The 2018 Hall of Taps Class

Craft beer is the focus here at our blog. It’s time we inducted some craft beers into the Hall of Taps. Browsing this site you’ll find a great deal of craft beers and their hall ratings. There’s no official inductees page. Today is the day in which we change that. Below you’ll find the first class of craft beers inducted into the Hall of Taps. You’ll find the craft beer name, the brewery for that craft beer and finally their hall rating.

These craft beers are the 27 highest ranked craft beers and have Hall Ratings above what we consider to be a perfect score of 320.

Without further ado, here they are.

Beer Brewery Hall Rating
Pliny the Elder – Russian River Brewing Company Hall Rating: 988
Heady Topper – The Alchemist Hall Rating: 973
Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) – Founders Brewing Co. Hall Rating: 941
Trappist Westvleteren 12 – Brouwerij De Sint-Sixtusabdij van Westvleteren Hall Rating: 910
Julius – Tree House Brewing Company Hall Rating: 858
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout  – Goose Island Beer Co. Hall Rating: 853
Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012) – Goose Island Beer Co. Hall Rating: 825
Hunahpus Imperial Stout – Cigar City Brewing Hall Rating: 814
Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) –  Founders Brewing Co. Hall Rating: 811
Black Note Stout –  Bell’s Brewery Hall Rating: 801
Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout – Goose Island Beer Co. Hall Rating: 800
Pliny the Younger –  Russian River Brewing Company Hall Rating: 799
Parabola Firestone – Walker Brewing Company Hall Rating: 789
Black Tuesday – The Bruery Hall Rating: 782
Abner Hill – Farmstead Brewery Hall Rating: 782
Fou’ Foune – Brasserie Cantillon Hall Rating: 764
Chocolate Rain – The Bruery Hall Rating: 749
Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) (2012) – Founders Brewing Co. Hall Rating: 748
Parabola (2012) Firestone – Walker Brewing Company Hall Rating: 747
Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye – Goose Island Beer Hall Rating: Co. 745
Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged) – AleSmith Brewing Company Hall Rating: 743
Artaic Trillium – Brewing Company Hall Rating: 742
Double Galaxy Hill – Farmstead Brewery Hall Rating: 741
Barrel Aged Bomb! (2016) – Prairie Artisan Ales Hall Rating: 740
Beatification Russian – River Brewing Company Hall Rating: 735
Saint Lamvinus – Brasserie Cantillon Hall Rating: 734
Grey Monday – The Bruery Hall Rating: 732



Here’s Some Lower-Ranked Craft Beers That We Love

When we formulate the hall of taps, we run into craft beers that might not be ranked very well, but actually well-liked by people. The most notable reason for this would seem that not everyone uses Untappd to check-in and rate the beers they drink.

This post represents some of the craft beers we love but have a hall ranking under 50.

Third Coast Old Ale – Bells Brewery, Michigan – Hall Rating: 25

Third Coast is one of our go-to  Ales when during the Winter when we aren’t sure Ale to get. Surprisingly, Beer Advocate gives it a 4.11/5, which makes it an exceptional beer according to them. Untappd Ratings are less favorable to it, clocking in at 3.79 over 37,164 check-ins accounting for its low Hall Rating. As native Michiganders, we think it’s a worthwhile beer to check out if you have the opportunity.

Two Mad Cows Java Stout – Blue Tractor BBQ & Brewery, Michigan – Hall Rating: 12

Java Stouts get a bad reputatuion if you ask us. Blue Tractor is a favorite spot for us when visting Ann Arbor (Sorry ABC…). This beer was on tap for a short time when tried it, but it the hint of coffee flavor and the bitter flavor was enough for us that we took a growler home to have another glass when we wanted to.

Mad Cow Milk Stout -Revolution Brewing, Illinois – Hall Rating: 15

Mad Cow Milk Stout is a brew that we enjoyed while visiting Illinios, it wasn’t overwhelming as some milk stouts and the high ABV made it even more drinkable for us. Beer Advocate gives it a 4.01/5, classifying it as an ‘exceptional’ beer in their spectrum. The Hall Rating isn’t so nice, giving it only a 15 (320 is a perfect Hall Rating), but its a beer that should be ranked better in our opinion.

