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I also mentioned that I had not really done much with the 2013 list (see How I ended up on my list). I started out with 11 beers on the list that I had never tried. I still have 6 left. I guess that is ok, but a little disappointing compared to 2012 where I ended up only with 2 on my not-tried list.
Personally, I think the list should be called "Most Popular Beers in America", because it really is a popularity contest. Zymurgy readers get to vote on the list. In fact, if you want to see what I voted for, see My Best Beers in America. Most of mine did not make the final list, but that is ok.
Once again, Russian River Pliny the Elder came in #1, which I think questions the validity of the list in itself. It is a fine beer, but I don't consider it the best beer I've ever had and the fact that it has been #1 for 6 years in a row is more of an example of the power of fame rather than that it is better than the other beers.
But that is neither here-nor there. The reasons I follow this list is to target the beers that I have never had a chance to try. This year, my list is 10.
I have had 1-4 (Russian River Pliny the Elder; Bell’s Two Hearted Ale; Ballast Point Sculpin IPA; Bell’s Hopslam)
I have never had the chance to try either 5 or 6
#5. The Alchemist Heady TopperI've had 7,8,9 (Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA; Stone Enjoy By IPA; Founders Breakfast Stout)
#6. Lagunitas Sucks
|Founders Breakfast Stout|
I do not think I've ever tried:
#10. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand StoutI am covered with 11 through 27 (Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout; Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; Firestone Walker Wookey Jack; Three Floyds Zombie Dust; Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin; Sierra Nevada Celebration; Firestone Walker Double Jack; Firestone Walker Union Jack; Arrogant Bastard Ale; Sierra Nevada Torpedo; Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye; Russian River Blind Pig IPA; Deschutes Black Butte Porter; North Coast Old Rasputin; Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale; Stone Ruination IPA; Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA)
I sort of doubt I'll ever get the pleasure of trying:
#28. Russian River Pliny the YoungerBut, I have had #29 (Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro)
|Left Hand Milk Stout on Nitro|
It will be tough to get
#30. Russian River SupplicationBut I've tasted 31 - 33 (Green Flash West Coast IPA; Surly Furious; New Belgium La Folie)
|Green Flash West Coast IPA|
I need to find
#34 (Tie). Founders All Day IPAI've had (tied 34 through 38 (Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA; Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale; Stone IPA; Lagunitas IPA)
Another couple of tough ones for me to try to get are
#39 (Tie). Russian River ConsecrationI've had the pleasure of #41 (Deschutes The Abyss)
#39 (Tie) Troegs Nugget Nector
But never of:
#42. Cigar City Jai Alai IPAI've had tastes of 43 through the 2 tied for 47 (Bear Republic Racer 5; Oskar Blues Ten Fidy; Surly Abrasive; New Belgium Ranger; Ommegang Three Philosophers; Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald)
|Ommegang Three Philosophers|
Not sure I'll be able to get
#49 (Tie). Founder's Backwoods BastardI've had plenty of the beer tied with it at 49 (Odell IPA)
If I counted right (and I think I did), that means I have not tried 10 of the 50 beers on this list. Actually, there are a couple that I tried while vacationing in Florida last week, but I'll save those for blog content over the next few days. Quite a few of them are repeats from last year's list. I'm not confident that I'll have any better luck getting those this year than I did last year, but we'll see.
As always, you can check up on how I am doing finding these beers (including the blog post you are reading right now) at Sheppy's Blog: Zymurgy BBIA