It’s always fun to read “best beers” lists, but it’s especially exciting to see your own local breweries floating to the top of beer media’s best picks from around the globe. In this year’s 100 Best Beers in the World from Men’s Journal, three beers from New York City-based brewers made it to the list of the world’s finest, and all three of them were from Brooklyn.
To whittle a world of beer into 100 choices is a challenge, to be sure, but the Men’s Journal editors* have crossed beer borders from the U.S. to Belgium to Germany and beyond, starting within our guts and reaching to the outer edges of the beer world to source opinions from the beverage’s many leaders. Seeking feedback from brewery owners, brewmasters, bar owners and bottle shop purveyors near and far, we compiled an international roster of stellar ales and lagers that we can all agree are well-made and well-received, no matter who you are, where you live or what kind of beer you love.
That being said, three of the most exciting picks this year are from brewing companies based right here at home: Brooklyn Brewery, Threes Brewing and Grimm Artisanal Ales.
Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace (Saison)
Brooklyn shines a spotlight on the deliciously unique Sorachi Ace hops in this strong Belgian-style saison. “Sorachi Ace is a delicious but difficult hop to brew,” says Dave McLean, owner of Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery. “But Brooklyn’s Sorachi Ace is polished and focused.” The Japanese-developed hops bring a bold lemon zest and lemongrass character that with a lesser brewer could taste like soap.
Threes Brewing Vilet (Pilsner)
Next time you hear someone say, “It’s pretty good… for a pilsner,” consider a backhanded slap. Or at least your most aggressive eye-roll: The pilsner is one of the most notoriously difficult styles to make, despite its reputation for simplicity. And this version, from Threes Brewing in Brooklyn, is as good as any you’ll find: crisp and smooth, with perfect mouthfeel and just the right amount of hoppiness.
Grimm Artisanal Ales Double Negative (Imperial Stout)
Gypsy-brewing couple Joe Grimm and Lauren Carter Grimm make some of America’s most lusted-after IPAs, canning cloudy-juicy fruit delivery vehicles that sell as soon as they hit shelves. The Brooklynites are far more than IPA machines, however, doling out wood-seasoned, dry-hopped sours and imperial stouts that serve as a master class in balance. Double Negative ain’t no overbearing imperial stout; it’s a black hole swirling with blueberries and dark chocolate, with the creaminess of a well-made cortado.
To see the full list of 2016 picks, check out the gallery on MensJournal.com > The 100 Best Beers in the World.
Congratulations to Brooklyn, Threes and Grimm for making it to the list of the best beers on the planet! We hope to see beers from the other boroughs join the ranks next year, too. Which other New York beers do you think deserved to be on the list?
*Editors for this year’s 100 Best Beers in the World included Mike Conklin (senior editor at Men’s Journal), Matt Allyn (former senior associate online editor at Men’s Journal, now senior editor at Popular Mechanics), Josh Bernstein (author of Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer), and Cat Wolinski.