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Ommegang Hennepin

Saison is a complex and once-endangered style of farmhouse ale that originated in the French-speaking southern part of Belgium, traditionally brewed in the winter months and served all summer long. Ommegang’s Hennepin is the best interpretation you’ll find here in the States. It pours a softly murky straw-gold, with classic clove and spice flavors shining brightly through the Belgian yeast strains that give it that musty farmhouse aroma. Lighter, fruity esters and a dry, crisp finish hide the fact that this beer is nearly 8% ABV.

Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, N.Y.)

Farmhouse Saison / 7.7% ABV

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Uinta Wyld

Nothing about this bottle makes it look like something you want to put your mouth on. Even apart from the name, its designless label and crudely positioned USDA sticker give the impression that Wyld is best served in a Petri dish at room temperature. The taste is surprising, but not how you might think. Its understated malt flavor is balanced with just enough hops to give it a ripe fruit aroma and dry, piney finish. Superb drinkability and versatility with food pairings aren’t always the top criteria for craft beers, but try this as your go-to sixer the next time you're unsure what to bring to your friend’s backyard barbeque.

Uinta Brewing Co. (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Organic Pale Ale / 4% ABV

Bitch Creek ESB

Typically labeled “Extra Special Bitter,” ESB is an English term that denotes a higher-gravity version of a brewer’s mid-range “bitter,” or session ale. Grand Teton’s award-winning Brown Ale is a robust flavor punch with a long list of ingredients that combine for a complex aroma and a surprisingly smooth finish. Earthy hops and caramel malt define the nose and a blend of Chinook and Centennial hops fill the back end with a pine-resiny, herbal bitterness that expands on the tongue.

Grand Teton Brewing Co. (Victor, Ind.)

Extra Special Brown / 6% ABV

Rich & Dan's Rye IPA

Harpoon founders Dan Kenary and Rich Doyle created this special beer to celebrate the brewery's silver anniversary this year. Now in the 37th installment of its small-batch "100 Barrel Series," this hop-forward IPA features a multidimensional malt body and enough spice and fruity hop presence to stand up to any spicy food dish.

Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Mass.)

Rye IPA / 6.9% ABV

Weyerbacher Verboten

This medium-bodied Belgian Pale Ale was formerly produced as "Zotten" before the small brewery from Easton, Penn., was made aware of a copyright infringement with Brouwerij De Halve Maan in Bruges. Centennial and Cascade hops add a distinctly American twist, but apart from that, this beer stays true to the mold with moderate bitterness and fruity esters imparted by the Belgian yeast. This beer is bottle conditioned so what you do with the yeast particles at the bottom is up to you, just don’t be alarmed by it.

Weyerbacher (Easton, Penn.)

Belgian Pale Ale / 5.9% ABV

Ovila Abbey Dubbel

Abbey beers are the official replica jerseys of beer, a close approximation of the Belgian brewing styles employed by the true Trappist breweries, of which there are only seven remaining. The Dubbel calls for a deep amber color with faint hops and a complex dark fruit and caramel flavor profile. Added candy sugar thins the body and kicks up the gravity. This is a particularly good one from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., with some proceeds going toward the restoration of the Ovila Abbey, which was bought and shipped brick by brick from its home in Spain to Northern California by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1931. Not for any particular reason, mind you.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, Calif.)

Abbey Dubbel / 7.5% ABV

[photo credit]

Apex

Hop-heads will find this beer aptly named, as it is widely considered to be among the best Double IPA's available at the moment. The idea behind the style is pretty straightforward; take a strong, hoppy pale ale, make it even stronger and hoppier, and hope it turns out better. This one is loaded with citrusy, resiny hops from the Pacific Northwest. For a slightly more balanced Pale Ale, also try Bear Republic's XP.

Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Healdsburg, Calif.)

Imperial or Double IPA / 7.5% ABV

Allagash Curieux

Allagash has always been at the forefront of traditional, Belgian-style brewing in the U.S., and this frighteningly quaffable beer marks the brewery's first exploration of barrel aging techniques. Lighter in hue but much heavier in alcohol content than a Dubbel, this Tripel exhibits interesting secondary notes of coconut, vanilla, and bourbon as a result of eight weeks spent in Jim Beam bourbon barrels.

Allagash Brewing Co. (Portland, Maine)

Tripel / 11% ABV

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Admittedly, this one is a novelty beer. With an alcohol content and price tag that you would expect to see on a bottle of fortified wine, this is something you might consider drinking after dinner but probably not after work. Still, if you're into stouts, this is it. The smell is like breaking open a box of liquor-filled chocolates and the mouthfeel is thick and chewy, with a blast of barley up front and a shot of coffee liqueur to chase it down.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Del.)

