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Check out this list of the highest rated beers across the commonwealth, using info from BeerAdvocate.

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 U.S. In 2020, that share was 60%, with smaller brewers claiming a larger share toward the end of the decade.

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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 your home state, we have the answer. Stacker compiled a list of the highest rated beer in Virginia using ratings from BeerAdvocate. A maximum of 5 beers per brewery were included.

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#29. Bitter Valentine

– Rating: 4.23 (569 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.30%
– Brewery: Alewerks Brewing Company
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#28. Pancake House

– Rating: 4.38 (23 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 8.50%
– Brewery: Alewerks Brewing Company
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#27. Triple 3 Scoops: Passion Fruit, Lemonade, Mango

– Rating: 4.4 (23 ratings)
– Type: Fruited Kettle Sour
– ABV: 3.50%
– Brewery: The Answer Brewpub
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#26. Green Dreams

– Rating: 4.31 (78 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: Triple Crossing Brewing
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#25. Bourbon Barrel Porter (BBP)

– Rating: 4.27 (633 ratings)
– Type: Imperial Porter
– ABV: 9.00%
– Brewery: Alewerks Brewing Company
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#24. Battle Creek

– Rating: 4.32 (70 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: Triple Crossing Brewing
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#23. Nectar & Knife

– Rating: 4.31 (117 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: Triple Crossing Brewing
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#22. Café Royale

– Rating: 4.3 (793 ratings)
– Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
– ABV: 8.40%
– Brewery: Alewerks Brewing Company
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#21. Hard In The Paint

– Rating: 4.35 (79 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: The Answer Brewpub
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#20. Imperial Pumpkin – Bourbon Barrel

– Rating: 4.43 (33 ratings)
– Type: Pumpkin Beer
– ABV: 9.40%
– Brewery: Alewerks Brewing Company
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#19. Interstellar Burst

– Rating: 4.37 (67 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: Triple Crossing Brewing
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#18. Resolute

– Rating: 4.33 (405 ratings)
– Type: Russian Imperial Stout
– ABV: 13.50%
– Brewery: Brothers Craft Brewing
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#17. Christmas Morning

– Rating: 4.34 (447 ratings)
– Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
– ABV: 9.20%
– Brewery: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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#16. Bourbon GBS (Gingerbread Stout)

– Rating: 4.34 (820 ratings)
– Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
– ABV: 10.20%
– Brewery: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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#15. Ruse

– Rating: 4.4 (111 ratings)
– Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
– ABV: 11.30%
– Brewery: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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#14. Dark Hollow Reserve: Concealed Darkness

– Rating: 4.46 (48 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 10.60%
– Brewery: Blue Mountain Brewery
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#13. We Ded Mon

– Rating: 4.41 (146 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 11.00%
– Brewery: The Veil Brewing Co.
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#12. Never Gonnagetit³

– Rating: 4.52 (35 ratings)
– Type: Fruited Kettle Sour
– ABV: 5.30%
– Brewery: The Veil Brewing Co.
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#11. IdonteverEVERwanttoBU

– Rating: 4.45 (96 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 9.30%
– Brewery: The Veil Brewing Co.
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#10. whiteferrari

– Rating: 4.43 (213 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.00%
– Brewery: The Veil Brewing Co.
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#9. Orange Starfish

– Rating: 4.42 (384 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 5.70%
– Brewery: Aslin Beer Company
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#8. Bale

– Rating: 4.48 (73 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 13.50%
– Brewery: Aslin Beer Company
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#7. Master Of Karate

– Rating: 4.42 (527 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.40%
– Brewery: Aslin Beer Company
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#6. Talking Backwards

– Rating: 4.48 (85 ratings)
– Type: Imperial IPA
– ABV: 10.80%
– Brewery: Ocelot Brewing Company
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#5. Juan de Bolas

– Rating: 4.52 (54 ratings)
– Type: American Imperial Stout
– ABV: 15.00%
– Brewery: Aslin Beer Company
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#4. Never Never Again Again

– Rating: 4.51 (67 ratings)
– Type: Fruited Kettle Sour
– ABV: 5.10%
– Brewery: The Veil Brewing Co.
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#3. Kentucky Christmas Morning

– Rating: 4.45 (452 ratings)
– Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
– ABV: 10.60%
– Brewery: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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#2. Trickery

– Rating: 4.45 (523 ratings)
– Type: Sweet / Milk Stout
– ABV: 13.50%
– Brewery: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
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#1. Double Orange Starfish

– Rating: 4.46 (477 ratings)
– Type: New England IPA
– ABV: 8.30%
– Brewery: Aslin Beer Company
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