The 10 Best Beers of 2014

The 10 Best Beers of 2014
Other Half Brewing

2014, I miss you already. The years seem to go by faster and faster, but at least the beers keep getting better and better. Especially here in the city, where our craft beer scene has blossomed into one of the nation's most vibrant. Not long ago, NYC-based breweries were overshadowed by more prominent players from neighboring regions. But the past half-decade has been defined by a renaissance of first-class fermentation. We now boast dozens of producers with global significance, and even more exciting newcomers on the horizon. As we struggle with the inevitable hangover of a new year, here's a little hair of the dog to help you through. In no particular order, here are the ten best local(ish) beers I drank in 2014.

The 10 Best Beers of 2014

10. Grimm Artisanal Ales - BFF Husband-and-wife team Joe and Lauren Grimm — self-described nomadic brewers — consistently produced some of Brooklyn's best beers in 2014. The dynamic duo's skills were handily showcased in this hop-heavy Tripel. A thoughtful melding of styles, BFF has the aroma and bitter-forward action of an American IPA, but manages to round itself out with a yeasty, Belgian backdrop. The most disappointing characteristic of this spring seasonal one-off is that it, like most Grimm beers, will probably never be brewed again.

The 10 Best Beers of 2014
Evil Twin

9. Evil Twin Brewing - Sour Bikini

This unapologetically sour pale ale is not for the uninitiated. If you're a noob looking to delve into the curiously complex realm of wild beer, look elsewhere. This is a sour beer for sourheads. It's tart, it's tangy, and it's terrific. It's also usually on tap over at Torst in Greenpoint, where it's safe to go through several pours of this unexpectedly sessionable tongue-tickler.

The 10 Best Beers of 2014

8. Sixpoint Brewery - Barrel-aged 3Beans Baltic Porter

Ironically, if it wasn't for a last minute trip to Portland for the annual Oregon Brewers Fest, I might not have ever tasted this robust Baltic porter. Although it was available briefly in cans and on draft throughout New York, if you blinked, you would've missed it. This unique concoction was partially brewed with cacao and coffee beans, resulting in a rich, roasted finish. Far more direct than your typical coffee-infused affair.

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