12 Best Beers

The 12 Best Beers

Charlie Blitzstein, Brewer

According to the website Paste, these are the 12 best beers;

Great Notion Brewing Ripe IPA
Offshoot Beer Co. Relax [It’s Just a Hazy IPA]
Sweetwater 420 Strain: G13
Burial Beer Co. Shadowclock Pilsner
Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. Industry Pils
Drake’s Hopocalypse Triple IPA
Fieldwork Brewing Co. Painted Gold
Monday Night Brewing Han Brolo
Fremont Brewing Co. Stone Squirrel
Funky Buddha Maple Bacon Coffee Porter
Brew Gentlemen III
Fremont Brewing Co Batch 1,000

Forget that some of these probably have limited distribution so that the only way you’ll get to taste one is to go on a road trip. But don’t forget that “the Best” is a highly subjective standard. Telling me that Drake’s Hopocalypse Triple IPA is the best IPA when I gag from to hoppy a beer makes me wonder. Tell me that it’s a great example of a Triple IPA and let me decide for myself. It wouldn’t make my top 500 list, not a super hoppy beer fan.

But, articles like these are useful in bringing to the forefront beers I might otherwise never notice. So, given that, what are your must-have brews?

Hello world!

NCI_Visuals_Food_BeerMost places wait until they open before they start a website. I’ve never been most people so I decided that my brew pub would also be different. We aren’t open yet, but will be in a couple years. Yes, a couple years. My target opening date is Summer 2016.

Why a web site? Why not? This web site will chronicle all the trials and tribulations I encounter in starting this journey. I will share all of my thoughts and efforts in getting from nowhere to a functioning, operational brew pub.

Right now, I am doing my research. Reading everything I can get my hands on that relates to starting a nano-brewery.I read Sam Calagione’s book, “Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery,” and two by Dan Woodske, “A Brewer’s Guide to Opening a Nano Brewery: Your $10,000 Brewery Consultant for $15, Vol. 1, ” and “Nanobrewery U.S.A.: A Chronicle of America’s Nanobrewery Beer Phenomena.” If you are contemplating anything similar, I urge you to start here.

I plan to start off with a half-barrel system. Yes, it’s undersized, but it’s the most I can afford and the minimum practical size to do this type of venture. I’ve been working up a brew list and have several tasty candidates so far.

I’m also working out a menu. I’m quite the gastronomical artist so I have some favorites I plan to offer. If any of you have been fortunate enough to have Charlie’s Chicken, you know what I’m talking about. I make the world’s best chicken, just ask my kids. Sticky, sweet with some heat. Falling of the bone good. I make my own BBQ sauces and rubs, so the pulled pork is also to die for. Working on some other “must haves” for the pub as well.

Stay tuned….


PS. You can reach me at charlie@lightningstonebrewery.com