Ratebeer, one of the top user-centric beer review sites, recently released their list of beers with “outstanding performance within a beer style category or super style category” for the 2014 calendar year. User reviews, along with “a particular emphasis on performance in the last year” determined the top 15 in each style category.
Out of 315 possible beers (21 style categories with 15 beers in each category), Florida placed just 8 in the list (only 2.5% of total beers), which is a disappointing number that shows we have a lot of work to do to make a name for ourselves and displace some of the bigger beer regions.
Cigar City Brewing Company and Funky Buddha Brewery both made out with three awards each, while the Best Small Brewery in Florida, Rapp Brewing Company, joined the list with the impressive Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, and Cigar City Cider and Mead hit a home run with their Apple Pie cider.
The complete list of Florida winners is below.
Stout is made up of the following styles: Stout | Dry Stout | Sweet Stout | Foreign Stout
Strong Stout is made up of the following styles: Imperial Stout
Porter is made up of the following styles: Porter
Cider & Perry is made up of the following styles: Cider | Perry | Ice Cider/Ice Perry |
Traditional is made up of the following styles: Traditional Ale | Sahti / Gotlandsdricke / Koduõlu | Grodziskie / Gose / Lichtenhainer