Double Crooked Tree IPA  – Dark Horse Brewing Co., Michigan – Hall Rating 34

We think Double Crooked Tree is one of the better IPAs in circulation out of Michigan right now. Our go to favorite used to be High Seas IPA from Michigan Brewing Company (now defunct), but this is a favorable comparison. Some might point out All Day IPA is better (it has a better hall rating), but prefer Double Crooked Tree over All Day.

Expedition Stout – Bell’s Brewery , Michigan – Hall Rating: 35

Expedition Stout seems to be one of the more sought after stouts in Michigan, at least that’s the impression we get from craft beer twitter. We certainly enjoy it and find it’s lower hall ranking surprising. Although, its counterpart Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout has a hall rating of 340. So that might play into people drinking Expedition Stout, they’re looking for Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout and not just the Expedition Stout.

Neapolitan Milk Stout – Saugutuck Brewing Company, Michigan – hall Rating: 37

The first craft beer we had from Saugutuck Brewing and the one that turned us onto trying other brews from SBC. We enjoy this milk stout over Mad Cow Milk Stout and it’s readily available at stores in Michigan.  Beer Advocate gives it a rating of 3.5/5 ranking it as a ‘very good’ beer in their spectrum. The Hall formula isn’t as generous as beer advocate, something that might need to be looked at. But for now we try to make all check in and ratings equal enough.  So, for now its a lower ranked craft beer that we enjoy.

Dirty Bastard – Founders Brewing Company, Michigan –  Hall Rating: 38

Founders Scotch Ale is considered to be an exceptional beer by Beer Advocate and the Hall doesn’t agree. It’s the only scotch ale we have had, but is one that we keep going back to have mroe of.

So far all of our lower ranked beers have been well recieved at other aggregated rating sites, and looking at the hall formula, we think we uncovered a bug that is going to require a revision of the hall formula. This is why we love looking at craft beer data, we keep finding flaws in our formula.



Hall Ratings 2.0

In updating the Hall of taps with new craft beer ratings, and starting to clean up the data we realized that the Hall Rating needed an update from the original version.

When we came up with the original formula for the Hall of Taps there were beers that had negative hall ratings. Well, either the beers are that bad OR our hall rating was bad. After crunching some numbers and doing some analysis, we realized there really were some craft beers that were that bad.

So the first thing we did was scrub the hall of taps of craft beer that had hall ratings either negative or of zero. We don’t want beers that dont have a rating (or have a negative one). The next thing we did was completely overhaul how we formulated the hall rating for a craft beer.

The first key to the Hall Rating is called TAP, it doesn’t really stand for anything it’s just a beer related term that’s a cool placeholder. When you’re looking for a beer, say you drink it and you like it-so you ask your go-to craft beer aficionado for a similar beer because you liked the beer you had. That’s what we are trying to achieve with the TAP.

Of the craft beers we have in the database we look at the top 29.4% (similar to WAR in baseball) as a ‘replacement beer’ so if you’re drinking an American IPA we have determined a ‘replacement beer’ is Shreddin Red. Other American IPAs can be either better or worse than it.  We then take a craft beers Untappd rating minus the replacement beer’s Untappd rating and multiply it by 1.8. It looks like so:

TAP = 1.8 * (rating – replacementBeer)

The 1.8 comes from something the Hall of Stats uses in their formulas. For any craft beer, this gives up how it stacks up against other beers of its style.

The next thing we did was look at check-in. Now, mass-produced beers have more check-ins that craft beers that aren’t as well known (or as produced as much so decided to use Log10 to ensure that Untappd check-ins are weighted the same, which looks like this:

Volume = Math.Log10(checkins)

Now, we needed some sort of scale to determine what a perfect hall rating would be.  Going back to the Hall of Stats, we are big Detroit Tigers Fans. Ty Cobb is arguably the greatest player in Tigers history and has a hall rating of 320.  So we are going to use that as our benchmark for a “perfect beer”. So a perfect beer (in our minds) is going to have a 5.0 rating over 1,00 check-ins on Untappd.

SCALE = (320 / Math.Log10(1000)) / (5  – replacementBeer).

Now that we have the three pieces of our puzzle together. We have a final formula of:

Hall Rating = TAP * VOLUME * SCALE

As the Hall grows we will continue to make changes to the formula, but we think its already better than the first version we put out.

