Two Minnesota brews were named among the 50 "Best Beers in America" by Zymurgy, a publication by the American Homebrewers Association.
Surly Brewing Company's Furious, an India Pale Ale style beer, tied for 20th place. The popular hoppy beer is currently brewed in Brooklyn Center-although Surly has plans to expand with a $20 million "destination brewery," and it just helped pass a new liquor law to help make that plan a reality.
Summit Brewing's Extra Pale Ale-a Minnesota favorite that has been brewed in St. Paul since 1986-tied for 48th place. The beer has won numerous awards in the past, including a gold award at last year's Brewers Association's World Beer Cup.
Russian River's "Pliny the Elder," a double India Pale Ale, ranked first on the "Best Beers in America" list for the third straight year, and Bell's Two Hearted Ale took second.
The ranking is based on a poll of Zymurgy's readers, who provided a list of their 20 favorite beers. Readers voted for a total of 1,306 different beers from 433 breweries for this year's poll.
In Zymurgy's ranking of breweries' "beer portfolios," Summit tied for 25th, with nine beers. In an overall ranking of the breweries, based on the total votes received for all beers from the companies, Surly ranked 20th.
Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery was present on each list, with five different beers in the top 50 and the title of best brewery and best portfolio.
San Diego-based Stone Brewing Company-which recently debuted its beers in the Twin Cities market-also had several beers on the list.