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DCBeer’s Top Beers of 2013

It's a measure of the devotion that our staff has for you, our readers, that we go out and put ourselves in the line of fire to do all these tastings, samplings, and general quality control of craft beer day after day, week after week, and month after month. It really gets old sometimes trying all these delicious beers. But someone has to do it, and damn it, we're up to the challenge. 2013 brought to our palates a bevy of tasty beverages (and some clunkers). Here are our staff members' top choices from the year that was (with comments where appropriates in parentheses), and we've got some honorable mentions at the end as well. You'll see there was a healthy mix of styles and geographies with local breweries well represented, which is a good sign for 2014. What were your top beers of 2013? Let us know in the comments!

Chris Van Orden: 3 Stars Brewing Company Harvester of Sorrow, Union Craft Brewing Barleyweisse, Odell Brewing Company Fernet-aged Porter

Bill DeBaun: Allagash Brewing Company Resurgam, Freigeist & Jester King Sauer Power, DC Brau/Union Brewing Company Yonder Cities

Andrew Nations: Bell's Brewery Two Hearted Ale at the Craft Brewers Conference. My first in 6 months…
Bill Jusino:  Stillwater Artisanal Ales Classique, Founders Brewing Company All Day IPA (not a new beer, but new in cans–blah blah craft in cans, but Classique and All Day are particularly well-suited to cans), 3 Stars Brewing Company Born Sinner and Harvester of Sorrow, Right Proper Brewing Company Ornette (any local beer under 4% ABV deserves attention, and RP is coming through big time with this one.)
Jake Berg:  Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store Munton Chuck Porter, Otter Creek Brewing and Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Dose, 3 Stars Brewing Company Harvester of Sorrow and Zombie Date Night, Goose Island Brewery Gillian, Adroit Theory B/A/Y/S Imperial Stout
Nick Rakowski: Stillwater Artisanal Ales Classique, 3 Stars Brewing Company Harvester of Sorrow, Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project Hop Savant
David Slentz: The Brewer's Art / Right Proper Brewing Company Brimstone and Clover, Birrifico Le Baladin Lurisia Otto, The Bruery Six Geese-a-Laying, Founders Brewing Company Cerise, Funkwerks Deceit
Josh "JP" Perry: Anchorage Brewing Company / Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison, Devils Backbone Brewing Company Vulkaan Oude BruinSwamp Head Brewery Darkwater Floridian Dark AleAtlas Brew Works Rowdy, 3 Stars Brewing Company Harvester of Sorrow, Lost Rhino Brewing Company Final Glide
John Fleury: Hopfenstark Boson De Higgs, Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes Square Root 225, Upright Brewing Fantasia, Jester King Viking Metal
Also Deserving of Attention:
  • Allagash Brewing Company Merveilleux
  • Allagash Brewing Company Avance
  • Allagash Brewing Company FV-13
  • Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel
  • Birrificio del Ducato Brett Peat Daydream
  • Blackfoot River 2013 Brewers Reserve Montambic Lambic Style Sour
  • Blue Mountain Local Species
  • Boulevard Brewing Company Russian Imperial Stout
  • Boulevard Brewing Company Love Child #3
  • Brauhaus Hartmannsdorf Ritterguts Gose
  • The Bruery Bois
  • The Bruery Smoking Wood
  • The Bruery Sour in the Rye
  • DC Brau Heurich Lager
  • Goose Island Brewery Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Hill Farmstead Clara
  • Hogan Cider Panking Pole
  • Innis and Gunn Olorso Sherry Scotch Ale 
  • Jester King Das Wunderkind!
  • Jolly Pumpkin IO Sasion
  • La Blaugies and Hill Farmstead La Vermontoise
  • Local Option Kentucky Common 
  • Logsdon Peche n Brett
  • Lost Nation Petit Ardennes 
  • Mad Fox / Meridian Pint: Post Meridian Schwarzbier
  • Maine Beer Company Red Wheelbarrow
  • New Belgium Brewing Company Hop Kitchen French Aramis IPA
  • North Coast Brewing Company Grand Cru
  • Picobrouwerji Alvinne Wild West
  • Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Narwhal
  • Stillwater Green Peppercorn Single
  • Terrapin Beer Company Side Project 19 Mosiac Rye,
  • Westbrook Brewing Company Gose

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