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Michigan's Bell's & Founders Named Best 2 Breweries in America

June 20, 2019, 7:10 AM by  Allan Lengel

When it comes to brewing up a tasty beer, Michigan holds its own.

Zymurgy Magazine, the official magazine of the American Homebrewers Association, named Bell's Brewery of Comstock the #1 brewery in America and Founders of Grand Rapids #2 for 2019.

Not bad.

As for individual beers, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale was named the best beer in America. Founders had three beers --  KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout), Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), Breakfast Stout -- listed in the top 10. Bell's Hopslam was tied for seventh place.

The magazine asks the tens of thousands of members of the American Homebrewers Associaton each year to cast their votes for the best beers in the country. 

Top-Ranked Beers

1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale*

2. Russian River Pliny the Elder*

3. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale*

4. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

5. The Alchemist Heady Topper*

6. Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS)

T7. Founders All Day IPA

T7. Bell’s Hopslam*

T9. Founders Breakfast Stout

T9. WeldWerks Juicy Bits*

11. Cigar City Jai Alai IPA*

T12. Tree House Julius*

T12. Three Floyds Zombie Dust*

14. Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro*

15. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA*

T16. Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale*

T16. New Holland Dragon’s Milk*

T18. Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine*

T18. Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale*

20. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

T21. Allagash White*

T21. The Alchemist Focal Banger*

23. North Coast Old Rasputin*

T24. Odell IPA*

T24. Russian River Blind Pig I.P.A.*

Top  Breweries

1. Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, MI*
2. Founders Brewing Company, Grand Rapids, MI
3. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa & Windsor, CA*
4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA & Mills River, NC*
5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, DE*
6. Tree House Brewing Company, Charlton, MA*
7. The Alchemist, Stowe, VT*
T8. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR*
T8. Odell Brewing Company, Fort Collins, CO*
T10. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA*
T10. Stone Brewing, Escondido, CA*
T12. Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, MO*
T12. Cigar City Brewing, Tampa, FL*
T12. WeldWerks Brewing Co., Greeley, CO*
15. New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI*
16. New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, CO & Asheville, NC*
17. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN*
T18. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, CA & Chicago, IL
T18. Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, & Austin, TX*
20. Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey, PA*
21. Avery Brewing Company, Boulder, CO
22. Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME*
23. Left Hand Brewing Company, Longmont, CO*
T24. Goose Island Beer Company, Chicago, IL
T24. Surly Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN*

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