Homebrewers rank West Michigan brews among ‘Best Beers’ in US


A 12-oz can of Two Hearted Ale, a top IPA by Galesburg-based Bell’s Brewery. Photo via fb.com

A number of beers from the region are considered some the “Best Beers” in the nation by homebrewers.

In Zymurgy magazine’s annual “Best Beers in America” poll of the nation’s homebrewers, both Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids and Bell’s Brewery in Galesburg have beers in the top 10.

The magazine, published by the American Homebrewers Association in Boulder, Colo., asks readers to share their top 20 beers commercially available in the U.S.

The poll also finds Bell’s to be the third-ranked brewery in the U.S., while Founders ranks fourth.

Bell’s is also rated as having the third-best portfolio among the nation’s breweries.


Two Hearted Ale ranks No. 2 in the poll.

The IPA has been the No. 2 beer on the ranking since 2010. The same beer has been No. 1 each year as well, Russian River’s Pliny the Elder from Santa Rosa, Calif.

Bell’s double IPA, Hopslam, ranks No. 7.


Founders’ Breakfast Stout ranks No. 5, behind two IPAs: Ballast Point Brewing Co.’s Sculpin from San Diego and Stone Brewing Co.’s Enjoy By from Escondido, Calif..

The widely acclaimed Kentucky Breakfast Stout ties for the 17th position with Stone’s Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Founders' new flagship brand, All Day IPA, ranks No. 27.

The brewery's Backwoods Bastard ranks No. 44.

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