• beer1
  • beer2
  • beer3
  • beer4
  • beer5
  • beer6

BeerAdvocate’s Extreme Beer Fest is a celebration of beers that push the limits of what a beer can be. Breweries from all over the US and some other parts of the world come and showcase brews that are off-beat, creative, or just a tad high in alcohol (“a tad” might be an understatement). I sampled my way through this year’s fest and tasted over 45 different beers out of the hundreds we wanted to try. Despite a slight buzz (“slight” is also an understatement) I have attempted to rank everything I drank from my least favorite to the most mind-blowing. It should be noted, however, that none of the beers listed below were bad at all.

# Brewer Beer
46 Short’s Black Chai
45 Clown Shoes Muffin Top
44 Against the Grain Kentucky Ryed Chiquen
43 Carton Something Like Sandy
42 Relic Cherry Wood Aged Hiver
41 Firestone Walker Agrestic Ale
40 Kane Bourbon Barrel-Aged Quad
39 Dogfish Head Stalactite
38 Dark Horse This Little Piggy Went to Dark Horse
37 Funky Buddha Randy’s Old Fashioned Whiskey Barrel Ale
36 Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry and Spice)
35 Carton Boat Beer
34 Dogfish Head Raw Creation
33 Brasserie Dunham The Second Coming of Broderus
32 Nøgne Ø Dark Horizon 4th Edition
31 Night Shift Funk’s Citra
30 Half Acre Big Hugs
29 Against The Grain Citra Ass Down!
28 Carton Swisher
27 Cigar City Margarita Gose
26 Kane Wine Barrel-Aged Quad
25 Short’s Juicy Tree
24 Hardywood Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)
23 Jack’s Abby Baby Maker
22 Clown Shoes Space Cake
21 Funky Buddha No Crusts
20 Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter
19 Funky Buddha Veruca Snozzberry Gose
18 Cascade Vlad The Imp Aler
17 Against The Grain 70K
16 Cape Ann Fisherman’s Dead Eye Double IPA
15 Evil Twin Even More Jesus
14 Tree House Double Shot
13 Jack’s Abby Framinghammer Baltic Porter
12 Crooked Stave WWB Batch 60
11 Cascade Sang Noir
10 Against The Grain Bo + Luke – Cognac
9 Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout – Rum Barrel-Aged
8 Night Shift Art #18
7 Troegs Troegenator Double Bock (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
6 Avery Tweak
5 Funky Buddha French Toast Double Brown Ale
4 Founders KBS
3 Carton Regular Coffee
2 The Bruery Chocolate Rain
1 Funky Buddha Last Snow

Drinking Last Snow from Funky Buddha is like sipping on a few Samoas (or Caramel deLites depending on your location). The Coffee Porter is brewed with coconut, white chocolate and caramel and smells and tastes like the greatest dessert you ever had. The flavors are so well-balanced and it doesn’t come off like a cloying mess. The trip to Florida to visit Funky Buddha is worth it for a sip alone.

Huckberry_Holiday _23 Studio_Hero Marquee__45 degree (2) (1) (1) Large

Unzip your coat and have some mulled wine on the house—you’ve arrived at your final gifting destination: The Holiday Gift Guide. It’s like your friendly neighborhood one-stop holiday shop, except instead of balsa wood ornaments, ours is packed with thoughtful gifts for everyone on your list. Future heirlooms, small-but-significant stocking stuffers, and gear for getting out there (or staying in)—are all right here. There’s no music playing in the background though, so you’ll just have to hum Bing Crosby while you click around instead.

Do Not Sell My Personal Information