Super Bowl Beer Battle!
BE Super Bowl Battle

I bet this weekend, a bunch of us will be watching the biggest sport event in the world: Super Bowl.

The great battle of two great teams: Patriots and Seahawks! And this is also a battle of two great city/areas, New England and Seattle!

This great battle led us to make our own battle here: Which city/area has the best craft breweries?!

NEW ENGLAND

New England’s beer culture is very rich and robust as a dark, toasty stout, Boston’s Herald’s food and beverage writer Kerry J. Byrne said a while ago!

So it is not that easy to elect the best ones, but we made our best effort. We decided to use Beer Advocate’s rates… We know it will be controversial, but at least it is a good start!

The Alchemist Brewery

A family brewery specialized in fresh, unfiltered IPA. They are very well known by their American Double IPA: Heady Topper! This beer is rated as the best beer in Beer Advocate!

For eight years, Heady Topper was served on tap exclusively at their seven-barrel brewpub in downtown Waterbury.

In early 2011, Alchemist Cannery, a 15-barrel brewery and canning line, was build for the production of the flagship IPA.

Today they brew 180 barrels per week in twelve 15-barrel batches.

Lawson’s Finest Liquids

High on a hill, in the Sugarhouse Brewery, small batches of the finest beer are carefully tended to bring you a remarkable beers that is only available in the heart of the Green Mountains.

Lawson’s Finest is a small batch artisanal microbrewery located in Warren, Vermont with the goal to provide local brews of the highest quality and freshness, while crafting unique new recipes and emulating the best of widely appreciated styles.

Considered their best beer, Double Sunshine IPA has collected many good reviews and prizes,

With some problems to keep up it the demand the brewery decided to brew one of their new creations - Sip of Sunshine IPA- at Two Roads Brewing, making more beer available on a regular basis.

Hill Farmstead Brewery

Hill Farmstead Brewery is the culmination of many years of travel and insight of friendships and explorations.

Considered the ‘Best New Brewery’ in the world in 2010 by Ratebeer, and elected again in 2012 as the “World’s Best Brewery", this brewery has been the center focus for pieces in every type of publications, from The New York Times to Vanity.

The brewery is the revival and continuation of 220 years of Hill heritage and hand crafted history in North Greensboro, Vermont.

Abner Imperial Pale Ale is considered their best brew - a great unfiltered and double dry hopped beer!

SEATTLE

The region has a great craft beer tradition. The first American brewpub since Prohibition was based in Yakima, Washington!

There are over 250 active breweries in the state and many are award-winning caliber companies! The city’s relaxed lifestyle is a perfect environment to create a new brewery and start your trip into this fast growing world!

Freemont Brewing Company

A very young brewery that has done a great work for the last few years.

A family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients.

Founded by an environmentalist / attorney specialized in beverage law, this brewery has some great creations. Few of them are very high ranked in all websites and got very good reviews.

The jewels in the crown are the Bourbon barrel-aged beers, with special highlight to the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition, an Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.

Black Raven Brewing Company

This brewery has a very simple mission: They brew beer that they want to drink!

A very creative team mixes old-world styles and northwest flavors in new and original beers. Every week, the brewers tap special cask on the bar at traditional English cask ale cellar temperatures with soft, natural carbonation.

As you can imagine, these casks sell out fast! Best to be there early before it is all gone.

Their main creation is the multi award-winner Old Birdbrain barleywine, aged in American rye whiskey barrels.

Elysian Brewing Company

This Capitol Hill brewery is one of Seattle’s oldest. Founded in 1995, Elysian is also one of the most creative breweries in the US, with more than 350 different brews since the opening batch.

The company also runs 4 of the best pub / restaurants in Seattle. The brewery has being the focus point of most of the craft beer discussions for the last few weeks because now they are part of the giant AB InBev group!

Their most rated creations are part of the Pumpkin Specialty range, with special highlight to Punkuccino, a pumpkin ale with a shot of coffee and just a shake of cinnamon.

Have you tried beers from all the breweries?

Which one is the best in your opinion?

Let us know who you think wins the Super Bowl Beer Battle?

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