The Hall of Taps Gets An Update

Better Craft Beer Rankings. Sort of.  The Hall of Taps has been around for a couple of years now. I haven’t done much with it. I’ve updated the craft beer rankings to reflect the new Hall Ranking formula (more on that in the next post).

Over the last year, I’ve had the hall sitting on a PHP driven site. Which was a bad choice as I don’t work much with PHP? I’ve moved the Hall to an ASP.NET site with a new URL.  The old URL will automatically redirect to the new one. Here you’ll be able to search beers and breweries for their hall rating, as well as being able to compare other craft beer.

In the next couple of weeks, I should have a page up for users to search styles. The functionality is already there I just have fully configured it yet. Hopefully, everyone is as excited as I am to have the hall more public facing that it already was.

If you had gone to the hall in the last year and tried to click on some of the pages, you would have been redirected to a coming soon page. Well, that has changed.

Admittedly, there are probably still some kinks in the site, so if you notice one, be sure to shoot me an email, you can find that on the about page.

I’m a big fan of baseball statistics, and baseball-reference is a favorite site of mine. BR, as well as the Hall of Stats, were a big inspiration for the Hall of Taps. Why can’t we judge craft beer using data that’s readily available to the public (Thank you Untappd)?

Go ahead and search through all the beers and breweries in the hall. I have noticed there are some duplicates in there. I’m guessing that Untappd has the same beer names associated with different IDs.

Cleaning up the data is on my todo list for the hall of taps. So be patient.

Cheers and I hope you enjoy the Hall of Taps 2.0.

New Hall Rankings

Over the last six months, I have had a chance to update some 250k craft beers into the hall of taps. Yes, 250k beers. Although its a bit deceptive as some of those craft beers are homebrews on Untappd.  As I noted in the last week, I plan on blogging about craft beer data and the hall of taps on a daily basis.  So here’s the first post dedicated to that.

The Hall of Taps main page is going to go through a complete overhaul. Hopefully, within the next month you’ll be able to scour all the data I have. But for now, you’ll have to read my blog posts. I’ve brought down some of the top hall rated beers. No suprise, that Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper and KBS are in the top three. When I talk to other craft beer enthusiasts, one of these three beers generally comes up in conversation.

Anyway, here are some of the top beers based on newly calculated hall ratings.

beername           hallrating
Pliny the Elder   155
Heady Topper  153
Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS)  148
Pliny the Elder 145
Trappist Westvleteren 12 143
Heady Topper 137
Julius 135
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 134
Bourbon County Brand Stout (2012) 130
Focal Banger 130
Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout 129
Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) 128
Hopslam Ale 127
Black Note Stout 126
Bourbon County Brand Regal Rye Stout 126
Parabola 125
Zombie Dust 125
Fat Tire 124
Black Tuesday 124
Abner 123
Fou’ Foune 121
90 Minute IPA 120
Chocolate Rain 119
Two Hearted Ale 119
Lunch 119
Bourbon County Brand Stout Cherry Rye 118
Sculpin IPA 118
Double Galaxy 117
Artaic 117
Speedway Stout (Barrel Aged) 117
120 Minute IPA 117
G-Bot 117
Beatification 116
Grey Monday 116
Barrel Aged Bomb! (2016) 116
Saint Lamvinus 116

Hall of Taps Update

The Hall of Taps was meant to be a place where I talked about craft beer numbers on a semi-regularly basis.

The hall of taps was meant to be a craft beer hall of fame. With keeping the hall of taps updated, I’ve done a terrible job of doing so. But, that’s hopefully going to change in the coming weeks. Over the past couple weeks I’ve updated 32,000 craft beers as well as their hall rating.

Roughly there are about 250,000 craft beers currently sitting in the hall of taps database. Most of those haven’t been updated in quite sometime. The goal though is update those and start talking craft beer again in the near future.

It’d be cool to start today, I loved looking at Holiday Beers in the hall. I also found it interesting that the current way hall ratings are calculated-hated my favorite IPA.

Incomplete info on the other hand, is unfair. Discounting beers that I haven’t heard of becuase I didn’t do my due-diligence is a disservice to the reason I started the Hall of Taps in the first place.

Hopefully in the next month, I can have the hall of taps updated and completed. My original goal was to have 217 members in the inaugural class of craft beers. I’ve settled on  27, specifically the Top 27 and each year, 27 more will be inducted until I’m sick of doing this gig.

