(Santa Rosa, CA)
This is my favorite time of year. We get to take some time in order to honor many of our favorite people in the beer industry. Because without all the people behind the beer, behind the distributors and behind the retailers, we really are nothing. The people out there that are doing the hard work to put beer in our glasses have truly earned our recognition. It's my great pleasure to announce the results of RateBeer Best 2011.
Nearly 3 million times, RateBeer beer reviewers worldwide have raised a glass to review a new beer. We have tallied those scores and now present them as our competition results.
RateBeer Best was again the largest beer competition in the world -- 130,000 beers from over 10,000 brewers worldwide were tallied. A particular emphasis was placed on tastings from the last year's performance. Additionally, brewpubs, bottle shops, restaurants and bars from around the world were awarded prizes. Cheers to all the winners and to everyone who keeps the world of craft beer growing as a fun, cooperative community devoted to excellence.
RateBeer is now home to the most experienced beer critics in the world with nine master beer tasters having over 10,000 documented beer ratings. Jens Ungstrup, the beer rating leader is now closing in on 20,000 beers to his credit - what we believe to be a world record for documented beer reviews. That's a phenomenal feat thought to be impossible even just a few years ago.
Despite the majority of reviewers and beers being American, the community is enriched by 90% of RateBeer's top 10 raters being from outside the United States with the top 100 beers hailing from seven countries. The depth and breadth of RateBeer's beer database is unsurpassed.
Unlike other beer contests, the emphasis was largely placed on tasting commercial samples -- not special batches prepared for festivals. Additionally, most beers were not tasted in large flights, allowing a more reliable and accurate account of the beer.
Press contact: Joe Tucker, President, RateBeer, LLC. +1 (302) 476-2337.
THE BEST BEERS IN THE WORLD - OVERALL
The best 100 beers in the world as rated by tens of thousands of our worldwide tasters. All beers listed are gold medal winners
THE BEST BEERS IN THE WORLD BY STYLE CATEGORY
All beers listed are gold medal winners. (Note: In some instances the displayed scores are equal for beers of different places. This is not an error. Our calculations simply render much greater detail than we can display.)
THE BEST BREWERS IN THE WORLD
All brewers listed are gold medal winners. (The total number of brewers in our contest is over 10000. The 100 listed represents the top 1% of all brewers -- the creme de la creme of world brewing; a greater percentage of the population qualifies as genius for comparison.)
THE 2010 TOP NEW BREWERS IN THE WORLD
From the list of all new brewers, these have risen to the top. We anticipate these are the brewers to watch in the coming years.
BEST BEERS BY COUNTRY
All beers listed; gold, silver and bronze medal winners. Ratings are by RateBeer representatives living in each country tasting the beers available there. Only countries with adequate representation are listed below.
Australia and New Zealand- Best beers
Belgium - Best beers
Canada - Best beers
Denmark - Best beers
Germany - Best beers
Italy - Best beers
Japan - Best beers
The Netherlands - Best beers
Sweden - Best beers
British Isles - Best beers
United States - Best beers