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A look back at 2020

My – not so realistic – goal for 2020 was to reduce my number of new beers to an average of 3 per days. Despite the help of the political restrictions and the cancellation of almost all beer festivals in the country (only 6 out of about 60 took place), I have not been able to reach my goal and eventually score 1299 new beers.
What happened is that I have partially compensated the lack of festivals and a rarer visiting of beer bars with many online orders.

The five countries from which I sampled the most new beers remained the same between 2017 and 2019. For 2020, small changes happened. Of course, Switzerland stays clearly on top with 622 new beers. While USA remains as number 2 (114), Spain (97) appears now before England (82). As always for Spain, I have to thank the incredible Antonio Rey and the many beers he gave me. A change on place 5 also, where Denmark (44) replaces Germany.

And – one happy event of 2020 – I have been able to find a new country (Falkland Islands), courtesy of ttt. So I have now a total of 18’540 beers from 186 countries.

My favorite country in 2020 (with a minimum of 5 beers tasted) has been Russia (clearly a premiere!). Then come the USA (also 2nd in 2019), Sweden (winner last year), Denmark and England.

Among the 453 breweries I met last year, here are those from which I had the most different beers:

1) WhiteFrontier (16 – was also on top in 2019)
2) Boundary (15)
3) le Traquenard; FrauGruber; Edelbrass and To Øl (14)

The ranking of the most represented styles in my new beers of 2020 see the usual suspect on top for the 10th(!) consecutive year:

1) IPA (171)
2) American Pale Ale (114)
3) Imperial IPA (110)
4) NEIPA (91)
5) Imperial Stout (74)

The proportion of IPA and its derivatives (Session, Black, NEIPA, Imperial, …) reaches 32% of all beers I had last year (it was 28% in 2019).

My favorite styles in 2020 (with a minimum of 5 beers tasted):
1) Sour – Flanders
2) Barley Wine
3) Imperial Stout
4) Imperial IPA

And here the styles I enjoyed the less (worst on top):

1) Pale Lager
2) Hefeweizen
3) Irish Ale
4) Golden/Blond Ale
5) Pilsner

My top ten breweries overall:

1) Hoppy People (Switzerland)
2) nine brothers (Switzerland)
3) BFM (Switzerland)
4) WhiteFrontier (Switzerland)
5) Trillium (USA)
6) Garage Beer (Spain)
7) Brewski (Sweden)
8) Dry & Bitter (Denmark)
9) Monkish (USA)
10)FrauGruber (Germany)

This lead us to the top 20 breweries in my country (on a total of 185):

1) Hoppy People
2) nine brothers
3) BFM
4) WhiteFrontier
5) le Traquenard
6) Blackwell
7) Riot Act
8) S&A
9) Old School
10) Cinq 4000
11) la Fée Maltée
12) Trois Dames
13) Föhrenbier Manufaktur
14) Tucho Brew
15) À Tue-Tête!
17) BlackPig
18) Tonnebière
19) UHB
20) Bier Factory Rapperswil

Last year, I have been able to discover beers from 54 new Swiss breweries. Here were my favorites:

1) Föhrenbier Manufaktur
2) l’Agneau à Trois Pattes
3) Don Nino
4) Monte Brè
5) Brasserie de Choufaille
6) Vie Montagne
7) Edelbrass
8) Brunos
9) Gentlemen Brewers
10) Heero

And here are my top beers for 2020:

1) BFM Degustator – La Pizza Céline
2) Monkish Foggy Window
3) la Pirata Black Block Bourbon Aged
4) BFM Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru – the Summer of 69
5) Trillium New Englander’s Staycation
6) Boon Oude Geuze – VAT 109 Mono Blend
7) Neon Raptor Massive Piranhas
8) Monkish Cousin of Death
9) the Lost Abbey Track #10
10)Dystopian The Last Saison 2019 – BA Chateauneuf

And finally, here are my top 20 Swiss beers:

1) BFM Degustator – La Pizza Céline
2) BFM Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru – the Summer of 69
3) Dystopian The Last Saison 2019 – BA Chateauneuf
4) nine brothers Table Saison 2019 Guava Passionfruit
5) Hoppy People I Love Hops #5 – ❤️ Cashmere Ahtanum Amarillo
6) Hoppy People I Love Hops #8 – ❤️ Citra Ekuanot
7) nine brothers Wheat Wine 2020: Scotch Edition 4.48
8) WhiteFrontier Capra 4.25
9) nine brothers smoke wine
10) nine brothers T&P Vol. 2
11) Old School 10.2 Dieci
12) Hoppy People Clash of the Titans – Red Wine Barrel Edition
13) WhiteFrontier Triple IPA
14) nine brothers Smoked Gose
15) Hoppy People Clash of the Titans – Grand Cru
16) Hoppy People Kompressor 2k20
17) Degenbier Unikat – Cassiopeia
18) Trois Dames Grande Dame (2020)
19) Reinecke Bräu Bigfoot
20) Hoppy People Swiss Federal Stout

That’s it!

cheers and see you hopefully soon!

Another year just came to an end and while some like to share shitty quotes on kitschy pictures to welcome you to the new year, my specialty consists to overwhelm you with statistics and other top lists from the past year. The whole thing being mainly of course as subjective as my taste buds are, though I would like to remind you that I have never been paid for good (or bad) ratings. As this sounds like an evidence to any normally constituted human being, believe it or not, some dumb-asses actually think the opposite.

