Rate Beer’s beer raters rate the best beers, bars and budding brewers from 2016 in the Rate Beer Best Awards. By Jonathan White.
Online beer behemoth Rate Beer has announced its Rate Beer Best Awards for 2016. They looked back through their database of user reviews and came up with winners in categories such as Best New Brewer, Best New Beers and Best Beers in the World.
The results tend towards the West – the US, Canada and the UK get regionally-specific sub-categories while the beers also tilt to North America and Europe – but there’s plenty to celebrate around the world.
In the Best Places for Beer category, Thailand’s Hair of the Dog Phloen Chit and Mikeller Bangkok got the nod as recommended bars. In the only other Asian country to make that list, Japan was represented by Tokyo‘s Tanakaya Liquor Store in the bottle shop category, plus bars Thrash Zone in Yokohama and Tokyo’s Bakushu Club, Popeye and Craftheads.
The region was much better represented in the Best Beers, Brewers, New Brewers By Country votes – although not every country had winners in all three categories. Kingdom Breweries was named Cambodia’s top brewer, Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery got China’s top beer for its Bourbon King Louie Imperial Stout, as well as top brewer honours, while Young Master took that title for Hong Kong – look out for an interview with them in the March issue of DRiNK Magazine.
Elsewhere, Danish Royal Stout was Malaysia’s top beer, San Miguel took top brewer in the Philippines and Brewerkz did the double in Singapore – its Oatmeal Stout was named top beer and it also won top brewer status. South Korea’s top brewer was Craftworks Taphouse & Bistro in Seoul, Thailand’s was Full Moon Brewworks in Phuket, and in Vietnam Pasteur Street Brewing. Pasteur Street also won top beer for its Jasmine IPA.
You can read the full results here but if you want to skip that, here’s the ten best breweries on the planet for your beer bucket list.
- Hill Farmstead Brewery, Greensboro Bend, Vermont, USA
- Cycle Brewing, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
- Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
- Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, Florida, USA
- Cloudwater Brew Co, Manchester, UK
- Brouwerij de Molen, Bodegraven, Netherlands
- De Garde Brewing, Tillamook, Oregon, USA
- Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Indiana, USA
- Evil Twin Brewing, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Other Half Brewing, Brooklyn, New York, USA