Beers of the Year | Jim Dunn

lenny 75You can’t beat that and I know many of the special moments from this year have been accompanied by a good bottle (or can) of beer. 

 

I am a beer snob and I am not afraid to admit it. The growth of craft brewing in this country is a welcome thing in my books. Instead of making us all the same (would you like fries with that) there is a growing need to speacialize. What that does is give us the opportunity to have unique beverage experiences almost any where we go. You can’t beat that and I know many of the special moments from this year have been accompanied by a good bottle (or can) of beer. A guy I used to work with often told me when I got excited about canned beer that “its just packaging!” Of course he previously worked for one of the beer giants and any way you package pee, it is still going to taste like pee. A great IPA in a can or right from the tap of the brewer is near a religious experience. E3 IPA

So here is my list. You will notice I like…love…adore IPAs and I love their little shock to my system. These are in no particular order because, like my children, I am not going to put one in front of the other. C=Can, B=Bottle, G=Growler, and OT=On Tap. 

  • Renegade Elvation Triple IPA (C) – Denver, CO
  • Great Divide Hercules Double IPA (G, B) – Denver, CO
  • Founders Centennial IPA (B) – Grand Rapids, MI
  • Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA (B) – Saratoga, NY
  • Uinta Hopnotch (C) – Salt Lake City, UT
  • New Belgium Rampant IPA (B) – Fort Collins, CO
  • Stone IPA (B) – Escondido, CA
  • Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA (C) – Frederick, MD
  • Firestone Walker Wookey Jack (B) – Paso Robles, CA
  • Odell Myrcenary Double IPA (B) – Fort Collins, CO
  • Deschutes Inversion IPA (B) – Bend, OR
  • Harpoon Brewing IPA (B) – Boston, MA
  • Boulder Nitro Mojo IPA (B) – Boulder, CO
  • Saratoga IPA (OT) – Saratoga, NY

…and just to prove I am not stuck in my ways: Modern Times Black House Coffee Stout (C) – San Diego, CA

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Jim Dunn grew up in NY in the 70s and 80s. Even though that time in music really shapes his appreciation it does not define it. Music, like his beloved history is a long intermingled path that grows, builds and steals from its past. He lives in Colorado with his lovely wife and a wild bunch of animals.

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