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Critic's List: Kate Bernot's Best in 2019

The reporter, certified beer judge, and former beer editor at DRAFT Magazine shares her highlights from the year spent tasting and covering the wide world of craft beer.

Kate Bernot Dec 31, 2019 - 7 min read

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Top Three Breweries

Reuben’s Brews (Seattle, Washington) Have I ever had a bad beer from Reuben’s Brews? No. No, I haven’t. This prolific Seattle brewery seems to brew every style under the sun, without making a misstep or losing its point of view. It’s the rare brewery that can brew with such mastery across diverse styles, yet still keep me in thrall of a robust porter.

Allagash Brewing (Portland, Maine) This Maine stalwart is another brewery that heeded the Greek command to “know thyself.” A quarter century after its founding, Allagash remains not just relevant but cutting edge in terms of its coolship program, its reverent treatment of local ingredients, and its hospitality. (Plus, name a brewery with a more gorgeous Instagram account. I’ll wait.).

pFriem Family Brewers (Hood River, Oregon) We all love pFriem’s Pilsner, but have you had its Kölsch through a gravity-fed keg? Other breweries would tremble to serve such a delicate style this way—in the heat of a California summer, for acclaimed international brewers at the Firestone Walker Invitational, no less—but pFriem knew its beer was just that good. Ditto pretty much every other beer on its roster.

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