Topic Archives: Top 100 Beers

Posted in Cigar City Brewing, Don't Miss This

Cigar City Hunahpu Imperial Stout 2014

You’ve got a bit of time to wait until you see this beer again. Cigar City Brewing’s Hunahpu Imperial Stout will make another appearance on March 8, 2014. Hunahpu, a massive imperial stout, is brewed with cocoa nibs, ancho and pasilla chilies, cinnamon, and Madagascar vanilla beans. Crazy delicious.

In Mayan mythology, Hun Hunahpu was the father of the hem twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. Hun Hunahpu, with his brother Hunahpu. vies Vidal by the Dark Lords of the and slain. Hun Hunahpu’s corpse morphed into a cacao tree, his head becoming a cacao pod, which in typically awesome mythology fashion, spit upon the hand of a young maiden named, Xiquic who promptly became pregnant with the hero twins. The twins would ultimately grow up to avenge their father and uncle and defeat the Dark Lords and ascend to the heavens to become the moon and sun.

Style: Imperial Stout (w/ CinnamonVanilla beansChili PeppersCacao Nibs,)

Availability: 750 ml bottles
Arrival: March 8th, 2014 (Brewery Release, Tampa)

11% ABV 

Ed note: Corrected date to March 8, 2014

Posted in Beer News

Check Out RateBeer’s Top Awards By Beer Style

In general, too many changes across these categories. Westvleteren 12 still rank #1, along with Russian River’s Pliny The Elder and Younger. Hopslam (especially since it’s in season) and Alchemist’s Heady Topper are more hoppy beers cracking the top 20.

Some new entries? Avery’s Jacob’s Stout, Cigar City’s Pilot Series Miami Madness, in in the process of posting the best of the best for 2012. [RateBeersBest]


Posted in Bell's Brewing, Seasonal Return

Get Hoppy. It’s Hopslam Season Again

Bells Hopslam Label

The ever-flavorful and hopstastic spring favorite Bell’s Hopslam should be arriving at your local distributors and watering holes soon. Per Bell’s:

“Hopslam will start shipping to areas in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio the week of Jan. 7.

It will begin shipping to Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Missouri and Arizona the week of Jan. 14.

It will then start shipping to Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia,Washington DC, Kentucky and Pennsylvania the week of Jan. 21.

Keep in mind, availability will also depend on delivery and trucking schedules, so please be patient with your local bars, restaurants and retailers.”

Has anyone had this year’s batch yet?

Style: 2x IPA
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Arrival: Now

10% ABV

Posted in Coming Soon, Seasonal Return, Troegs Brewing

Your Nugget Nectar Fix is On Its Way

Hop heads nationwide will rejoice knowing that Nugget Nectar is almost here! Just 6 days ago sightings of Nugget Nectar on Tröeg’s bottling line began popping up on Twitter and Facebook ensuring its freshness when it becomes available in a week or so.

“Nugget Nectar was inspired by fresh new hops rolling in from the harvest,” said John Trogner. Nugget Nectar is intensified with whole flower Nugget cones added to our hopback vessel and dry-hopped with our patented HopsCycloneâ„¢ technique.  Keeping freshness in mind, we are shipping Nugget Nectar as fast as it is packaged. You can expect cases, six-packs, and bombers to start appearing in Central Pennsylvania in mid-January and expanding through our eight-state distribution area over the following four weeks. Draft Nugget Nectar will be released in mid-February and into early March.”

You hop fix has almost arrived, in fact, you can grab some of the first glasses of this year’s batch at Tröegs’ Full Moon Firkin on January 26th featuring firkins of both Nugget Nectar and Perpetual IPA. See you at 3pm in hop lover’s heaven?

Style: Red Ale
Hops: Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich

Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft. Seasonal release (1st of year)

7.5% ABV 


Posted in Coming Soon, Russian River Brewing, Seasonal Return

2013 Pliny the Younger Release Schedule Announced

Russian River - Pliny The Younger Tap

Here’s some exciting news for all you Pliny the Younger fans: Russian River plans to release their next batch on tap at their brewpub from February 1st-14th 2013. Only 10oz glasses will be available at this time, no growlers, and no bottles. According to Russian River, at any given moment there could be a 5 hour wait or no wait at all so good luck preparing!

As far as distribution is concerned, small amounts of kegs will be sent to their distributors the same day. The first batch starts brewing tomorrow. They plan on brewing and distributing the same amount as past years, but who will get what has yet to be determined.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: Draft Only
February 2013

10.5 % ABV

Posted in Beer News

Westvleteren On Ebay for $800? Empty Box For $100?

Westvleteren XII, the day after.  Dozens of boxes of the coveted beer have shown up on eBay for as much as $800.  Some dbag wants you to buy the empty box for $100. Reminder to those that didn’t get any. It will still be brewed, and sold. Just not in the United States.

Posted in Westvleteren

State By State Westvleteren XII Release List

Westy gift packs are officially available across 22 states today – December 12, 2012. Below is the complete list of locations. You’ll note Georgia is not on this list, as Total Wine released this on December 1st.


