MUNSTER – Northwest Indiana's 3 Floyds was once again named one of the best beers in the world for 2015.
The Munster-based craft brewery, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, recently won a slew of awards from the authoritative beer ranking website RateBeer and is also in the running for Best Brewpub in the USA Today Reader's Choice competition, which is open to voting through Feb. 29.
Beer drinkers who use the RateBeer website ranked 3 Floyds the fourth best brewery in the world last year, which is no small feat.
"The 100 listed represents less than the top 1 percent of all brewers – the creme de la creme of world brewing," RateBeer says. "For comparison, more than double the percentage of the population qualifies as genius."
3 Floyds has previously been ranked No. 1 in the world in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In voting last year, the craft brewery at 9750 Indiana Parkway in a Munster industrial park got narrowly edged out by Vermont's Hill Farmstead Brewery, San Diego's AleSmith Brewing Co, and Belgium's Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen.
RateBeer named 3 Floyds the best brewer in Indiana and its Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout the best beer brewed in Indiana. Dark Lord and its Zombie Dust pale ale were named among the 100 best beers in the world, and Zombie Dust was named the best American Pale Ale.
The brewery's flagship Alpha King was named the 11th best American Pale Ale, and Gumballhead the 7th best wheat ale. Its Amber Smashed Face amber ale and Wigsplitter sweet stout ranked among the world's top new releases.
3 Floyds' beers ranked among the top 0.0016 percent of the more than 60,000 beers that were reviewed. No other Northwest Indiana craft breweries won any RateBeer awards this year.
The Munster-based 3 Floyds also is competing with craft breweries like Founders, Revolution, Deschutes, Schlafly and Brewery Vivant in the USA Today contest for best brewpub.
To vote, visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-brewpub/.
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