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50 beers to drink before you die: the full list

Now that my "50 beers to drink before you die" series is finally done, I’m posting the full list of all 50 beers I selected for a handy reference. Organized by theme and the order in which I presented.

American West Coast (Part 1)

  1. Anchor Steam
  2. Widmer Hefeweizen
  3. Shakespeare Stout
  4. Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  5. Alaskan Smoked Porter

European Icons (Part 2)

  1. Celebrator Doppelbock
  2. Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen
  3. Lindemans Framboise Lambic
  4. Guinness Extra Stout
  5. Pilsner Urquell

Extreme Beers (Part 3)

  1. Samichlaus
  2. Cave Creek Chili Beer
  3. 90 Minute IPA
  4. Midas Touch Golden Elixir
  5. Samuel Adams Utopias

United Kingdom (Part 4)

  1. Young’s Bitter
  2. Fuller’s London Porter
  3. Theakston Old Peculier
  4. Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
  5. Orkney SkullSplitter

Belgian (Part 5)

  1. Saison Dupont
  2. Jenlain Original French Ale
  3. St. Bernardus Witbier
  4. Rodenbach Grand Cru
  5. Trappistes Rochefort 8

American East Coast (Part 6)

  1. Sam Adams Boston Lager
  2. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
  3. Victory Prima Pils
  4. Black Radish Dark Lager
  5. Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

German (Part 7)

  1. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
  2. Reissdorf Kölsch
  3. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen
  4. Köstritzer Schwarzbier
  5. Aventinus

"On the scene" picks (Part 8)

  1. Düsseldorf, Germany: Altbier
  2. Belgium: Lambic
  3. Munich, Germany: Oktoberfest
  4. Burton upon Trent, England: Bitter (and others)
  5. Portland, Oregon: Varied

Around the World (Part 9)

  1. Sapporo (Japan)
  2. Sheaf Stout (Australia)
  3. Flying Horse Royal Lager (India)
  4. Singha (Thailand)
  5. Baltika Porter (Russia)

The Final Five (Part 10)

  1. Arrogant Bastard Ale
  2. Style: Sahti (Finnish)
  3. Style: Kvass (Russian)
  4. Homebrew
  5. Your local brewery’s beer

Naturally, this is an entirely subjective list—I picked the beers that I thought were representative of styles, region, and/or quality, or gave my reasons otherwise, knowing full well that other people’s lists may well be entirely different. This list isn’t endeavoring to be the be-all, end-all list of the worlds 50 best beers or anything—just something I’ve had fun with, and hopefully everybody else has, too.

There’s been some good suggestions in comments, and at least one other list that I’ve come across that was generated by this series… I’ll list those in a later post.