Hop City, Birmingham
Piggly Wiggly, Homeland
The Nook, Huntsville


Total Wine, Gilbert
Total Wine (Arrowhead Gateway), Glendale
Total Wine, Goodyear
Total Wine (Desert Ridge), Phoenix
Total Wine (Camelback Rd), Phoenix
Total Wine, Scottsdale
Total Wine, Tempe
Total Wine (The Corner), Tucson
Total Wine (Park Place Mall), Tucson


Total Wine, Brea
Hi Times Wine Cellar, Costa Mesa
Davis Beer Shoppe, Davis
Holiday Wine Cellar, Escondido
Total Wine, Folsom
Total Wine, Huntington Beach
Total Wine, Laguna Hills
Stearns, Long Beach
Total Wine, Northbridge
Trappist Provisions, Oakland
Bruery Provisions, Orange
Total Wine, Rancho Cuacamonga
Total Wine, Redondo Beach
K&L Wines, Redwood City/Los Angeles
Total Wine, Roseville
Pangaea, Sacramento
Total Wine, Sacramento
Best Damn Bottle Shop, San Diego
Bine & Vine, San Diego
City Beer Store, San Francisco
Healthy Spirits, San Francisco
Ales Unlimited, San Francisco
Total Wine, Tustin
Total Wine, Thousand Oaks
Øl Beercafe, Walnut Creek


Liquor Mart, Boulder
Coaltrain Wine and Spirits, Colorado Springs
Argonaut Liquor, Denver
Wilbur’s Total Beverage, Fort Collins


Total Wine, Claymont
Total Wine, Milltown


Total Wine, Boca Raton
Total Wine, Boynton Beach
Total Wine, Clearwater
Total Wine, Fort Lauderdale
Total Wine, Fort Myers
Total Wine, Jasksonville
Total Wine, Miami
Total Wine, North Miami
Total Wine, Naples
Total Wine (Colonial Plaza), Orlando
Total Wine (Millenia Plaza), Orlando
Total Wine, Palm Beach Gardens
Total Wine, Pembroke Pines
Total Wine, Plantation
Total Wine, St. Petersburg
Total Wine, Sarasota
Total Wine, Stuart
Total Wine, Tampa
Total Wine, Village of Wellington


Binny’s, Bloomington
Friar Tucks, Bloomington
Binny’s (Downers Grove), Chicago
Binny’s (Marcey), Chicago


Keg Liquors, Clarksville
Crown Liquors, Indianapolis
Village Liquors, West Lafayette


Benz Beverage Depot, Cedar Rapids
Royal Mile, Des Moines
Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant, Elkader
John’s Grocery, Iowa City


The Party Source, Bellevue (Cincinnati)
Wino’s Depot, Bowling Green
The Beer Trappe, Lexington
Louisville Beer Store, Louisville
Sergio’s World Beers, Louisville
Roof Brothers, Paducah


Whole Foods, Baton Rouge
Aquistapace’s Grocery, Covington
Whole Foods (Veterans), Metarie
Stein’s Deli, New Orleans
Whole Foods (Arabella Station), New Orleans


Corridor Fine Wine, Laurel
Beltway Fine Wine, Towson


Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont (Boston)
Provisions, Northampton
Redstone Liquors, Stoneham
Julio’s, Westborough


Heritage Liquor, Minneapolis
Andy’s Liquor, Rochester
West Side Liquors, St. Cloud




Total Wine, Henderson
Total Wine, Las Vegas
Total Wine, Reno


DeCicco’s, Ardsley
DeCicco’s, Brewster
Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brooklyn
Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn
Beer Street, Brooklyn
Beer Table Pantry, Manhattan
The Cannibal, Manhattan
City Swiggers, Manhattan
Good Beer, Manhattan
New Beer Distributors, Manhattan
Top Hops, Manhattan
Whole Foods Bowery, Manhattan
DeCicco’s, Pelham


Total Wine, Cary
Total Wine (Park Towne Village), Charlotte
Total Wine (Grand Promenade Phase II),Charlotte
Total Wine (Promenade on Providence), Charlotte
Total Wine, Durham
Total Wine (Battleground Square), Greensboro
Total Wine (Oakwood Square), Greensboro
Total Wine, Huntersville
Total Wine (Brier Creek), Raleigh
Total Wine (Triangle Plaza), Raleigh
Total Wine (Six Forks Road), Raleigh
Total Wine, Winston-Salem


Lizardville, Bedford Heights (Cleveland)
Jungle Jim’s, Cincinnati
Belmont Party Supply, Dayton
Lizardville, Rocky River (Cleveland)
Anderson’s, Maumee (Toledo)
Vintage Estates, Youngstown


Corvallis Beer Supply, Corvallis
Market of Choice, Corvallis
Bier Stein, Eugene
Market of Choice, Eugene
16 Tons Beer & Wine, Eugene
Belmont Station, Portland
Beer Monger, Portland
Saraveza, Portland
Hop & Vine, Portland
John’s Market, Portland
Market of Choice, Portland
Market of Choice, West Linn


Total Wine, Charleston
Total Wine, Columbia
Total Wine, Greenville


Hunger Mountain Co-Op, Montpellier
Beverage Warehouse, Winooski (Burlington)