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Beers I Have Known and Loved 2014

§Introduction

So you're actually reading this. You aren't sick of me talking about beer all day everyday forever. ... Cool. Some people do music, some people do events, I'm gonna talk about all the beer I tried this year.

❧Things You Should Know

I've ignored counts of less than 5 in the superlatives. That is, best/worst of X only includes Xes that I have more than 5 entries for in the year. If there's a percentage in the parentheses, it's an ABV. If there's no percentage, it's a rating. I use a 5 point rating scale:

  • Bad (0-1)
  • Meh (1-2)
  • Ok (2-3)
  • Good (3-4)
  • Great (4-5)

§TL;DR

Total: 487 beers
Average Rating: 2.68
Average ABV: 7.11%

§Beers

❧Best

  1. Brouwerij Van Steenberge Gulden Draak The Brewmaster's Edition (4.4, 10.5%, Belgian Strong Ale, Belgium)
  2. Westvleteren XII (4.2, 10.2%, Quadrupel, Belgium)
  3. Struise Pannepot Reserva (4.0, 10.0%, Belgian Strong Ale, Belgium)

❧Worst

  1. Leinenkugel Cranberry Ginger (0.4, 4.2%, Fruit Beer, USA)
  2. Empire Cream Ale (0.5, 5.8%, Cream Ale, USA)
  3. BrewDog Blitz Passionfruit (0.5, 2.8%, Berliner Weisse, Scotland)

§Months

Average: 40.58 per month
Most: January (64)
Least: April (27)
Best: January (2.99)
Worst: December (2.46)
Booziest: March (8.26%)
Soberest: August (6.08%)

§Places

❧Cities Visited

23 different cities
Best: Edinburgh (2.96)
Worst: Eden Prairie (2.02)
Booziest: Aberdeen (11.04%)
Soberest: Dublin (4.96%)

❧Countries Visited

3 different countries
Best: USA (2.69)
Worst: Ireland (2.6)
Booziest: Scotland (8.52%)
Soberest: Ireland (4.92%)

❧Brewery Countries

21 different brewery countries
Best: Belgium (3.07)
Worst: Japan (2.54)
Booziest: Denmark (9.07%)
Soberst: Ireland (4.92%)

§Styles

67 different styles
Most: IPA (61)
Least: Abbey Dubbel (5)
Best: Quadrupel (3.42)
Worst: Pale Lager (1.82)
Booziest: American Strong Ale (10.95%)
Soberst: Golden Ale (4.52%)

§ABV

❧Strongest

  1. BrewDog Watt Dickie (0.5, 35.0%, Eisbock, Scotland)
  2. BrewDog Ghost Deer (3.2, 28.0%, Belgian Strong Ale, Scotland)
  3. The Bruery Black Tuesday (3.6, 18.9%, Imperial Stout, USA)

❧Weakest

  1. BrewDog Blitz Passionfruit (0.5, 2.8%, Berliner Weisse, Scotland)
  2. Lindemans Pomme (3.4, 3.5%, Lambic, Belgium)
  3. Lindemans Cassis (3.3, 3.5%, Lambic, Belgium)

§Breweries

208 different breweries
Most: Sierra Nevada (32)
Least: 612 (5)
Best: Rare Barrel (3.44)
Worst: Ballast Point (2.12)
Booziest: BrewDog (12.1%)
Soberst: Porterhouse (5.12%)