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September 11th, 2012, 07:16
Yeah American Beer has gotten a lot better in a way - there has been an explosion of excellent craft/micro breweries and regionally available beers are often quite good. The problem is that this mostly has not translated to the American beer that is available globally so telling someone in the UK for example that good American beer does exist is pretty useless because they're unlikely to be able to find very much of it unless they come for a visit. So sadly the global face of American beer is still crap like Budweiser and Coors.

Of those more likely to be available nationwide and even internationally, my recommended labels would include:
Flying Dog (their imperial stout is quite good)
Highland Brewery (particularly their Gaelic Ale)
Dogfish Head (the 90 minute IPA is a good one)
Stone Brewery (Arrogant Bastard Ale in particular)
Russian River (Pliny the Elder)

Also, BeerAdvocate.com can help you find some decent ones though their topmost picks can be harder to locate. They do seem to like many of the offerings from Russian River, Founders, Bell's, and Stone though.
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