BevTest's 2023 Best Spirits, Wines, & Beers

Below are the Top 25 Beverage Testing Institute (BevTest) winners from their 2023 World Spirits Championships, 2023 World Wine Championships, and US Regional Wines from the 2023 state competitions run by BevTest, plus the top 12 Beers from their 2023 World Beer Championships.

Each year BevTest uses blind panels of trained drinks experts to review thousands of beverages for its in-house competitions as well as the competitions it runs for other organizations. When the panelists have put down their glasses for the year, what rises to the top are these lists of the best drinks of the year for your imbibing pleasure. BevTest does the heavy lifting (and pouring) so you don't have to, so seek out and treasure these liquid gems for your upcoming holiday parties, dinners, and get-togethers (or just for yourself :).

Cheers, The Editors at tastings.com

Best of Year For:
1st
Fremont Brewing 2022 The Rusty Nail Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
97 POINTS
Fremont Brewing 2022 The Rusty Nail Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout 13.6% (USA)
2022 Best Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
LiveWire Honeydew Collins
97 POINTS
LiveWire Honeydew Collins 7.5% (USA)
2nd
Variant Brewing Company Matters of the Subconscious Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Flanders Style Red Ale
97 POINTS
Variant Brewing Company Matters of the Subconscious Pinot Noir Barrel-Aged Flanders Style Red Ale 7.9% (USA)
2022 Best Hard Kombucha 2021 Best Hard Kombucha
Indeed Brewing Company ’Boon’ Blueberry Basil Hard Kombucha
96 POINTS
Indeed Brewing Company ’Boon’ Blueberry Basil Hard Kombucha 8.2% (USA)
2022 Best Non-Alcoholic Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
Lyre’s Classico Non Alcoholic Cocktail
96 POINTS
Lyre’s Classico Non Alcoholic Cocktail (Australia)
4th
Redding Beer Company Menestheus Mild Pale Ale
96 POINTS
Redding Beer Company Menestheus Mild Pale Ale 3.5% (USA)
8th
Fremont Brewing 2022 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout
96 POINTS
Fremont Brewing 2022 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout 14.1% (USA)
10th
Edison Brewing Wizard Winter Weizen
95 POINTS
Edison Brewing Wizard Winter Weizen 5.8% (USA)
12th
Tree House Brewing Company JJJuliusss American IPA
95 POINTS
Tree House Brewing Company JJJuliusss American IPA 6.8% (USA)
2022 Best Flavored Spirits-Based Hard Seltzer
Damn Right Cocktails Son of a Basil Strawberry Basil Tequila Seltzer
95 POINTS
Damn Right Cocktails Son of a Basil Strawberry Basil Tequila Seltzer 5% (Mexico)
2022 Best Fruit-Flavored Hard Seltzer
Quirk Watermelon Salt & Lime Hard Seltzer
94 POINTS
Quirk Watermelon Salt & Lime Hard Seltzer 4% (USA)
2022 Best Non Alcoholic Beer
Sobah Finger Lime Cerveza
93 POINTS
Sobah Finger Lime Cerveza (Australia) $13.50.
2022 Best Ice Cider
Two K Farms Heirloom Ice Cider
92 POINTS
Two K Farms Heirloom Ice Cider 9% (USA) $25.
2022 Best Low-Calorie Ready-to-Drink Cocktail
Volley Zesty Lime Tequila Seltzer
92 POINTS
Volley Zesty Lime Tequila Seltzer 5.25% (Mexico)
2022 Top 2 Traditional Mead
Martin Brothers Wildflower Honey Mead
92 POINTS
Martin Brothers Wildflower Honey Mead 14% (USA) $27.
2022 Best Specialty Cider
Brick River Cider Co. Homestead Peach Specialty Cider
91 POINTS
Brick River Cider Co. Homestead Peach Specialty Cider 5% (USA) $9.
2022 Best Low-Carb Beer
Suntory Beer Limited KINMUGI Toushitsu (Carbohydrates) 75% Off
88 POINTS
Suntory Beer Limited KINMUGI Toushitsu (Carbohydrates) 75% Off 4% (Japan)
2022 Best Malt-Based Cocktail
Pepito Bella Sangria Light
87 POINTS
Pepito Bella Sangria Light 4% (Canada)
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