VOTE for the Best Oregon Beer of 2012

As the last few weeks of the year creep up on us now, writers and editors assign their “Best Of” lists, a tradition usually derided by the writers themselves as absurd. I think it is natural for people to make lists, though; we secretly love making them: Top 10 movies of the year, 10 Best Albums of the year, etc. Well, The New School is no different, and thus we’re in preparation for our Year End Best Of Awards, which will be voted on by writers, critics, publicans, and other peers in the industry.

I have added a sidebar just to the left for you the readers and drinkers to vote for your pick of “The Best Oregon Beer of 2012.”You may wonder how we came to this list of nominees; it’s based on an informal polling of friends, readers, and critics done in person and via social media. To be included on the ballot you had to be specifically nominated multiple times. It’s an imperfect list and we apologize if your beer is not included on it. When all is said and done at the end of the year, The New School will present our Best Of lists that will include many categories from best brewer, best brewpub, taphouse, best IPA, and more. In the meantime, please vote!

Samurai Artist
Samurai Artist

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

Discussion

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:26 PM

    I think your list of best beer candidates is a list for beer critics only. I drink a lot of Oregon beer and only drink microbrews, but I haven’t even heard of half of these beers, and I’ve only sampled one. Where’s the Hopworks or Gigantic IPA? Where’s the Ninkasi?

    • Unknown
      Unknown
      Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:59 PM

      It’s a pretty comprehensive collection of some of the best Oregon beers of the year. While Gigantic IPA and Ninkasi are tasty brews, they’re not quite fitting for this list. A lot of quality beers were left off, but that’s the nature of the beast.

      • Anonymous
        Anonymous
        Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:20 PM

        Boneyard Beer!!!!!

      • Anonymous
        Anonymous
        Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:36 PM

        Boneyard beer….hop venom!!!!!

        • Anonymous
          Anonymous
          Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:38 PM

          Boneyard RPM

          • Anonymous
            Anonymous
            Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:07 PM

            Who picked this list? It’s no surprise RPM is winning against this lot

            • Jennifer Simmons
              Jennifer Simmons
              Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:43 PM

              Boneyard Beer!! I have yet to taste a brew from them that I don’t like!

              • Karleigh Taylor
                Karleigh Taylor
                Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:52 AM

                Boneyard is where it’s at… their RPM IPA and Diablo Rojo!!

                • Anonymous
                  Anonymous
                  Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:31 PM

                  Name of brewery followed by exclamation points!!!

                  • Anonymous
                    Anonymous
                    Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:20 PM

                    Boneyard hop venom

                    • Anonymous
                      Anonymous
                      Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:24 PM

                      Boneyard RPM is amazing, but Logsdon Peche N Brett was WAY better. For those of you that are voting for RPM, you probably didn’t get a chance to try it. So please take my word for it, it’s INCREDIBLE!

                      • Anonymous
                        Anonymous
                        Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:00 AM

                        Love the peche n brett, this years batch coming out soon. Still love rpm and the double mountain TG IPA but yeah this list is weak.

                      • Anonymous
                        Anonymous
                        Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:27 PM

                        Workhorse? Seriously? That beer was out of full distribution for a year and isn’t the same now that it’s back.

                        • Yaakov Brawn
                          Yaakov Brawn
                          Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:05 PM

                          Not a great list for sure. But boneyard gets my vote on this list