The Best

My favorite product rating sources are The Wirecutter and The Sweethome. They’re kind of like Consumer Reports, but instead of tedious charts breaking down every inane nuance, they just say: this thing is the best and you should buy it if you need one. You should probably just check them out instead of continuing to read this article, but I thought I would take a stab at recommending some products that I think are the best. I’ve previously suggested some baby products and IPAs. This will be a continuously edited article as I change my opinion or come across new stuff.

Podcast: Radiolab

Men’s jeans: Levi’s 559 (you can find better jeans, but you’ll pay 3X as much)

Sports team: San Francisco Giants

Homebrewing book: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Book about beer: Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher

Electric kettle: Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp

Popcorn popper: Presto PowerPop Microwave Multi-Popper

Beard trimmer: Wahl Professional Peanut

Men’s rain jacket: Marmot Men’s Precip Jacket

Pillow: BioSense Classic Pillow


  • IPA: Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • Belgian IPA: Green Flash Le Freak
  • Black IPA: Firestone Wookey Jack
  • Imperial IPA: Russian River Pliny the Elder
  • Imperial Black IPA: Uinta Dubhe
  • Sour/Wild: Russian River Beatification
  • Flanders Red: Bruery Oude Tart
  • Gose: Anderson Valley The Kimmie, The Yink & The Holy Gose Ale
  • Gueuze: Bruery Rueuze
  • Saison/Farmhouse: Tahoe Mountain Higashino Farmhouse
  • Barleywine: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
  • Dubbel: Brouwerij Alken-Maes Grimbergen Dubbel
  • Tripel: Allagash Curieux
  • Quad: St. Bernardus Abt 12
  • Belgian Strong Dark: North Coast Brother Thelonious
  • Belgian Strong Pale: Russian River Damnation
  • Belgian Golden: North Coast Pranqster
  • Berliner Weisse: Bruery Hottenroth
  • Hefeweizen: Sudwerk Hefeweizen Bavarian Wheat
  • Brown: Sierra Nevada Tumbler
  • California Common: Anchor Steam
  • Cider: Crispin Bird on a Wire
  • Cream Ale: Wildcard Suicide Jack
  • Doppelbock: Brauerei Aying Celebrator
  • Bitter: Sierra Nevada Best Bitter
  • Kölsch: Sierra Nevada Kölsch
  • Helles: Ninkasi Lux
  • Pale Lager: Anchor California Lager
  • Märzen: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
  • Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Belgian Pale Ale: Orval
  • Pale Wheat Ale: Firestone Walker Solace
  • Czech Pilsener: Lagunitas Pils
  • German Pilsener: North Coast Scrimshaw
  • Porter: Heretic Shallow Grave
  • Scotch Ale: Oskar Blues Old Chub
  • Amber: Stone Levitation Sierra Nevada Sidecar
  • Red Ale: Heretic Evil Twin
  • Stout: Sierra Nevada Stout
  • Double Stout: Sierra Nevada Narwhal
  • Russian Imperial Stout: North Coast Old Rasputin
  • Irish/Dry Stout: Drake’s Dry Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout: Firestone Walker Velvet Merlin

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