Slightly early with this one we may be, but we thought we’d run down some of the best tasting beers you can buy on the market today. Going on Rate My Beer rankings, the World Beer Award winners and a little bit of personal taste – here is our pick for four beers you should try this year. Although one of them is rather difficult to get hold of, but we’ll leave that one up to you.
Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
This legendary beer is definitely a mouthful of a name if nothing else. And an apt one as well, since no-one has been able to topple this beer from the list of the world’s greatest beers since it first debuted in 2012. Flavoured with coffee and caramel, it has an average Rate My Beer score of 4.53 – miles ahead of its nearest competitors. Toppling Goliath only brew 1000 of these every few years, and since its known as the world’s best beer amongst connoisseurs it sells out fast. Luckily for you, dear reader, the Iowa based brewers are preparing a new batch for 2018. Keep an eye on their website for when it drops or consider moving to Iowa. Your choice!
Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust
This fantastically named American style Pale Ale is Rate Beers number one its type so far in 2018 and also received near perfect scores in beer reviewing publications including Beer & Brewing Magazine. At a hefty 6.2% Zombie Dust packs as much punch as its fantastic artwork, which producers Three Floyd’s Brewing Company say was ‘created with our marvellous friends in the comic industry’. With pine and orange flavouring and the sought-after Citra hop as its sole base, this might just be ‘one’s only respite after the zombie apocalypse.’ Just as long as you’re in the Chicago area, of course.
This 4.7 ABV Belgian Style wheat beer tops Rate My Beers Witbier (the traditional Belgian name for this style) list and comes highly recommended by beer experts as well. Wheat beers are a favourite of this writer, and this is one beverage I have been lucky enough to try. Aged in a wine barrel and infused with ginger root, chamomile and lemon balm this is one holistic beer – and it tastes an absolute charm too with the malted wheat creaminess combining nicely with the sweet citrus undercurrent. And this writer never writes about beer like that, which tells you something.
Oh, and these Chicago based brewers have a brilliant name too – Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores, which means Order of the Eccentric Boilers in (slightly broken) Latin.
Ok, so this last one might be a little controversial – but its definitely one more available to UK customers. This African inspired coconut beer isn’t highly rated by Rate My Beer, nor has it won many awards, but this writer thought it was delicious. Albeit quite sweet. Purchasable in all specialist alcohol suppliers in the UK, consider also finding an authentic West African gourd to enhance your drinking experience. Or not!