It’s the kind of friendly argument you can get into at a bar: Who makes the best beer in town? The best booze? The best wine?

We put the question to you, our readers. And you responded by the gallon. It’s as if we opened a tap and all of your thoughts and votes spilled out. More than 10,000 votes were cast, based on nominations made by our food and drink experts. From them we have determined this year’s Top Pours in nearly 30 categories, from the trivial to the profound.

Prepare to have your taste challenged, your expectations dashed and your horizons broadened. Just don’t blame us if you get a little thirsty reading this.

By Daniel Neman, Norma Klingsick, Amy Bertrand and Ian Froeb