Ratebeer puts out a Top/Best of lists for each year right about a month after the year ends. In order to prepare for the upcoming list for 2014 and keep this blog up to date, here are RateBeer’s best Florida craft beers and breweries from a year ago as well as 2012 as a comparison. This list is international and is culled from millions of ratings, so for Florida to even show up is an honor and a credit to our industry. Ratings are compiled from active reviews over the last 12 months for that year and include 240,000 beers from over 16,000 worldwide breweries. I may do a compiled list of some other states in the future, but for now I will simply stick with Florida since that is what I know.
Cigar City dominated for both 2012 and 2013 with Funky Buddha Brewery showing up here and there. No other Florida breweries have really made an appearance yet on the international stage. This is to be expected though since it is really only Cigar City that has a national distribution. With us being at 100 active breweries in Florida now, I have high hopes that some new faces will be showing up for 2014. I have even higher hopes for what is yet to come in 2015. As long as we all keep on promoting Florida beer, our fantastic crafts will gain national recognition.
Ranking, if available, is within parenthesis and you can click each header to go to the full results. Due to changes in categories from year to year I have done my best to group things together so we can see how things have changed, but this was not always possible.
- 1 Top Beer, Brewery and New Brewery for Florida
- 2 Best By Style
- 3 Top Brewers in the World
- 4 Top New Brewers in the World
- 5 Top Beers in the World
- 6 Top New Beer Releases
- 7 Best Beers of the United States
- 8 Top Brewpubs, Restaurant, Brewer Tap Room, Bottle Shop, Grocery and Beer Bars
Top Beer, Brewery and New Brewery for Florida
A new category for 2013, this lists the top beer, brewery and new brewery for each region that RateBeer keeps track of. Click on the header if you want to see the full list for each state.
Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
Cigar City Brewing
Best New Brewer
None. Better luck in 2014, fingers crossed.
Best By Style
3 more beers on this list than we had for 2012 with two of the beers being for Rapp Gose, the first time we have seen anything but Cigar City or Funky Buddha make an appearance.
- Specialty (14) Cigar City Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale
- Low/Moderate Alcohol (5) Cigar City Pilot Series Phat Bottom Apple Berliner Weisse
- Low/Moderate Alcohol (9) Rapp Gose
- Stout (10) Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – California Brandy Barrel Aged
- Stout (12) Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
- Porter (2) Funky Buddha Last Snow Porter
- Porter (4) Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
- Traditional (4) Rapp Gose
- Pale Lager: (4) Cigar City Hotter than Helles
- India Pale Ale: (9) Cigar City Humidor Series Jai Alai Cedar Aged India Pale Ale
- Stout: (7) Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
- Wheat: (1) Cigar City Pilot Series Passionfruit and Dragonfruit Berliner Weisse
- Dark Lager: (6) Cigar City Ligero Black Lager
Top Brewers in the World
- Cigar City Brewing, Tampa
- Funky Buddha, Boca Raton
- (5) Cigar City Brewing, Tampa
- (27) Funky Buddha, Boca Raton
Top New Brewers in the World
This list was expanded to be the top 10 brewers in the world. Sadly, no Florida brewery made this list for 2013. The Sunshine state did step up its brewing game in 2014, fingers crossed we will see some of our breweries on the list for that year.
Out of the list of 5 brewers for 2012, no Florida brewery made the list.
Top Beers in the World
The list was increased from 2012 to be the top 100 beers in the world and there is no longer a rank to them and are instead listed alphabetically.
- Cigar City Americana Double Stout
- Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
- Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout
- Funky Buddha Last Snow Porter
This list is out of 50.
- (8) Cigar City Pilot Series Passionfruit and Dragonfruit Berliner Weisse
- (11) Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
- (36) Cigar City Zhukov’s Final Push
- (39) Cigar City/Mikkeller Nielsbohrium
Top New Beer Releases
Top 0.1% of the 44,000 new beers in 2013.
- Cigar City Brewer’s Brunch Stout
- Cigar City Americana Double Stout
- Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – California Brandy Barrel Aged
Best Beers of the United States
No category that matches this for 2013
- (5) Cigar City Pilot Series Passionfruit and Dragonfruit Berliner Weisse
- (8) Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout
- (34) Cigar City Zhukov’s Final Push
- (37) Cigar City/Mikkeller Nielsbohrium
- (48) Cigar City Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout – Whiskey Barrel Aged
- (49) Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout
Top Brewpubs, Restaurant, Brewer Tap Room, Bottle Shop, Grocery and Beer Bars
In 2012 these were all separate categories where a state could have multiple listings. For 2013 though, this is simply the best for that state in each category. So, even though it looks like Florida lost a lot of top spots, in reality it is just showing only our single best.
Proof Brewing Company (Tallahassee)
- Peg’s Cantina (Gulfport)
Best Beer Restaurants
Cajun Café on the Bayou (Pinellas Park)
- Cajun Café on the Bayou (Pinellas Park)
- The Ravenous Pig (Winter Park)
- Datz (Tampa)
- Café Tu Tu Tango (Orlando)
- Mr. Dunderbaks (Tampa)
Best Tap Room
Cigar City Brewing (Tampa)
- Cigar City Brewing (Tampa)
- Bold City Brewery (Jacksonville)
Best Beer Retailers
Knightly Spirits – Orange Blossom Trail (Orlando)
- Knightly Spirits – Orange Blossom Trail (Orlando)
New category for 2013
Grassroots Natural Market (Jacksonville)
Best Beer Bar
Redlight, Redlight (Orlando)
- Redlight, Redlight (Orlando)
- Proof (Tallahassee)
- The Cock and Bull Pub (Sarasota)