1. Russian River Blind Pig
The brewery: The honcho behind Russian River grew up on a vineyard where he was homebrewing by the age of 18 to the pride/dismay of his parents. Nowadays they're operating a brewpub in Santa Rosa, CA and growing their own hops.
The beer: The full-bodied IPA has taken home two silvers and a bronze at the Great American Beer Festival.
From the judges: "Anyone opening a brewery should strive to make a beer half as good as Blind Pig. It’s crisp, bitter, aromatic, not too sweet, and just super delicious. My desert island beer for sure." - Dan Becker, The Full Pint
"If this is on draft in your local bar, don’t waste another second, order it! This perfectly malty IPA is sure not to disappoint." - Greg Avola, Untappd
Special thanks to our judges
Daniel Bradford and Adam Harold (All About Beer Magazine), Greg Avola (Untappd), Pat Fahey (exam master of the Cicerone Certification Program), Derek Buono (Beer Magazine), Jeff Alworth (Beervana), Dave Jensen (Beer 47), Sean Paxton (Homebrew Chef), and Dan Becker (The Full Pint)