The Best New Beers of 2013

Our crew of experts—including beer writers and bar owners—selects the craft brews that stood out from the pack this year. If you haven't tried them all yet, you've got something to look forward to in 2014.

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Photo: Westbrook Brewing Co.

Westbrook Brewing Gose

From: Mount Pleasant, SC
Style: Gose
ABV: 4%
Website: westbrookbrewing.com

Sour German ales had a moment this year, with American breweries going bonkers for Champagne-effervescent Berliner weisse and salty, thirst-quenching gose (pronounced “GOES-UH”). But the real game-changer came when South Carolina’s Westbrook decide to stick its gose in a can. Guzzle it like beer-nerd Gatorade.—Josh Bernstein

  • Ralph K

    Pretty darn sure Stillwater is not in Stratford, CT. Perhaps thinking of Two Roads?

    • Chris S

      Yep—Brian Strumke brews this one out of Two Roads.

  • The dude

    Westbrook apple brandy mexican cake?

    • oldhippievet

      Sorry dude, not even on my drinkability list.

  • Mark Johnson

    Every year you guys ignore the midwest completely, with the exception of a couple selections from Chicago and (this year) a cider from Michigan. It’s always East coast, West coast, and a smattering from Colorado.

    • Chris S

      @disqus_bUbwG95bjq:disqus given the location of the panelists, there is certainly a skew—not so much due to bias but what’s available in those markets. We are continuing to do our best to cast as wide of a net as possible. That said, Bells, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, and Surly have all had strong representation on previous lists. Hope you found some beers to try in here at any rate…

    • Matt S

      Agreed. Lots of great sours here but missing Dan Carey’s Wild Sour Ale out of New Glarus is criminal.

  • Zach

    Alchemy Hour?

  • Jim C

    and another thing ‘one of your favorite IPAs, Zombie Dust from Three Floyds is not an IPA

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