Note: The Magazine’s Editors did give Fremont Brewing a head nod.

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine released its first ever Reader’s Choice and Editor’s picks for beers and breweries. And the readers didn’t give a single win to one of Washington’s 300+ breweries made a single list. Kinda surprising, but with over 4,600 breweries in the US, competition is pretty darn tough.

Bellingham, is home to some amazing world class beer, including Kulshan BreweryChuckanut Brewery and Wander Brewing, who have all won on the international level.

Best Beers of 2016

  1. Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted IPA
  2. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  3. Russian River Pliny the Elder IIPA
  4. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  5. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale
  6. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro
  7. Founders All Day IPA
  8. New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
  9. Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont
  10. Founders Breakfast Stout
  11. Stone Enjoy By IPA
  12. 3 Floyds Zombie Dust Pale Ale
  13. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  14. The Alchemist Heady Topper IPA
  15. Stone IPA
  16. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  17. Duvel-Moortgat Duvel
  18. Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout
  19. Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
  20. Lagunitas IPA
  21. Yuengling Lager
  22. Brasserie d’Orval Orval
  23. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
  24. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
  25. Anchor Brewing Anchor Steam
  26. Verhaeghe Brewery Duchesse de Bourgogne
  27. Bell’s Brewery Hopslam IIPA
  28. Firestone Walker Pivo Pils
  29. New Holland Dragon’s Milk Stout
  30. Tree House Julius IPA
  31. Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
  32. Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’
  33. Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA
  34. Allagash White
  35. Odell IPA
  36. North Coast Old Rasputin Stout
  37. Victory Golden Monkey Tripel
  38. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
  39. Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  40. Prairie Artisan Ales Bomb! Stout
  41. Unibroue La Fin du Monde
  42. Deschutes Black Butte Porter
  43. Half Acre Daisy Cutter Pale Ale
  44. Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  45. Sierra Nevada Celebration IPA
  46. St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quadrupel
  47. Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA
  48. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
  49. Jack’s Abby Hoponious Union IPL
  50. Victory Prima Pils

Wishlist Breweries

What breweries and what beers you haven’t had (yet) but that are tops on your list to seek out.
  1. Russian River (Santa Rosa, California)
  2. The Alchemist (Waterbury, Vermont)
  3. 3 Floyds (Munster, Indiana)
  4. Cantillon (Brussels, Belgium)
  5. Brouwerij de Sint-Sixtusabdij (Westvleteren, Belgium)
  6. Tree House (Monson, Massachusetts)
  7. Samuel Adams (Boston, Massachusetts)
  8. Hill Farmstead (Greensboro Bend, Vermont)
  9. Cigar City (Tampa, Florida)
  10. Maine Beer Co. (Freeport, Maine)
  11. Trillium (Canton, Massachusetts)
  12. Founders (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
  13. The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, California)
  14. Toppling Goliath (Decorah, Iowa)
  15. Brew Dog (Columbus, Ohio)

Wishlist Beers

  1. Russian River Pliny The Elder
  2. Russian River Pliny The Younger
  3. The Alchemist Heady Topper
  4. 3 Floyds Dark Lord
  5. Westvleteren XII
  6. Samuel Adams Utopias
  7. Tree House Julius IPA
  8. 3 Floyds Zombie Dust
  9. Cigar City Hunahpu’s Stout
  10. Maine Beer Co. Dinner
  11. Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout
  12. The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze
  13. Russian River Blind Pig IPA
  14. Toppling Goliath Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout
  15. Cantillon Fou’ Foune

“Desert-Island” Beers

That hypothetical scenario where you could drink only one beer or one brewery’s beer while stranded on a deserted island
  1. “My Homebrew”
  2. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  3. Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
  4. Russian River Pliny the Elder IIPA
  5. Founders All Day IPA
  6. The Alchemist Heady Topper IPA
  7. 3 Floyds Zombie Dust Pale Ale
  8. Guinness Extra Stout
  9. Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont
  10. Stone IPA
  11. Duvel-Moortgat Duvel
  12. New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
  13. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
  14. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA
  15. Tree House Julius IPA
  16. Brasserie D’Orval Orval
  17. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA
  18. Odell IPA
  19. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
  20. Creature Comforts Tropicalia IPA

Checkout the rest of the lists, including Best IPA, Best Stout, Best Small, Medium and Large breweries at their site.