SANTA ROSA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Freshly poured glasses of Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Younger triple IPA beer sit on a counter at Russian River Brewing Company on February 7, 2014 in Santa Rosa, California. Hundreds of people lined up hours before the opening of Russian River Brewing Co. to taste the 10th annual release of the wildly popular Pliny the Younger triple IPA beer that will only be available on tap from February 7th through February 20th. Craft beer aficionados rank Pliny the Younger as one of the top beers in the world. The craft beer sector of the beverage industry has grown from being a niche market into a fast growing 12 billion dollar business, as global breweries continue to purchase smaller regional craft breweries such this week's purchase of New York's Blue Point Brewing by AB Inbev.

Beer for everyone! Well, 21 and older that is.

One of the many things I love about living in North Carolina is that we have a ton of breweries. I normally drink the seltzer, but I do like a nice light beer now and then. Zymurgy Magazine, the publication of the American Homebrewers Association, just announced its list of top beers and breweries for the year, and wouldn’t you know, one of them is right here in North Carolina. Here are the results below.

Top Breweries

  1.  Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, Mich.*
  2.  Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.*
  3.  Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa and Windsor, Calif.*
  4.  Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
  5.  Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.*
  6.  TreeHouse Brewing Co., Charlton, Mass.*
  7.  Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.*
  8.  The Alchemist, Stowe, Vt.*
  9.  New Belgium Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colo.
  10.  (Tied) Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, Calif.*
  11. (Tied) Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.*


Top Beers

  1.  Bell’s Two Hearted Ale*
  2.  Russian River Pliny the Elder*
  3. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale*
  4. The Alchemist Heady Topper*
  5. Bell’s Hopslam*
  6. Three Floyds Zombie Dust*
  7.  Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale*
  8.  Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  9.  Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA *
  10. North Coast Old Rasputin*

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