The first batch of KBS was brewed in 2001. (Photo via Founder's Brewing Co.)
The first batch of KBS was brewed in 2001. (Photo via Founder's Brewing Co.)

Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beers in Michigan from BeerAdvocate.

MICHIGAN—If you drink beer—any beer—you’ve likely heard of the craft beer revolution, and you likely fall into one of two camps: IPA warrior or lager loyalist. The great thing about a beer-related revolution is that there is no wrong side. Whatever your preference, cheers to you.

The burgeoning brewery business is indeed a revolution by many counts. According to the Brewers Association, the number of breweries in the United States grew 390% from 2010 to 2020—all while beer consumption, on average, was declining.

Like all revolutions, this, too, began as a desire for change—as an overthrow of the old and the monopolistic. In 2010, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors (formerly MillerCoors), two of the largest beer companies in the world, comprised roughly 77% of total beer sales in the US.

In 2020, that share was 60%, with smaller brewers claiming a larger share toward the end of the decade.With a taste of the innovations and variety coming out of craft breweries, consumers are demanding a higher quality product, and are willing to pay more for it.

Over the last decade, beer prices have increased by 33%. If you’ve ever been curious about which beers are most popular in Michigan, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beer in the Mitten using ratings from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 beers per brewery were included.

10. Expedition Stout – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

  • Rating: 4.47 (803 ratings)
  • Type: Russian Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 13.40%
  • Brewery: Bell’s Brewery – Eccentric Café & General Store

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9. Kentuckley

  • Rating: 4.49 (232 ratings)
  • Type: American Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 14.50%
  • Brewery: Transient Artisan Ales

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8. No Rules

  • Rating: 4.49 (1,405 ratings)
  • Type: Imperial Porter
  • ABV: 15.00%
  • Brewery: Perrin Brewing Co.

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7. KBS – Maple Mackinac Fudge

  • Rating: 4.5 (859 ratings)
  • Type: American Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 11.00%
  • Brewery: Founders Brewing Company

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6. Breakfast Stout

  • Rating: 4.51 (17,862 ratings)
  • Type: Oatmeal Stout
  • ABV: 8.30%
  • Brewery: Founders Brewing Company

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5. Plead The 5th – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

  • Rating: 4.52 (3,363 ratings)
  • Type: Russian Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 11.00%
  • Brewery: Dark Horse Brewing Company

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4. Canuckley

  • Rating: 4.56 (177 ratings)
  • American Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 14.50%
  • Brewery: Transient Artisan Ales

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3. Fourth Dementia – Bourbon Barrel-Aged

  • Rating: 4.55 (2,027 ratings)
  • Type: Old Ale
  • ABV: 13.50%
  • Brewery: Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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2. KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

  • Rating: 4.6 (14,089 ratings)
  • Type: American Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 12.00%
  • Brewery: Founders Brewing Company

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1. CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

  • Rating: 4.64 (6,738 ratings)
  • Type: American Imperial Stout
  • ABV: 11.30%
  • Brewery: Founders Brewing Company

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