47 Bottles of the Best Beer I Tasted in 2011 & 2012

2 years of beers... In March 2011, I started using an app called Untappd to record the beers that I tried and to rate them. Since then I've consumed 452 different beers. 

My palate has changed a lot since I first started. At first I loooooved Belgians and today, I'd still enjoy one, don't get me wrong, but IPAs excite me most. It's amazing how they seem so bitter to a novice and yet so fruity, citrusy, and floral to a hop head. I'm definitely a convert, and I want to convert you too. If you aren't ready for "bitter" beers yet, try some of those listed under 2011 and work your way up. You'll get there.

Our French Quarter Beer Cabinet

These are the 47 that I gave 5 caps to, which is the highest rating (listed in no particular order).


Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Brewery Deviant Dale’s

Brouwerji Contreras Valeir Extra

Great Divide Brewing Company Belgian Style Yeti

Allagash Brewing Company Four

Fentiman’s Traditional Ginger Beer

Alpine Beer Company Duet

Alpine Beer Company Pure Hoppiness

Alpine Beer Company Willy

Boulevard Brewing Co. Terra Incognita – Savor 2012 Ale

Boulevard Brewing Co. Peach Porch Lounger

New Belgium Brewing Company Super India Pale Ale

Jacob Leinenkugel Company Summer Shandy

Avery Mephistopheles’ Stout (2011)

Avery Collaboration not Litigation Ale

Lightning Brewery Old Tempestuous Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Midas Touch

Brouwerji Dilewyns Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze

Moylan’s Brewery Hopsickle

New Belgium Brewing Company Abbey Grand Cru

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company Lectio Divina


Brewery Ommegang Gnomegang

Bieres de Chimay Chimay Blanche  (Cinq Cents)

Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

Allagash Brewing Company Black

Allagash Brewing Company White

Brouwerji St. Bernardus Tripel

Avery Brewing Company White Rascal

Avery Brewing Company Salvation

Victory Brewing Company Storm King

Brouwerji Het Anker Cuvee van de Keizer – Blauw

Bayou Teche Brewing LA 31 Grenade

Brasserie Lefebvre Blanche de Bruxelles (gateway drug)

Laguintas Brewing Company Wilco Tango Foxtrot (WTF)

Laguintas Brewing Company A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale

Laguintas Brewing Company A Little Sumpin’ Wild Ale

Laguintas Brewing Company Hop Stoopid

Laguintas Brewing Company Hairy Eyeball Ale

Laguintas Brewing Company Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale

Brouwerji van Hoegaarden (ABinBEV) Hoegaarden

Brouwerji Lindemans Kriek

Brouwerji Lindemans Framboise

Terrapin Beer Company Rye Squared

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Chateau Jiahu

Brouwerji Van Steenberge Augustijn Blond

Southern Tier Brewing Company 2xIPA

Brouwerji Karmeliet Tripel Karmeliet

Life and Limb Collaboration Dogfishead/Sierra Nevada

 There is a non-alcoholic one in here. Can you find it?