Best Georgia Beer

 

(Edited 1/2/18 to fix the winner of Alabama’s “New ‘Everything Else’ Beer”)

The Results are in!

Here are this year’s winners for the best in Georgia and Alabama craft beer. Nearly 3,000 people voted, almost triple the number from last year. And here’s what you said:

How this all went down:

  • Results are 100% based on reader/listener voting.
  • Nomination round allowed write-in for all categories.
  • Final voting was Top 10 (give or take) for each category in the nomination round.

Best Georgia Beer IPA

BEST NEW IPA

Alabama

  1. TrimTab Brewing | Gallery Series #005 New England IPA
  2. Big Beach Brewing Company | Mullet Over Session IPA
  3. Singin’ River Brewing CompanyIPAcalypse Now

Georgia

  1. Monday Night Brewing | Dust Bunny Hazy IPA
  2. Jekyll Brewing | Southern Juicy Juice IPA
  3. Variant Brewing Co. | Cashmere IPA

Note: Just 1% separated the Top three Georgia IPAs.

BEST NEW DOUBLE IPA/IMPERIAL IPA

Alabama

  1. TrimTab Brewing | #006 Double IPA
  2. Big Beach Brewing Company | Party in the Back Double IPA

Georgia

  1. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Tropicalisima Double IPA
  2. Scofflaw Brewing | Double Basement Double IPA
  3. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Modern Comforts Double IPA (Collaboration with Modern Times Beer)

BEST NEW WILD/SOUR BEER

Alabama

  1. Ghost Train Brewing Company | Kaleidoscope (Kettle Sour)
  2. Avondale Brewing | Blend #3 (Mixed Fermentation Golden Sour Aged On Raspberries)

Georgia

  1. Variant Brewing Co. | Raspberry Lemon Gose (Fruited Gose)
  2. Monday Night Brewing | Dr. Robot (Sour Ale)
  3. Three Taverns Brewing | Inceptus 2017 (American Wild Ale)

Best Alabama Beer Stout

BEST NEW STOUT

Alabama

  1. Straight to Ale | Stout at the Devil

Note: TrimTab’s Language of Thunder and Fairhope Brewing‘s Kingslayer received numerous votes, but were ineligible as they were released after the eligibility cutoff date.

Georgia

  1. Monday Night Brewing | Tears of My Enemies
  2. Three Taverns | German Chocolate Helm’s Deep
  3. Scofflaw Brewing | Barrel-aged Absentium

BEST NEW “EVERYTHING ELSE” BEER

There were a lot of beers that didn’t fit into one of the above categories but were still awesome so we made this category as a catch-all for those beers.  We almost added a Best Lager category but there weren’t quite enough lager releases for that.  Maybe next year we’ll need to add it.

Alabama

  1. Fairhope Brewing | Cheap Sunglasses Blonde Ale

(EDIT 1/2/18: Back Forty’s Peanut Butter has been in existence for longer than a year. We – Aaron – apologizes for this Steve Harvey moment).

  1. Back Forty Beer Company | Peanut Butter Porter

Georgia

  1. Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative | Imperial Coconut Porter
  2. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | The Silent World (Dark Lager)
  3. Dry County Brewing Co. | DAMN IT ALL! (Barleywine)

BEST NEW BREWERY

Alabama

  1. Ghost Train Brewing (Birmingham)
  2. Green Bus Brewing (Huntsville)
  3. Red Hills Brewing (Vestavia Hills)

Georgia

  1. Monday Night Garage (Atlanta)
  2. Variant Brewing Co. (Roswell)
  3. Wild Leap Brewing Co. (LaGrange)

Best Georgia Brewpub

BEST NEW BREWPUB

Alabama

Note: There were no nominees in this category that fit the criteria. 

Georgia

  1. From the Earth Brewing Co. (Roswell)
  2. Good Word Brewing & Public House (Duluth)
  3. Hopstix (Chamblee)

OVERALL AWARDS  

These categories are for all dates, open to beer and breweries no matter when they were brewed or when they opened.

BEST IPA

Alabama

  1. Big Beach Brewing | 100 Daze IPA
  2. Fairhope Brewing | Take the Causeway IPA

Georgia

  1. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Tropicalia IPA
  2. Variant Brewing Co. | Cashmere IPA
  3. Scofflaw Brewing | Basement IPA

Best Alabama Beer DIPA

BEST DIPA/IMPERIAL IPA

Alabama

  1. Good People Brewing Company | Snake Handler Double IPA
  2. TrimTab Brewing Company | Tesserae Double IPA
  3. Cahaba Brewing Company | Fraxinus Maximus Double IPA

Georgia

  1. Orpheus Brewing | Transmigration of Souls Double IPA
  2. Creature Comforts Brewing Co.| Cosmik Debris Double IPA
  3. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Tropicalisima Double IPA

BEST OVERALL WILD/SOUR BEER

Alabama

  1. TrimTab Brewing | Paradise Now (Double Raspberry Berliner Weisse)
  2. Fairhope Brewing | Charlie (Golden Sour with Hibiscus and Passionfruit)

Georgia

  1. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Athena (Berliner Weisse)
  2. Three Taverns | Rapturous (Fruited Sour Ale)
  3. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Tritonia (Gose)

BEST OVERALL STOUT

Alabama

  1. Good People Brewing | El Gordo
  2. Fairhope Brewing | Judge Roy Bean
  3. Big Beach Brewing | Better Watch Out Stout

Georgia

  1. Monday Night Brewing | Tears of My Enemies
  2. The Burnt Hickory Brewery | Big Shanty
  3. Three Taverns Brewing | German Chocolate Helm’s Deep

Best Georgia Beer

BEST OVERALL “ANYTHING ELSE” BEER

Alabama

  1. Big Beach | Cream Ale

Georgia

  1. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Koko Buni (Milk Porter with toasted coconut, coffee, cocoa nibs)
  2. Monday Night Brewing | Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt (Barrel-aged Scotch Ale)
  3. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Automatic (Pale Ale)

BEST OVERALL BREWERY

Alabama

  1. Big Beach Brewing (Orange Beach)
  2. TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham)
  3. Fairhope Brewing (Fairhope)

Georgia

  1. Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens)
  2. Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta)
  3. Variant Brewing Co. (Roswell)

BEST OVERALL BREWPUB

Alabama

  1. Below the Radar (Huntsville)

Georgia

  1. Wrecking Bar Brewpub (Atlanta)
  2. Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative (Cumming)
  3. Torched Hop Brewing Company (Atlanta)

Best Alabama Beer Fest

BEST BEER FEST

Alabama

  1. (tie) Magic City Brewfest (Birmingham) / Rocket City Brewfest (Huntsville)

Georgia

  1. SweetWater 420Fest (Atlanta)
  2. Roswell Beer Festival (Roswell)
  3. Shelton Bros. The Festival (Atlanta)

BEST BEER BAR

Alabama

  1. The J. Clyde (Birmingham)
  2. The Beer Hog (Pelham)

Georgia

  1. The Porter Beer Bar (Atlanta)
  2. Brick Store Pub (Decatur)
  3. The Nest (Kennesaw)

Shout out to Applebee’s which received one nomination as Best Beer Bar in Georgia.

BEST BOTTLE SHOP

Alabama

  1. Hop City (Birmingham)
  2. Maggie’s Bottle and Tail (Orange Beach)
  3. Liquor Express and Craft Beer Store (Huntsville)

Georgia

  1. Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta)
  2. Ale Yeah! (Decatur)
  3. Five Points Bottle Shop (Athens)

Congratulations to all our nominees and winners! We’re sure this list will be open for debate. Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comments.