year saw a few big parties up and down the west coast, from Toronado's 20th Anniversary (that's Vinnie pouring a special beer for that occasion) to the OBF celebrating 25 years. It was a pleasure being part of so much celebrating in 2007 and can't wait to see what's in store for next year.

In No Particular Order, With No Particular Theme

Mark "the Beer Geek" Zahn:
Pilsner by Auburn Alehouse
Isotope Double IPA by Auburn Alehouse
Harvest Ale by Sierra Nevada
IPA by Rubicon
Tripel by Maredsous
Tripel by Grimbergen
Hennepin by Ommegang
Maibock by Sudwerk
Pilsner by Schönramer
Hop Henge by Deschutes
Four by Allagash

"Big" Mike Sober:
Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas
Duet by Alpine
Blind Pig by Russian River
Hop Idiot by Coronado
Imperial Hefeweizen by Pyramid
West Coast IPA by Green Flash
Birthday Red by Lagunitas (brewed for Toronado’s 20th Anniversary)
Freedom IPA by Elk Grove
Imperial IPA Green Flash
Hog Heaven by Avery
Harvest Ale by Sierra Nevada

Rick "the host" Sellers:
Oude Kriek by Hanssen’s
Toronado’s 20th Anniversary by Russian River
Hop Stoopid by Lagunitas’
Dunkel Weizen by Hopf
Blind Pig by Russian River
Supplication by Russian River
Red and White by Dogfish Head
La Follie from New Belgium
Harvest Ale by Sierra Nevada
Hopsickle by Moylan’s

Thanks for another great year, we look forward to finding new beers with all of you in 2008.