This of course will lead to snubs, other discussions and plenty of room for the hall of taps to grow.



Hall of Taps Holiday Beers

It’s the holidays, and it’s time of the year where everyone makes their lists of the top things of the year. So, let’s make our own! This is the list of the top ten hall rated beers, which have the word ‘holiday’ in their name.

The highest rated Holiday Beer currently in the Hall of Taps, is Stone Brewing Companies Stone Xocoveza For The Holidays & The New Year, coming in at a Hall Rating of 92.76. According to the Hall Rating, it’s the best holiday beer out there.  It’s only one of two stouts that round out the top 10 holiday beers.

Here are the rest of the top 10:

2. Old Friend Holiday Ale 63.07

Dark enough to feel wintry, but light enough not to offend those who don’t think they like dark beer, the brew is a perfect peacekeeper for those family gatherings when the last thing you need is something else to argue about.

3. Shiner Holiday Cheer 62.92

We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.

4. Festivus Holiday Ale 60.54

Smooth, spicy (allspice, ginger & cinnamon), malty with an elegant finish thanks to caramelized wort and a bit of brown sugar, this beer is sure to make the holidays better. According to the Seinfeld model, Festivus is celebrated each year on December 23rd. Those attending Festivus may also participate in the “Airing of Grievances,” which is an opportunity to tell others how they have disappointed you in the past year, followed by a Festivus dinner, and then completed by the “Feats of Strength” where the head of the household must be pinned.

5. Jingle Java Holiday Stout 56.14

enhanced with vanilla, pecan, cinnamon, caramel and rum to give it a flavor that is the perfect compliment to the holidays

6. Holiday Ale From To (Til Fra via Mikkeller) 52.00

A spiced porter with fine malt background and lovely hop aroma and flavor. The label is designed as a ‘From To’ card – fill in the names and put the bottle under the Christmas tree. The perfect gift for the lazy man/woman…! Ingredients : Water, malt (pale, smoked, cara-crystal, brown and chocolate), roasted barley, dark cassonade, hops (amarillo, saaz and cascade), spices (star anise, clove, cinnamon and coriander seeds) and yeast.

7. Special Holiday Ale 51.43

Each brew is following the same recipe, including Michigan chestnuts, white sage from southern California and Norwegian juniper berries, but differences in brewing and aging practices produce different beers

8. Red Nose Holiday Wassail 49.19

Great Basin’s Red-Nose Holiday Wassail has kept its base recipe each year – sweet, malt-forward with a biscuity finish – while the spices continue to change year after year. This year we’ve included honey, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, orange peel, chamomile, woodruff, heather tips, elderflowers, maple, and vanilla. Each of the very limited (only 300) 22 oz. hand-filled bottles is personally signed by Great Basin’s Brewmaster & Owner Tom Young.

9. Hoppy Holidays 46.36

A rich, malty beer with an assertive but balanced hop character. Hints of chocolate and dark fruits greet you on the nose. Roasted malt undertones play over your tongue and finish with an earthy hop finish.

10.Holiday Ale 45.74

Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired by the little known Biere de Noel style, a subset of Biere de Garde, both of which originated on small farmhouse breweries in the north of France. Biere de Noel, which translates as “Christmas Beer,” tends to exhibit a more malty profile than a typical Biere de Garde.
In its native France this special type of ale is brewed by just a handful of small breweries and is only available for the few weeks leading up to Christmas.

The Hall Doesn’t Care For Your Favorite Craft Beer

Everyone has their favorite beer or even the beer that got them into the craft beer scene. We all have a go-to beer, a beer that you can’t be convinced is ‘bad’ or doesn’t ‘taste good. The formula doesn’t care for your favorite craft beer (it might be in some cases). But, for me it doesn’t care at all.

My favorite craft beer will always be High Seas IPA for the Michigan Brewing Company. Several years ago, the Brewery went bankrupt, and the recipes and brewing equipment were sold off.  So imagine my surprise when I found that we had High Seas IPA in the hall. In fact, on Untappd it has 755 check-ins according to our database. Of those 755 check-ins, 545 rated High Seas IPA and ultimately it received a dismal hall rating of 39.04. Holy crap that isn’t all that great of a rating from the hall formula.

