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2016: Best New Beer

For the second year now, the danish beer bloggers are doing a "best of..." series. Started by Stovt last year, it's being done all over again, with some minor changes in the titles, but still with a view at the difference in beer bloggers views and experiences.

There's no denying that my tastebuds have evolved over time. A good solid 5 gets rarer and rarer by the year. Usually when I do my yearly tally I get a bit of help from Untappd, where I pull all my data from. There's simply no other way to keep track.

I've decided to divide the Best New Beer award into one foreign and one Danish. It just made more sense that way.

My non-danish favorite list has a bunch of different styles, although mostly leaning towards imperial stouts. At an almost perfect score there's Anagram from Omnipollo, that I had when I did a Tap Takeover with them back in May. Then there's Saison Melange and Broken Truck No. 2 from de Garde, Black Magick (Rye Whiskey Barrels) from Voodoo Brewing and Wednesday from Cycle Brewing, which was all consumed during Copenhagen Beer Celebration.

The winner however, and the only 5-star rating (of a new beer) this year goes to Cloudwater with their DIPA v2, which I traded with a british guy back when it was only days old. Nothing but amazing, and they deserve all the praise they get for the continoud DIPA lineup - it's now at version 10!

I do however find it much more interesting to see which beers from Denmark, makes the top spots and not surprisingly, my two favorite breweries from last year is well represented. Alefarm, last years "best newcomer" is at three spots with their Old Creation and their Collab with Bad Seed and off course Kindred Spirits, which may be the IPA I've consumed the most during 2016.

Courtesy of Alefarms Facebook page. 

Courtesy of Alefarms Facebook page. 

But my favorite brewery from last year also snuck their way in with their NE IPA, The Bastard Princess, appropriately named after The Editor. Alongside Gamma Brewing and their Ionize DIPA they're the last ones to make top spots before announcing my apparent favorite beer of 2016.

Black Luck from Beer Here takes the top spot alongside Kindred Spirits from Alefarm are my duo for the best beer released in 2016. One is sweet, heavy, roasty and toasted, while the other one is hoppy, funky and smooth as silk. Both of them warms my soul and I smile when I think of how spoiled we are here in Denmark sometimes.

2016: Best Foreign Brewery

For the second year now, the danish beer bloggers are doing a "best of..." series. Started by Stovt last year, it's being done all over again, with some minor changes in the titles, but still with a view at the difference in beer bloggers views and experiences.

Personally, 2016 has been a very different year, than every previous one I've had as a beer writer. Mostly because most of my time has been spent running a bar, but also because I've come to know a lot more breweries around the world during my run as mayor president manager. That also makes it a lot harder to choose a candidate for this year.

I've considered a bunch of breweries, including the one I deemed the winner last year (Omnipollo, for those who didn't know).

Cloudwater come to mind, because they've made some incredible hoppy beers over the last year. They've now made it to version 10 and from the rumors they haven't slowed down a single bit

In keeping in line with last year, I also feel like it was appropriate to keep a Swedish brewery on the list. After all, Omnipollo was the winner of best non-danish brewery last year. Stigberget has been making some of the best IPA's I've ever had on danish soil. Westcoast IPA, Business as Usual (with All In and O/O), but more so Amazing Haze and the now world famous GBG Beer Week - all beers worthy of putting them permanently on my beer map.

A third contender for the title comes from my trip to New York. Other half have been slaying the beer scene, including my own pallet. The IPA's I've had on my trip was nothing but amazing and has earned them a spot on my list.

Before hitting the final spot, and winner of my list, I do need to turn my head to the other side of America, to a brewery that blew my mind on all scales. But a beer that really struck the high notes was Double Stack - an American Stout brewed with coffee and maple syrup. I'm obviously talking about Great Notion, the new west coast experts in IPA's, Stouts and Funk!

... and the winner is! 

... and the winner is! 

But one brewery that has crossed my path several times during 2016 and has kept surprising me, must be Brew by Numbers. It's not because they have the same weird relationship with numbers as I do, but because their beers have kept the same high level all through the year - many times even exceeding my expectations. The duo of double IPA's 55|01 and 55|02 was especially high hitters for me, but also their more subtle styles such as Oatmeal Stout (08|06), Red IPA (35|01) and White IPA (25|05) has peaked my tastebuds.