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The 20 most influential beers of all time

From First We Feast:

These days, we’re so spoiled with great beer that we barely bat an eyelash when we walk into a bar with 20 taps devoted to craft brews, or run to the corner deli to pick up a bottle of world-class Belgian beer to pair with our takeout pizza. With new local breweries popping up every day and far-flung imports hitting shelves from the likes of Iceland and New Zealand, the choices can feel overwhelming. But as we always say when someone tells us they love Kanye West but have never heard of Rakim: Respect the OGs, son!

As the beer market matures, it’s important to have a sense of context—to understand how we got here, and appreciate the trailblazers that took brewing to new heights (or dragged it so low that others were inspired to fight back). Of course, determining a beer’s influence is a tricky and subjective matter. Yet it is one that brings up a lot of questions worth asking: Which beers set the standard within their respective style? Which IPAs ushered in the era of the American hop bomb? What is the gateway beer that has converted the most newbies into beer nerds?

Their list:

Gablinger’s diet beer, Rheingold, New York

Blind Pig IPA

Westmalle Tripel

New Albion Ale

Fuller’s London Pride

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Pilsner Urquell

Anchor Steam Beer

Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye

Ayinger Celebrator

Generic lager

Cantillon Classic Gueuze

Anchor Old Foghorn

Reissdorf K�lsch

Draught Guinness

Allagash White

Sam Adams Utopias

Saison Dupont

Schneider Aventinus

Of course, this article has created a minor brew-ha-ha (ha!). Martin Cornell writes a different (and better, in my opinion) list:

I mean, Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye is more influential in the history of beer than Bass Pale Ale or Barclay Perkins porter? Don’t make me weep. Allagash White trumps Hoegaarden and Schneider Weisse? (You may not like Hoegaarden or Schneider Weisse, but I hope you won’t try to deny their influence.) Gueuze, Saison and K�lsch are such important styles they deserve a representative each in a “most influential beers of all time” list, while IPA and porter are left out? I don’t think so. And the same goes for Schneider Aventinus: where are the hordes of Weissebockalikes? Sam Adams Utopias has influenced who, exactly? “Generic lager”? I see where you’re coming from, in that much of what has happened over the past 40 years in the beer world is a reaction against generic lager, but still … And I love London Pride, but it’s not even the third most influential beer that Fuller’s brews.

His list:

Spaten Dunkel

Pilsner Urquell

Hodgson’s East India Pale Ale

Parsons’ porter

Barclay Perkins Russian Imperial Stout

Schwechater Lagerbier

Einbecker Ur-Bock

Paulaner Salvator

Anheuser-Busch Budweiser

Bass No 1

Schneider Weisse



Fuller’s ESB

Newcastle Brown Ale

Tennent’s Gold Label

Fowler’s Wee Heavy Wee Heavy

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Blind Pig IPA

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Read the comments on his blog — they are hilarious and he’s extremely articulate in his refutal of other contenders.

Fun times. Makes me want a beer.

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