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Snallygaster 2019: Our Top Ten Lists

What’s that? You want more Snallygaster 2019 content? You want more rankings and lists and things to argue over? Fine fine, twist our collective arm. But first, you should buy tickets

Again, note that this year Snallygaster is mixing it up a bit; beers no longer cost Snallybucks, and with price removed from the calculations we think you’ll see longer lines for some of the more coveted beers at the festival. You’re no longer paying in cold, hard cash, you’re paying in something more precious: time. That means it’s time to introduce… line beers! 

Photo of a long queue - Lines may be long at Snallygaster 2019, don't queu up empty handed, get a line beer first!
The lines may be long, so don’t queue up empty-handed!

Line beers: the beers you drink while waiting in line for #whaelzbro!™

Jake’s Top 10 Line Beers – Domestic Edition 

  1. Bierstadt Märzen Märzen 5.0% Jabberwock
  2. Black Narrows How Bout It Pale Lager w/ Heirloom Corn 4.2% Rodan
  3. Ocelot Sunnyside Dweller Pilsner 5.1% Mothra
  4. Creature Comforts Eukaryote Dry-Hopped Saison 4.4% Nessie
  5. Oxbow Past Tense Mixed Fermentation Grisette 5.5% Gargoyle
  6. Kent Falls Ellita Saison 3.0% Medusa
  7. Tired Hands Helles Other People Helles Lager 5.3% Rodan
  8. Heavy Seas Powder Monkey: Fuggles & Goldings Pale Ale w/ Fuggles & Goldings Hops (Cask) 4.8% Leviathan
  9. Bruery Terreux Wit The Funk Barrel-Aged Mixed Fermentation Witbier 5.4% Gargoyle
  10. Arizona Wilderness Wilderpils Pilsner 4.8% Nessie

Top 10 Line Beers – International Edition

  1. De La Senne Taras Boulba Belgian Blond Ale 4.5% Kraken
  2. Fyne Jarl Blond Ale w/ Citra Hops (Cask) 3.8% Kraken
  3. Mahr’s aU Ungespundet Naturtrüb Kellerbier 5.2% Gamera
  4. Mahr’s Helles Helles Lager 4.9% Gamera
  5. Mönchsambacher Lagerbier Kellerbier 5.5% Gamera
  6. Weissenohe Altfränkisch Klosterbier (#6) Märzen (Gravity Keg) 5.0% Leviathan
  7. Weissenohe Mönchskeller (#8) Märzen (Gravity Keg) 5.0% Leviathan
  8. Weissenohe Pils Pilsner (Gravity Keg) 5.0% Leviathan
  9. Weissenohe Green MONKey: Hersbrucker (#2) Kellerbier (Gravity Keg) 5.8% Leviathan
  10. Weissenohe Green MONKey: Polaris (#3) Kellerbier (Gravity Keg) 5.8% Leviathan

Top 10 Hazies, as we scored them

  1. Burial The Tearing of Flesh From Bone Hazy Double IPA w/ Mosaic & El Dorado Hops 8.2% Nessie
  2. The Veil whitebugatti Hazy Triple IPA w/ Galaxy & Citra Hops 11.0% Mothra
  3. Monkish Million Dollar Backpack Hazy Double IPA w/ Galaxy, Vic Secret, Cashmere & Centennial (Side Project Collab.) 8.1% Nessie
  4. Monkish Water Balloon Street Fighter Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe Hops 8.4% Nessie
  5. Grimm Spiritual Consultant Hazy IPA w/ Rakau & Mosaic Hops 7.5% Kraken
  6. Grimm Zap Hazy Double IPA w/ Citra, Azacca & Simcoe Hops 8.0% Kraken
  7. Great Notion Puppy Love Hazy Session IPA w/ Citra, Amarillo & Sabro Hops 5.4% Jabberwock
  8. Great Notion Pineapple Juice Invader Hazy IPA w/ Galaxy Hops & Pineapple 7.0% Jabberwock
  9. Bissell Brothers Lux Hazy Pale Ale w/ Mosaic Hops 5.1% Medusa
  10. Bissell Brothers Assume Positive Intent Hazy Pale Ale w/ Sabro, Southern Passion & Callista Hops 6.0% Medusa

Top 10 Pastry Bois, as we scored them

  1. Southern Grist Doe Boy Fresh Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla & Creme Brulee Coffee (Horus Collab.) 15.2% Jabberwock
  2. Perennial Barrel-Aged Abraxas Rye Whiskey Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Chocolate, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Chilies 11.2% Gargoyle
  3. Cigar City Xquic’s Imperial Stout w/ Maple Syrup, Coffee, Chocolate, Vanilla, Chilies & Cinnamon 11.0% Cyclops
  4. Great Notion Hot Fudge Saturday Imperial Stout w/ Chocolate, Vanilla, Walnuts & Strawberries 9.0% Jabberwock
  5. Foam Bonus Track: 20 Imperial Stout w/ Hazelnuts & Vanilla 8.0% Medusa
  6. The Bruery Chocolate Rain Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla & Chocolate 19.5% Gargoyle
  7. Horus Hazelnut Harris Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout w/ Coffee & Hazelnuts 13.0% Jabberwock
  8. Great Raft Barrel-Aged Old Mad Joy: Cinnamon Y Churros Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter w/ Cinnamon & Churros 10.0% Gamera
  9. Creature Comforts Welcome, My Friends Imperial Stout w/ Vanilla, Coffee & Almonds 11.2% Nessie
  10. Cloudwater You’ve Been Spotted Imperial Stout w/ Apples, Cinnamon, Vanilla & Allspice (Kees Collab.) 9.0% Gamera

