Surly beers crowned best in the world, Fair State named a top new brewery

Silver medal winner Todd the Axe Man in Surly's Brewer's Table restaurant

Silver medal winner Todd the Axe Man in Surly's Brewer's Table restaurant

In the beer world, RateBeer offers the height of consumer reviews, a site where people from across the globe gather to share their input on every beer they taste. Since 2002, RateBeer has been compiling millions of reviews and naming winners: the best beers in the world, as chosen by beer fans everywhere. 

The people have spoken, and the 2015 RateBeer awards prove Surly isn’t just a local celebrity, but an international darling. 

Surly continues its reign as a top 100 brewery in the world, an honor it has won each year since 2007. Surly was also named the top brewery in Minnesota. As for individual beers, fans show Surly a lot of love, bestowing a few perfect 100 scores in overall drinking experience and in staying “true to form.” Both Darkness and Abrasive made the list of the world’s Top 100 beers, and three beers won top honors in their respective styles:

SurlyFest — Best Dark Lager (gold medal)

Todd the Axe Man — Best IPA (silver medal)

Abrasive — Best Imperial IPA (bronze medal)

Surly isn’t the only big winner from Minnesota. Fair State — which makes some of the finest sours in town — was voted the 10th best new brewery in the world. Only six of the top 10 are from the U.S. No others from the Midwest were in the top tier.

Town Hall was also named one of the top 100 breweries, and was chosen as the top Minnesota brewpub. The award ceremony’s state-by-state section also recognized Town Hall Tap as Minnesota's best restaurant, Heritage Liquor as our best bottle shop, and Happy Gnome as our best bar.

For those curious what else RateBeer users like, the best beer in the world is the funked-up raspberry framboise from Belgium’s 3 Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen.