Better late then never is my motto, or at least it is for this post. Andy Mogg and Mark Dredge have been organizing the Golden Pints for the past few years and this time I thought I would contribute… eventually. Though the Golden Pints are UK focused, a little editing of the categories and I’m good to go.
Best American Draught Beer
Have not been to many bars this past year, but of the few times I did Jack’s Abby Jabby Brau was ordered a bunch of times.
Best American Bottled or Canned Beer
Boulevard Brewing Love Child #2. The next day after finishing my first bottle, I went out and bought another four. I do not remember the last time I did that with a beer.
Best UK/Overseas Draught Beer
Not even sure I had an overseas beer on draught this past year.
Best UK/Overseas Bottled or Canned Beer
I’m going with Thornbridge Kipling, with a close second going to Adnams Southwold Bitter.
Best Overall Beer
Westvleteren 12! Just kidding.
Port Brewing Company Mongo IPA. After a hard days work I always looked forward to having this. Bitter with a great mouthfeel.
Best Pumpclip or Label
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project Meadowlark IPA. Colorful with great hand drawn artwork.
Best American Brewery
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project. I can drink their whole line of beers any day of the week, plus their history line of beers has been fascinating.
Best UK/Overseas Brewery
I did not drink enough UK/overseas beer to name one.
Pub/Bar of the Year
Deep Ellum Allston, MA
Beer Festival of the Year
Didn’t go to any.
Supermarket of the Year
Cannot buy beer in supermarkets around here.
Independent Retailer of the Year
Redstone Liquors Stoneham, MA. Friendly, knowledgable staff with good prices. The trifecta.
Online Retailer of the Year
If I cannot get the beer local, I am not going to get it.
Best Beer Book or Magazine
Beer Advocate, but then again it is the only beer periodical I read.
Best Beer Blog or Website
Boak and Bailey. Well written, and concise. When my feed reader became clogged with hundreds of unread posts, Boak and Bailey was the only beer blog I caught up with, the rest got the “mark all as read” click.
Best Beer Twitterer
Best Online Brewery Presence
Brewery websites have consistently been awful, so I tend not to bother with them. There might be an outlier or two, but I have not found them.
Food and Beer Pairing of the Year
I drink beer. I eat food. They might happen at the same time, but no thought goes into it.
In 2013 I’d most like to…
Write a bit more, and be more timely with it.