My best beers of 2017

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Well despite having to cut the amount of beer I was drinking in the latter half of the year I can look back on 2017 and reflect on some amazing ales. Below you'll find some of my personal highlights along with what I have crowned as the best beer I've drunk over the last twelve months.

Highly Commended - Yellow Belly Sundae by Buxton and Omnipollo

I've made no secret of my love for the original Yellow Belly but this year I finally got a the opportunity to try the bourbon barrel aged version and it was amazing. You can read my full review here.

Highly Commended - Grower Owned by Magic Rock and YCH Hops

This IPA was everything that you'd want from the NE style and was one of many phenomenal beers that Magic Rock produced this year. You can read my full review here.

Highly Commended - Apex Twin by Time and Tide

Another barrel aged beauty, this time Time and Tide's Apex Twin. I was lucky enough to get a pre release bottle it was another great example from one of the brightest and most interesting breweries in the UK right now. You can read my full review here.

Highly Commended - Into the Haze by Deya

This came very close to being my favourite beer of the year and is certainly the best sub 7% IPA that I've had in 2017. It was liking biting into a hoppy cloud! You can read my full review here.

Highly Commended - Brazilian Breakfast Stout by Southsea Brewing

I first tried this at the inaugural Southsea Ale Club Tasting Night and it blew me away when fresh, but sampled again recently after six months of aging it truly is a thing of beauty. I still haven't completed a full review but I've got some instagram tasting notes here.

Highly Commended - Putty by Verdant

This NE style DIPA is just one of many hoppy masterpieces produced by the Cornish wizards. You can read my full review here.

Highly Commended - Jurassix DIPA by Staggeringly Good

Another local beer and this project produced not only a beautiful DIPA but also some of the coolest cans you could ever hope to see. To read more about this collaboration between Staggeringly Good and six amazing local artists, as well as a review of the beer itself, click here.

Highly Commended - Passion Fruit Lassi IPA by Northern Monk

Combining striking artwork with an IPA packed with tropical fruit flavours was a masterstroke by one of the UK's most consistent breweries. You can read my full review here.

My best beer of 2017 - Chubbles by Cloudwater and The Veil

I said at the time of drinking, way back in September, that this would likely feature in this list and it proved a beer hard to beat. You can read why it's my beer of 2017 by clicking here.

What was the best beer you drank in 2017?

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