Before I moved to LA and discovered Sculpin IPA (this was before it was regularly available in Michigan), there was a “dark period” in my life. High Seas IPA was my all-time favorite IPA. I liked it better than All-Day IPA, better than Two-Hearted. In my mind, there was no comparison.

It was the first IPA I ever had; I fell in love with it. Surely, I wasn’t the only one who loved this IPA. Well, it’s average rating on Untappd is on 3.36, not exactly the greatest average rating. If I had ever rated the brew on Untappd, I can assure you that I would have given it a ‘5.’ It left that much of an impact on me as a craft beer. But when you back drop it against other IPA’s such as Ballast Points Sculpin, it makes sense why it’s hall rating isn’t all that great.

The short of it is, enjoy what beers you enjoy. Read the reviews you want, and make your judgments. Just because it’s not worthy of the hall of taps formula doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy your favorite craft beer any less than you already do.




Objectivity and Subjectivity in Craft Beer

The Hall of Taps was designed out of people’s subjective opinion on each craft beer. Not to say that that everyone person has an opinion about every possible craft beer, but rather people have subjective (and unique) opinions about the different craft beers which they have drank and then rated on Untappd. There are currently over 200,000 beers with rankings from Untappd in our database. 200,000 beers that all have been tasted and then given a rating on Untappd. A number that grows with each new craft beer release and beer festival, and really each day. Despite the fact that each beer is rated on a subjective opinion of what an individual thinks of a particular craft beer, the hall of taps makes an attempt to objectively rate each beer on subjective data.  Our purpose then, is to find (1) if using Untappd data in the hall rating formula is a worthwhile endeavor (2) looking at some beers discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the hall rating and finally (3) indentify the challenges of craft beer subjectivity and how both the hall rating and Untappd Data can work together to find objectively good craft beers.

Untappd Data and The Hall Rating

The Hall of Taps makes an attempt to find the best craft beers without any sort bias. It also rates each craft beer seemingly without a bias of some sort. But, doesn’t using Untappd ratings undermine the whole process itself? Well, not exactly or at least not in the sense which you might be thinking. Right away, you might be inclined to think that beers with 100,000 or ratings will have a better hall rating than beers that have less than that number.  But, that isn’t always the case. Using Log10 (a mathematical formula) we essentially greatly level the playing field for a beer with 100,000 check-ins vs. one with only 1,000 check-ins. Simplified, Craft Beer A has 100,000 check-ins. It’s Hall Volume becomes 5. Craft Beer B has only 1,000 check-ins, but using LOG10 it’s Hall Volume becomes 3. A much more level playing field than before we applied Log10. So, when tons and tons of people check-in Bud Light on Untappd and give it an unfavorable rating, it allows for a beer like Cranium Crush to make up ground on the Hall Rating.  So, while we are using subjective data from Untappd, we are finding ways to handicap the data (in a sense) so that it becomes as objective as possible.

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Hall Rating

That’s not to say that the Hall Rating is perfect, nothing is without fault. That’s why we are going to look at what’s bad about the hall rating as well as what is good about the hall rating. Down and dirty to start though the bad and ugly of the hall rating. The worst thing (also a big factor) in the hall rating in Untappd Ratings. Which is the most subjective data variable in the formula. Imagine if 500,000 people were to give bud light (intentionally) a rating of 1 star on Untappd. That would greatly skew its hall rating. Imagine the other side of that hand as well, 500,000 people give Watermelon Dorado a perfect rating of 5 on Untappd. That would as well skew its hall rating. Using Untappd data is one of the biggest weaknesses of the hall rating. It’s not like baseball where the better players will have a better batting average or strikeout rate. The Hall Rating roots itself in opinionated data, which can be problematic.

At the same time, though, it’s a good thing for the Hall rating. Subjective data is what we want. That’s the only way we are going to determine what beers are good. After all, people will drink good beers and give them good ratings, whether it’s 1,000 people or 100,000 people, people will drink what they think is a good beer. But, there will be some individuals who don’t enjoy a stout as much as the next, which is why beers with a 5 rating on Untappd are almost non-existent. But enough people give beers a favorable rating (over the individuals who give a beer an unfavorable rating) to balance out a beer and make the rating as objective as it can be.

