Unfiltered kolsch

Unfiltered kolsch

Lacing

Lacing

New bottling line at Hell-Bent

New bottling line at Hell-Bent

Getting ready for an early morning brew. Lemon wheat coming up

Getting ready for an early morning brew. Lemon wheat coming up

The brewery is complete.

The brewery is complete.

Mmmm Friday…

Mmmm Friday…

Hell-Bent bottle wax imprinter

Hell-Bent bottle wax imprinter

Yeast for the next batch of Lemon Wheat

Yeast for the next batch of Lemon Wheat

Black Saison

Black Saison

Night out at Victory brewing @victorybeer

Night out at Victory brewing @victorybeer

Brewing Lemon Wheat this morning

Brewing Lemon Wheat this morning

Our Favorites of 2012

The Hell-Bent crew has decided to put together our favorite beers of 2012.  These aren’t new beers in 2012 or even necessarily the best, but they are our favorites of everything we tried, excluding our own beers of course.

We’ll start off with what we think was the most prolific style of the year. 

Style of the Year

Saison

The Belgian Farmhouse ale really exploded this year.  Everyone had one and there were a lot of good examples of this style which is characterized as a spicy and highly carbonated beer.  Our favorites this year:

Sly Fox Saison Vos

Beer advocate Score: 89

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Yards Saison

Beer Advocate Score 81

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Ommegang: Hennepin Farmhouse Saison

Beer Advocate Score 93

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Brewery of the Year

Green Flash Brewing Company

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This brewery made so many good beers this year we lost track of which was our favorite. If we had to pick we would probably go with the Friendship Brew.  A black saison.  Some other favorites are the Double Stout, the Hop Head Red, Le Freak and the West Coast IPA.  It’s tough to go wrong with Green Flash.

Now, onto our personal favorites:

Dan’s Favorites - my tastes lean towards simple pale ales and IPA’s although I recently started enjoying some sour beers.  My top beer is in fact a sour saison

Dave’s Favorites: My tastes are all over the place.  I love a good beer.  My first love were stouts but then I got into all sorts of hoppy beers.  Recently I have been exploring Belgians.  As long as the beer is well rounded, I’m there.

Gary’s Favorites: My tastes are similar to Dave’s—probably because they’re very much influenced by Dave. I like something that I can sit and drink a few of. Love wet hops, Belgians, and Saisons.

Nick’s Favorites: I like a good pale ale, something I can drink a lot of at one time.

Scott’s Favorites: As the North Carolina arm of our brewery team my tastes lean towards IPA’s.  Recently I’ve been trying a lot of Rye beers so you might see them in next years list.

Adam’s Favorites: My tastes lean towards the classics.  I like good beers, pale ales & IPA’s.  Everything I’ve chosen below represents the best of their style

Kyle’s Favorites:  I don’t have access to a lot of good beers in my current locale but I tend to like anything on nitro and I’ve recently been drinking some Belgians.  I also make a mean Ginger Jamie.

We hope these give you an idea of some of our influences as well as give you some new beers to try for 2013.

New bottle cap day

New bottle cap day

The electric brewery is almost done

The electric brewery is almost done