World's Best Beers Named

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Worldwide online beer enthusiasts award top beers, brewers in every brewing region, and every beer style. announced the results of its sixth semi-annual craft beer competition Ratebeer Best today, Thursday, June 16, 2005. The website posted awards for the top beers and brewers as well as awards by beer style. Awards went to brewers in every major brewing country, U.S. state and Canadian province --

The award for World's Best Brewer went to AleSmith Brewing Company of San Diego, California. Despite being a small brewery with limited distribution, AleSmith was widely recognized for several excellent releases in the past year. The World's Best Beer award went to Belgian beer, Westvleteren 12, which is made in very limited quantities by a brewing community of Trappist monks.


  • Beers from nine different countries were honored on the Top 100 Beers in the World list, including Poland, France, Denmark, Canada and Sweden in addition to beer titans such as the United States, Germany, England and Belgium.
  • Relatively unknown in beer circles ten years ago, the San Diego area is now home to three of the top ten brewers in the world.
  • Three Belgian Trappist ales check into the top 25.
  • This competition debuts winning artisanal brews Nørrebro Bryghus North Bridge Extreme from Copenhagen; Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock from Warren, Michigan; and Belgium's Pannepot.

A complete list of winners is available at:

RateBeer Best was once again the world's largest beer competition -- over 30,000 different beers from over 4000 brewers in 120 different countries were eligible for awards. RateBeer's total archive includes over a half million beer ratings collected on its internet servers from tasters worldwide. An emphasis was placed on beer and brewer performance over the last 9 months for this event's judging.

Unlike other beer festival events, the judging was performed by thousands of beer enthusiasts from 65 countries around the world and with commercial samples -- not special festival editions. Several of the world's most avid amateur beer enthusiasts participated in the contest including Per Samuelsson (Stockholm, Sweden), Josh Oakes (Vancouver, BC), Philippe Corbat (Switzerland), Jens Ungstrup (Copenhagen, Denmark), Duff Wallace (London, England) and Aaron Goldschmidt (Washington, D.C.). Each of these judges has over 3,000 documented tastings to his credit while the top taster has over 5,000. Because of their amateur status there were no minced words in the reviews -- beers were rated frankly and freely.

RateBeer congratulates all the brewers recognized for their tremendous achievements in the craft and art of brewing.

About RateBeer

RateBeer was created in April 2000 as a place for beer enthusiasts to share beer notes, trade and rate craft beer. The site has expanded into one of the largest worldwide community information sources on any subject. RateBeer, currently based in Austin, Texas will relocate to Northern California in August 2005.


Joseph Tucker

Executive Director

Austin, TX USA

phone: 415.845.7744

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