The Challenges of Beer Opinions


I may like DIPA’s and you may prefer Porters, which can be be a challenge when trying to quantify what is a “good craft beer”. Of course, the problem could be remedied by me putting my favorite DIPA in a backdrop of other DIPA’s. But, that’s too easy. Then there’s macro mass produced beers versus nanobrewed craft beers. These are challenges faced by the subjectivity of craft beer. It’s very possible that your favorite craft beer is your own wheat ale homebrew that you have only ever shared with a select few. It would never make it on Untappd and then never ranked and never found to be put in the Hall of Taps.  Together, though as Untappd data becomes more available, the hall rating comes into pit a beer with 1,000 check-ins verse a beer with 100,000 check-ins and levels the playing field. Untappd is a mobile app and as more users than RateBeer and is rapidly becoming the dominant beer ranking application. Which is why it makes sense to stick to using only one (and such a dominant) craft beer platform.

The Five Best Brews From Michigan

Since its July, and in Michigan that means its craft beer month, we probably should be drinking only beer from there, while lounging down a river enjoy some of the best brews from the Mitten State. I can’t be doing that myself, but I can give you five of the best quality beers that the state has to offer using the hall of taps. First, we’ll look at the five most checked-in beers from breweries in Michigan. Then, we will look at the best beers from Michigan, even if you can’t get them right now (think KBS from Founders).

The five most checked-in Michigan craft beers are as follows:

1.       Two-Hearted Ale (Bell’s Brewery) – 786,802 check-ins

2.       All-Day IPA (Founders Brewing) – 599,494 check-ins

3.       Oberon Ale (Bell’s Brewery) – 439,487 check-ins

4.       Breakfast Stout (Founders Brewing) – 432,563 check-ins

5.       Centennial IPA (Founders Brewing) – 311,985 check-ins.

Founders and Bell’s are the most checked-in breweries from Michigan across all of Untappd users. Now, that doesn’t mean they are for people in Michigan (I would gather that they are even in state), with Founders have 3/5 of the most checked-in craft brews. But does that mean these five beers are the best ones from the state of Michigan? The Hall Rating tells us that the following five brews are the best ones from the state of Michigan:

1.       Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) (Founders Brewing) – 118.87 Hall Rating

KBS has roughly a third of Centennial IPA’s check-ins coming in at 129,662, which makes sense as it’s a limited release brew from Founders. That doesn’t stop it from being the best craft beer to come out of the Mitten State, clocking an impressive 118.87 Hall Rating.

2.       Canadian Breakfast Stout (Founders Brewing) – 111.31 Hall Rating

CBS has even fewer check-ins than KBS, only 24,655. It’s one of the hardest beers around to find, but it well lives up to the Hype boasting a 4.8 rating on Untapped to go along with an 110+ Hall Rating, showing that just brews drank in mass quantity aren’t necessarily the best.

3.        Hopslam Ale (Bell’s Brewery) – 111.05 Hall Rating

Another limited release craft beer, Hopslam comes in at third but has almost as many check-ins as KBS with 110,035. Many consider it to be Bell’s Flagship Beer (aside from Oberon), it’s a DIPA that is awesome. For a while, I was in love with it and considered it to be the best DIPA around. Moving out west though changed that, but there are still many Untappd users that consider it to be an awesome beer, and it ranks right up there with the best of them in the Hall of Taps.

4.       Two-Hearted Ale (Bell’s Brewery) – 108.16 Hall Rating

My go-to IPA, whenever it’s on tap, and I’ve tried every other beer on tap or in the bottle, it’s the beer I go to when I want something reliable. 786,802 other users have done the same, and none of the top three beers touch it regarding volume, showing that just because a beer has tons and tons of check-ins that doesn’t mean it’s the best beer available. But, the hall rating shows that if you need a beer, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better Michigan beer out there.

5.       Breakfast Stout  (Founders Brewing) – 103.61 Hall Rating

Founders dominate the top five best beers from Michigan with their Breakfast Stout coming in at third posting a 103 Hall Rating complimented by 432,563 total check-ins. The Breakfast Stout series from Founders offers three of the top five Michigan beers.

Of the top five most checked-in Michigan beers only two of them make the top five rated list. First is Bell’s Two Hearted, which is the most checked-in beer from Michigan on Untappd. But, it’s only the fourth best beer, showing that quantity doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best beer you can get. The other brew is Founders’ Breakfast Stout. That is the 4th most checked in beer from Michigan and the 5th highest rated one.