It’s important, it’s official – and just in time for summer, Michael Donaldson at Beer Nation has revealed their Top Ten New Zealand beers for 2016. Or as he likes to call their list, The Top Ten Greatest Beers in New Zealand.
He has criteria, It includes:
- Ratings on sites including Untappd and Ratebeer;
- Gold medals / trophies won at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards and other competitions;
- The influence the beer has had on the New Zealand brewing scene;
- Enduring quality;
- Personal taste preferences.
It’s hard to argue with the carefully-crafted selections. The top three are produced by what’s arguably the country’s three top brewers – and the fourth by a fine chap who was once a beer writer at this very blog, before somehow going on to fame, fortune and world conquest without us.
Every beer in the top ten, every beer bar one, is a killer brew that has all but become a staple of sundry great beer fridges and the centre of many a local beer drinker’s social drinking sessions. And every one of the beers has a great story to tell!
But see if you can spot that odd one out.
And don’t panic if you don’t agree with the Beer Nation’s Top Ten List. You have a whole summer to make up your own.
How bad a project could that be?