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The Best Beers of 2019 by Style Category

Craft beer in 2019 was defined by extraordinary variety on shelves, in taprooms and in refrigerators across the nation. Our judges in the Official Review sampled a wide swath of them, and each year, we acknowledge the highest-rated beers of the year in some of the most well-represented style categories.

In this list, you’ll find a treasure trove of scintillating beer styles, including some of the finest American IPAs, double IPAs, wild specialty beers, fruit lambics, saisons and American wild ales that our judges imbibed over the course of 2019.

Belgian beers made a resurgence among our judges and were some of the highest-scoring beers in 2019. Specialty wood-aged beers, which are aged in bourbon, rum, whiskey or other barrels, also featured heavily. Further well represented are fruit beers and spice, herb or vegetable beers, which feature all manner of those delicious adjuncts that make the craft beer industry the enjoyable, ever-evolving environment that keeps fans engaged and interested year-round.

Mixed-style beers, which blend two or more styles of beer in a single concoction, and strong Belgian ales, such as dubbels, tripels, golden strong ales and dark strong ales, were also quite popular with our judges in 2019 and are well represented on this list.

Our breweries of the year make multiple appearances on this list, as it makes sense for our best breweries to also produce some of the best beers in various distinct style categories in 2019.

We hope this list piques your interest with its varied styles featured, and each of these beers deserves a special place in your beer fridge due to being some of the best examples of their respective styles.


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