Top 10 Crispy Bois, as we scored them

  1. Weissenohe Pils Pilsner (Gravity Keg) 5.0% Leviathan
  2. Mahr’s Helles Helles Lager 4.9% Gamera
  3. Threes Vliet Pilsner 5.2% Kraken
  4. pFriem Pilsner Pilsner 4.9% Jabberwock
  5. Hill Farmstead Marie Helles Lager 5.0% Kraken
  6. Highland Park Pleasant Pils Pilsner 5.3% Gamera
  7. Foam Giants Pilsner 4.6% Medusa
  8. Diamondback Zlaty Pilsner 4.9% Rodan
  9. Arizona Wilderness Wilderpils Pilsner 4.8% Nessie
  10. Ocelot Sunnyside Dweller Pilsner 5.1% Mothra

Sara Jane Curran has lists! You should listen to her podcast, Beer Me! 

Overall Snallygaster 2019 Top 10:

  1. Modern Times/Heater Allen Marzen Collab
  2. Scratch Brewing Saison w/ Carrots
  3. Wolves & People Grisette w/ Boysenberries
  4. pFriem pilsner
  5. Mahrs Kellerbier
  6. Bluejacket/Bierstadt Rauchbeir collab
  7. Fonta Flora Mixed fermentation Kvass w/ strawberry and sumac
  8. Black Narrows Pale Lager with Heirloom Corn
  9. Bierstadt Slow pour pils
  10. Jester King Spon

Top 10 for people new to beer:

  1. 3 Fonteinen Lambic
  2. Cascade Barrel-aged Sour Red Ale w/ Pinot Noir Grapes
  3. Cloudwater Hazy IPA
  4. Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 2017
  5. Hill Farmstead (any – but hopefully, mixed fermentation Saison)
  6. Thin Man, Trail by Wombat, Hazy IPA w/ Galaxy Hops
  7. Perennial Barrel-aged Abraxas (BONUS: Blood Orange Suburban Beverage)
  8. Mahr’s Kellerbier
  9. Tilquin Gueuze
  10. pFriem Pilsner

Jake’s Top 10 Best Beer Names

  1. Crooked Run Crispocurrency Pale Lager (Fair Winds Collab.) 4.0% Mothra
  2. Courtyard Spiders Are Kind of Weird Hazy IPA w/ Cashmere & Galaxy Hops 6.5% Nessie
  3. Union Schmoke Rauchbier 5.6% Gargoyle
  4. Thin Man Trial By Wombat Hazy IPA w/ Galaxy Hops 7.0% Rodan
  5. Garden Path Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo Barrel-Aged Bière de Garde (Thirez Collab.) 7.4% Nessie
  6. Tired Hands Helles Other People Helles Lager 5.3% Rodan
  7. Wooden Robot A Sour Darkly Barrel-Aged Sour Brown Ale 6.4% Kraken
  8. The Answer Fields of Glycol Hazy Double IPA w/ Cashmere, Citra, Simcoe & Mosaic Hops 8.0% Medusa
  9. Aslin Beer Drinking Is Not a Crime Hazy Double IPA w/ Nelson & Citra Hops 8.5% Rodan
  10. Great Raft Come What Mayhaw Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Sour Blond Ale w/ Mayhaws (Upland Collab.) 7.0% Gamera

Top 10 Beers to Avoid if You Are Lactose Intolerant 

  1. Great Notion Blueberry Cobbler Muffin Sour Ale w/ Blueberries, Cinnamon, Vanilla & Lactose (Southern Grist Collab.) 5.0% Jabberwock
  2. Other Half Double Dry-Hopped Cream of Broccolli Hazy Double IPA w/ Cascade, Hallertau Blanc, Mosaic & Simcoe Hops & Lactose 7.9% Nessie
  3. Southern Grist Batida: Mango Sour Ale w/ Orange, Key Lime, Mango, Coconut & Lactose (Finback Collab.) 6.5% Jabberwock
  4. Southern Grist Imperial Double Fruited Vanilla Black Currant Boysenberry Hill Sour Ale w/ Black Currants, Boysenberries, Vanilla & Lactose 7.3% Jabberwock
  5. Tired Hands Ramos Gin Fizz Milkshake Milkshake IPA w/ Lemon, Lime, Juniper, Orange Blossom, Vanilla & Lactose (Omnipollo Collab.) 7.2% Rodan
  6. Other Half Mixed Berry Crunchee Berliner Weisse w/ Mixed Berries, Almonds, Cinnamon, Maple Syrup, Vanilla, Coconut, & Lactose 7.4% Nessie
  7. Commonwealth Hemingway Gose w/ Key Lime, Pistachios, Graham Crackers & Lactose 5.5% Jabberwock
  8. True Respite Hazelnut Mocha Latte Imperial Stout w/ Hazelnuts, Coffee, Vanilla & Lactose 10.5% Rodan
  9. The Veil Courage & Fear Sour Double IPA w/ Blackberries, Blueberries & Lactose 8.0% Mothra
  10. Stillwater Fruit (& Hops) On The Bottom: Batch 1 Sour IPA w/ Strawberries, Bananas, Vanilla, Yogurt & Lactose 6.0% Cyclops

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