The Beer Bucket List

Every serious craft beer drinker should have their own Beer Bucket List, or a list of all the beers they should try before the zombie apocalypse wipes out all of mankind. Since time is precious, I’ve done some of the hard work for you and created a list of what I consider the top beers you should try.

Many craft beer lovers will have strong opinions on what beers deserve a top spot on their bucket list. I’ve grouped the following list by beer style, and have tried to add a mixture of hard-to-find beers, limited release beers, always available beers, and others. A few beers on this list, such as Westvletern XII are beers you may never come across if you missed the one-time release.

If you know what style you’re looking for, check for that first! Suggestions are welcome and I’ll continue to add recommended brews as they cross my path. Happy drinking!


The List

American Amber / Red Ale

  • Troegs Nugget Nectar (7.50% ABV)
    Available in Spring

American  Double / Imperial IPA

  • Bell’s Hopslam (10.0% ABV)
    Available in Winter
  • Columbus Brewing Company Bodhi (8.0% ABV)
  • Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree IPA (12.0% ABV)
    Available in Spring
  • Great Lakes Alchemy Hour Double IPA (9.40% ABV)
    Available in Spring (releases in February)
  • Lagunitas Sucks Brown Shugga Substitute Ale (7.85% ABV)
    Limited Release (released in late Winter)
  • Stone Ruination IPA (7.70% ABV)
    Available year-round

American  Double / Imperial Stout

American IPA

  • Stone IPA (6.90% ABV)
    Available year-round

American Pale Wheat Ale

  • Three Floyds Gumballhead (5.60% ABV)
    Available year-round but has limited location distribution

American Strong Ale

Belgian Dark Ale

Belgian Strong Dark Ale

English Barleywine

  • Weyerbacher Insanity (11.10% ABV)

Flanders Oud Bruin

  • Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale (5.50% ABV)
    Available year-round

Old Ale

Pumpkin Ale

Russian Imperial Stout

  • Dark Horse Plead the 5th Imperial Stout (11.0% ABV)
  • Oskar Blues Ten FIDY (10.50% ABV)
    Available in Fall

Quadrupel (Quad)

  • Westvleteren XII (10.20% ABV)
    Year-round but you’ll have to go to Belgium to get it (with the exception of the one-time release in the U.S. at the end of 2012)


What is your top beer if you could pick just only one??


3 Responses to The Beer Bucket List

  1. Mike says:

    I’m currently enjoying a beer from my list, Ommegang’s Three Philosophers. It’s delicious

  2. Kelly A Kelly W says:

    Thanks for the offer Angie! I’ve been to Michigan many times – love the state and love the beer that comes out of that state. Cheers!

  3. angie says:

    If you are ever in Michigan in the Ann Arbor Ypsilanti area let me know I can get you in touch with the owners of Arbor Brewing Company. You can look them up online.

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