Our 2023 “Finest Beer” and “Finest Beer Expertise” Roundup


Lists are all the time too lengthy, aren’t they? This 12 months we challenged ourselves to give you only one beer and a single beer-drinking expertise that we’ll look again on lengthy after 2023 is within the rear view. Right here’s what we Guys (Eric, Steve and Karl) Ingesting Beer got here up with.

Our Finest Beers:

Gnosis Brewing simply opened final 12 months, however the Merrillville, Ind. brewery continues to show heads, launch after launch. They’ve knocked it out of the park with new favorites like their crisp Helles lager, triple New England hazy and a refreshing pale ale. Nevertheless it’s their pastry stouts which have generated essentially the most buzz and Double Brittle Nocte is the one which led me to a “how’d they try this?!” response. Resting their base stout on roasted peanuts, vanilla and cacao nibs, they delivered a liquid model of peanut brittle that defies logic. Caramel, chocolate, nuts, toffee – in some way, it’s all there, in each sip, with no synthetic style. It’s a thick, decadent, slow-sipping, silly good stout. I nonetheless don’t understand how they did it, however I didn’t style the rest prefer it in 2023.” ~Steve Patterson

“A preferred development in barrel-aged beer is the shop choose. A bottle store will get a gaggle of regulars collectively, they go to a brewery and pattern a number of barrels. Then they put it to a vote and the shop buys the successful barrel. The Open Bottle in Tinley Park did simply that for its eighth anniversary in January. The group’s choose was Revolution Brewing Straight Jacket aged in a Willett Bourbon barrel for 14 months. Earlier than it went within the barrel, the barleywine was aged on French oak cubes within the fermenter. The consequence was a tremendous variant of Straight Jacket, one which approaches the elite Double Barrel VSOJ. Caramel, dried raisins and the barrel. Open Bottle places Bomber Jacket on faucet for particular events. Runner up was ‘Oumuamua by Brothership Brewing. No adjuncts, this BA stout was aged in a single bourbon barrel and completed in a single rye whiskey barrel for 20 months whole within the lumber. It was accessible at FOBAB, and bottles rapidly offered out on the Mokena brewery. The chocolate and rye spice had been terrific.” ~Eric Krol

“Truthfully, I used to be struggling to give you a single finest beer of the 12 months. Not as a result of I drank poorly in 2023, however as a result of I discovered myself returning to what labored and didn’t do an entire ton of exploration. So I drank a whole lot of lager. I drank quite a few acquainted and nice IPAs and pale ales and saisons from breweries I trusted. I returned to amber ales. And I additionally drank various cans of stuff I didn’t love and didn’t earn any house in my reminiscence circuits.

That mentioned, after scrolling via this 12 months’s repository of Google pictures, I noticed that I’d already written about my happiest single beer moment of flavor. It was following a visit to Munising within the UP the place I wandered into an area brewery and had my palate blown again by an amaretto brown ale from East Channel Brewing Company. Listed below are my tasting notes from after that go to:

“Wealthy with almond-marzipan depth and cherry syrup sweetness in excellent steadiness, beginning off nearly like sweet and growing because it warmed right into a taste akin to a pleasant cherry cola hovering atop a roasty Mounds bar. It was superior. Additionally it was referred to as “Johnny Toughnuts” which is tremendous enjoyable to order. And it jogged my memory, not for the primary time however for the primary time shortly, that nice beers might be discovered in all places. And while you discover one, it reminds you why you retain looking them down.

When you can nonetheless recall a taste months after tasting it, it’s made an actual impression. And I’d be mendacity if I mentioned I didn’t wish to make a return journey in hopes of attempting it once more.” ~Karl Klockars

Our Finest Beer Experiences:

“I had some nice brewery visits this 12 months, however my go to to Finland this summer time stands head and above the whole lot else as one of the best beer expertise of this 12 months and doubtless the previous few years as effectively. Whereas beers weren’t the first purpose I went overseas with my household, it was fascinating to see a tradition that has gravitated to a whole lot of the identical tastes in beer as America, simply via a prism that’s a couple of years behind ours. It was a little bit like time journey. Tasting quite a lot of hazy IPAs from breweries nonetheless feeling out the flavors and their processes was fairly illuminating, and sipping smoked stouts and West Coast IPAs from a floating taproom on an inland lake was an actual memorable second. Oh, and whereas it’s not beer, it’s additionally the place I realized to like Lengthy Drinks: the unique RTD. I used to be simply craving a blueberry one a couple of days in the past.” ~KK

Part Three has been probably the greatest, most constant and hottest craft breweries within the Chicago space because it began in Lake Zurich practically 5 years in the past. I used to be desirous to see what they’d do with a kitchen/taproom in Elmhurst. Man Ingesting Beer Steve and I visited throughout opening weekend in late August, and I’ve been again a bunch. The lumpia (pork-filled spring rolls) and corn ribs are nice appetizers, the double smash burgers are extremely good and the double dipped fried rooster is a tasty sandwich. You’re in all probability already accustomed to the beer because of the hazy IPA craze, however Elmhurst additionally affords beers off the lukr faucet and an engine. I am going largely for what solely will get launched to members and thru Oznr. In simply 4 months, I’ve fortunately tried Eunoias 14 (large cinnamon fan so this was successful), 15 (a bit candy) and 16 (apple brandy BA stout that I beloved), and Arches (once more with the nice cinnamon). Bonus: Bottle Idea Elmhurst is only a quick stroll away, and the faucet listing is normally nice.” ~EK

“My finest beer expertise of 2023 was a father-son highway journey from Austin to Indianapolis and the brewery and barbecue map he created to information our journey. From a Lone Star at Terry Black’s BBQ in Austin to flights at Turning Level close to Dallas, ready out an Oklahoma twister at Prairie Artisan Ales to pilsners at BKS earlier than a Kansas Metropolis Royals sport (and a go to to Arthur Bryant’s BBQ after), freshly tapped Budweiser on the supply in St. Louis to sharing a bottle of Aspect Challenge BBT, the Father’s Day weekend journey was a reminder that beer is as a lot about moments and the folks you’re sharing them with as it’s the product.” ~SP

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Written by many, compiled by one, this can be a collaborative publish with contributions from a minimum of two writers at Guys Ingesting Beer.





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