So what, you ask, is the best beer in America? According to Beer Advocate Magazine, it is a Russian Imperial Stout called “Kate the Great” made by the Portsmouth Brewery in New Hampshire. Not only is Kate the Great ranked the best beer in the country—it’s also been declared the second most delicious beer … in the world.
Kate the Great beer was first made by brewmaster Tod Mott (left) in 2005, though he says that he spent 10 to 12 years honing the recipe. It includes brown sugar and a lot of malt and is described as having a “figgy, plummy” character.
People go crazy over this brew. On the rare occasions it’s released, a insanely long line forms outside the Portsmouth Brewery. The phenomenon has been dubbed “Kate Mania.” In fact, on last year’s release date, New Hampshire governor John Lynch declared March 7th Kate the Great day.
This year, only 14 barrels of the Kate the Great beer were brewed. They will be released to the public on March 5th. The Portsmouth Brewery sold 15,000 $2 scratch-off tickets to determine the 2,000 beer aficionados who would be able to get their mitts on the limited supply. The tickets sold out in 24 hours.
According to the Seacoast Online, the Brewery will open at 11am, and will let 50 people in every 15 minutes. Oh to be one of the winners.