– Ben Martens


Top Beers

red-chair-nwpaI was recently asked what my favorite beers are. To the data we go! I have tried over 400 different beers and they’re all rated in Untappd. Here are the only beers that have received a perfect score from me.

Brewery Beer
Aslan Brewing Company Batch 15 IPA
Northwest Brewing Company Hoppy Bitch IPA
Fish Brewing Company Fish Tale Full Blast
Wingman Brewers Ace IPA
Worthy Brewing Worthy IPA
Sumerian Brewing Co. Narcissism IPA
Laughing Dog Brewing India Pale Ale (IPA)
No-Li Brewhouse Born & Raised
Worthy Brewing Worthy IPA
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 001
10 Barrel Brewing Company Joe
Cascade Lakes Brewing Company Hop Smack
Sumerian Brewing Co. Pale Ale
GoodLife Brewing Company Descender IPA
Redhook Brewery Big Ballard
Hale’s Ales Brewery Supergoose IPA
Oskar Blues Brewery IPA
Mac & Jack’s Brewing Company African Amber
Deschutes Brewery Red Chair NWPA
Gallaghers’ Where-U-Brew Galley Mac Amber

If you don’t like IPAs, then you might not be thrilled with this list, but right now I would rank Oskar Blues IPA and Deschutes Red Chair as the best of the best. You can only find Red Chair from about January to May so it’s a special treat each year.

And while we’re on the topic of alcohol, how about a refresher on my list of top rums?

  • Sipping rums. Mt. Gay Extra Old is my go-to standard, but there’s a new entry on this list from a distillery in Woodinville: Puget Sound Rum Company C&C Honey Rum.
  • Mixing rums. If you’re mixing with Coke (or Coke Zero as I prefer), look no further than Kraken. If you’re mixing with fruit juice then grab some Mt. Gay Eclipse.