So, ready ? If you don’t like stats and lists, it’s your last chance to surf somewhere else. You have been warned …

I have been able to discover 1’164 new beers last year, 66 less than during my record year of 2015.
The graphic below displays my number of new beers per year since 2000 (I have no detailed information about my first 13 years of beer hunting).


In this total, Switzerland accounts for more than 50% with 604 new beers. The next most represented are Spain (77), Germany (62), the USA (51) and Denmark (48) for a total of 41 different countries.
Happily, I have been able to tick 5 new countries – Tajikistan, Rwanda, Gambia, Cape Verde and Belize – for a total of 169. There are only 41 left …

My favorite country (with more than 4 beers tasted) has been Serbia (could this be by chance ? Not sure ;-)).
The USA, winner of 2015, are second followed by Norway, Denmark and Belgium. Switzerland appears only on place 12, 2 places down in comparison with 2015.

I got beers from 488 different breweries (24 more than last year) and the most represented have been Mikkeller (18), Cinq 4000 (17), Virage (16) and then To Øl, CôteWest Brewing and Darkwolf with each 13.

My top ten breweries of 2016 (worldwide) is totally dominated by the Swiss with 8 ambassadors !

1. Cinq 4000cinq4000
2. BFM
3. CôteWest Brewing
4. Thornbridge (England)
5. To Øl (Denmark)
6. Bierzunft Wehntal
8. Old School
9. Storm&Anchor
10.Trois Dames


Once again and for the sixth consecutive year the most represented style has been IPA with 157 beers. Far behind you can find American Pale Ale (76), Spice/Herb/Vegetable (59), Imperial Stout and Saison (52).

My favorite style has been Gueuze ahead of American Strong Ale (5th last year), Imperial Stout (2nd in 2015 and winner in 2014), Baltic/Imperial Porter and Black IPA.

The styles I have appreciated the less are Pale Lager, then Dunkel, Vienna, Pilsner and Zwickelbier. Believe me (or not), I am fully capable to like all those styles (in contrast to Dunkelweizen for instance) if they are properly brewed. Unfortunately this is rarely seen nowadays.

Let’s now have a detailled look at Switzerland.

In 2016 a record number of 156 new breweries have been registered at the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. During the same time, I have discovered beers from “only” 58 new ones.
Needless to say that a global coverage of the Swiss beer market has become fully unrealistic, even for my very busy friend and ticker Thomas Schneider who is drinking Swiss beers 50% faster than I am … Personally I have tried beers from 371 of the 756 Swiss breweries in activity.

My best new Swiss breweries for 2016 are (the winner in 2015 was the recently closed BRAUBAR):

1. Bischoff (Frauenfeld, TG)bb_logo
2. Brucke (Etoy, VD)
3. Hoppy People (Sierre, VS)
4. BLZ (Biel, BE)
the Black Pig (Courroux, JU)
6. Braumanufaktur Schlachthuus (Lufingen, ZH)
7. La Pièce (Meyrin, GE)
8. Brasserie du Virage (Plan-les-Ouates, GE)
9. Mükon (Eschlikon, TG)
10.Mousse de Thoune (Thun, BE)

And here are my top 20 Swiss breweries in 2016 (the winner in 2015 was the BFM):

1. Cinq 4000
2. BFM
3. CôteWest Brewing
4. Bierzunft Wehntal
6. Old Schoolcotewest
7. Storm&Anchor
8. Trois Dames
9. Güschu 58
11.Brygger Øl
18.Bier Factory Rapperswil

And to close the Swiss chapter until next year, here are my 10 favorite beers from 2016:

1. Blackwell Poetry Slambic 2012quintessence2
2. BRAUBAR Toppling Heads 2.0
3. Bierzunft Wehntal the Pepper Goes QUINtessenCE
3. Cinq 4000 Je s’appelle Beetroots
5. 523 New World Wit
5. BFM Highway to Helles – Velvet Underground Edition
7. BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru 2014 – Lasciatemi Chiantiare
8. Cinq 4000 Sour Sour Galaxy IPA
9. BFM / la Nébuleuse Degustatoro
10.Cinq 4000 / Mise en Bière Wartek

And the top ten of 2016 worldwide:

1. Thornbridge Love Among the Ruinsloveamongruins
2. FiftyFifty Master Bart
3. 3 Fonteinen Armand’4 Oude Geuze Lente
3. Blackwell Poetry Slambic 2012
5. Hanssens Oude Schaerbeekse Kriek
5. Evil Twin Même Jésus Plus
5. To Øl Black Malt & Body Salts
5. BRAUBAR Toppling Heads 2.0
9. Thornbridge Hall Bracia
9. Bierzunft Wehntal the Pepper Goes Quintessence
9. Cinq 4000 Je s’appelle Beetroots

You don’t know one or more of these wonderful Swiss breweries and beers ? You would like to have more details like breweries addresses or list of beers ? Take a look at my Switzerland Beer Guide , it might help you.

Meanwhile, I wish you all the best for 2017 and hope you will be able to discover a lot of wonderful new beers !

cheers !