- Central VA - South Street My Personal Helles
- Rest of VA - Port City Downright Pilsner
- Rest of USA - Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
- Rest of World - Pilsner Urquell
- Honorable mentions - Three Notch'd Ghost of the 43rd, Devils Backbone Trukker Ur-Pils, Cromarty Happy Chappy, Hi-Wire Lager, Rothaus Pils
- Central VA - Three Notch'd Hydraulion Red Irish Ale
- Rest of VA - Mad Fox Altbier
- Rest of USA - Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
- Rest of World - Fullers Vintage Ale 2009
- Honorable mentions - Yeungling Traditional Lager, Orval
- Central VA - Three Notch'd Oats McGoats Oatmeal Stout
- Rest of VA - Port City Porter
- Rest of USA - St. Boniface Bull's Head Mild
- Rest of World - Pokertree Seven Sisters Black Treacle Oat Stout
- Honorable mentions - O'Hara's Leann Follain Whiskey Barrel Aged, Skye Black, Starr Hill Dark Starr, South Street Back to Bavaria, Three Notch'd Method to My Madness Mild
Fuggled Champion Beer
If the Amber Beer of the Year was sown up months ago, then the overall Fuggled Champion Beer for 2015 was also practically decided at the same time. Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest was everything I look for in a beer, superbly made, flavourful, on point for the style, and drinkable beyond measure. I drank a lot of this beer, often from my 1 litre Paulaner glass, often demolishing a 12 pack in a single afternoon. I drank it, I cooked with it, I revelled in every single drop. I wish I had stocked up more before it disappeared from the shelves of supermarkets and bottle shops. There was no finer beer I drank this year.
- Central VA - Three Notch'd Brewing
- Rest of VA - Port City
- Rest of USA - Sierra Nevada
- Rest of World - Fullers
- Honorable mentions - Plzeňský Prazdroj, South Street Brewery, Hi-Wire Brewing
Looking back at last year's review of the year, I noticed that 3 of the 4 breweries listed here were listed then as well. This tells me several things, but most importantly that I value breweries that produce consistently well made and tasty beers, that have a solid core range that I am happy to drink anytime, and also that I am out of kilter with many a craft drinker in that I am happy to stick to a single brewery rather than taking a scatter gun approach. At one point earlier this year, I was worried that I wouldn't have drunk enough beer to warrant my annual trawl through the pale, amber, and dark delights that constitute my drinking habit. It wasn't that I had inexplicably given up on beer rather that I found my self drinking almost exclusively Three Notch'd beer, hence they are again the Fuggled Brewery of the Year. Whenever I see their wonderfully simple tap handle in a pub I know what I'll be drinking, and I know I will not be disappointed, what more can you ask from a brewery?
Yes 2015 was a good year for drinking, here's hoping 2016 is just as good.