American Double or Imperial Stout / 18% ABV

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

This style is catching on fast, but it's still new enough that nobody's quite settled on a name for it. It’s believed to have originated in Vermont, though many refer to it as Cascadian Dark Ale since it first spread widely across the Northwest. Others prefer to call it Black IPA, arguing that the name shouldn't be so region-specific. Black IPA is kind of oxymoronic though, so we'll stick with ABA. No matter what people are calling it, many are happily discovering that intense hops and roasty malts need not be mutually exclusive.

Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, Calif.)

American Black Ale / 8.7% ABV


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.


The 25 Essential Craft Beers You Must Try

Keep in mind there are now over 5,000 breweries in the United States. Whether you’re new to craft beer or are diving into the best and brightest brewers across our 50 states, choosing a beer is getting harder and harder with every year. That’s where we come in. This non-comprehensive and unofficial list is a good start, just a taste of all the amazing old and new beers available. Here are 25 beers every beer lover should try at least once:

AleSmith Old Numbskull: American Barleywine, 11% ABV

This barleywine has won three Great American Beer Festival awards, in 2008, 2011, and 2013, plus two World Beer Cup medals, in 2008 and 2012. It’s extremely well-balanced and full-bodied and can be paired with anything from roasted meats to stews to a variety of pungent cheeses.

Allagash White: Witbier, 5% ABV

Spiced with their own special blend of coriander and Curaçao orange peel, this Belgian-style wheat beer has won numerous awards, including gold at the Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and gold in the World Beer Cup in 1998, 2010, and 2012. Clove, banana, and orange notes dominate the taste, but in a deliciously balanced and subtle way.

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Allagash Black Ale: Belgian-style Stout, 7.5% ABV

What can I say? Allagash brews some of the most delicious craft beers on the market. Technically, there is no such thing as a traditional Belgian stout, the good folks at Allagash don’t always follow the rules. With torrified wheat, roasted barley, chocolate malt, black malt, and a generous portion of dark caramelized candi sugar, this beer is a little easier to drink that some regular stouts and finishes clean.

Bell’s Expedition Stout: Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV

Chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and molasses come together in this warming and super smooth and complex beer. This is one of the best RIS on the market, and one that gets even better with age.

Brauerei Aying Ayinger Celebrator: Dark Doppelbock, 6.7% ABV

This is a full-bodied beer showing off notes of caramel, toasted malts, and mild notes of dark fruit. This is a deliciously complex and well-balanced beer with notes of root beer, black licorice, cinnamon, plum, and dark roasted malts. Touches of alcohol warmth give it a gorgeous, long finish.

Cigar City Guava Grove: Farmhouse Ale, 8% ABV

This award-winning brewery brews Guava Grove in tribute to Tampa’s fruity nickname. It’s brewed with a French strain of Saison yeast with a secondary fermentation on pink guava puree. With this beer, experience some barnyard flavors, carbonation, guava (of course), pepper, citrus, watermelon, clove, and wheat.

Deschutes The Abyss: American Double/Imperial Stout, 11% ABV

With nearly immeasurable depth and complexity, you’ll want to dive into the abyss at least once. This is barrel aged for 12 months in bourbon, Oregon oak, and Pinot Noir barrels.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA: India Pale Ale, 9% ABV

It’s named after the amount of time it’s continuously hopped, providing a smack-you-in-the-face hop bitterness, while a good amount of malt sweetness provides balance. Notes of pine, pineapple, and honey lend to its drinkability.

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA: American IPA, 7.5% ABV

This is pretty darn close to a perfect beer, in my book. The bouquet is crammed with Pacific Northwest hops. Notes of lemon, pineapple, papaya, plus wonderful pine traits, give it a juicy and resinous quality.

Founders KBS: Imperial Stout, 12.4% ABV

This world-class beer is available in April, so mark your calendars. Take your time with this sipper to fully taste all of the layers: coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, charred nuttiness, and bourbon. After sitting in oak bourbon barrels for a year, KBS emerges with a boozy sweet bourbon profile.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout: Imperial Stout, 13.8% ABV

This stout is aged in bourbon barrels. It smells like a bourbon dessert with sweet caramel up front. The complex notes include plums, figs, and milk chocolate. This is decadence, in a glass.

Green Flash Palate Wrecker: Double IPA, 9.5% ABV

This beer is the American Double’s of American Double’s. The appropriately named Imperial IPA has thick, sticky, chunky lacing and pistol blazing intense bitterness. The pineapple, mango, and grapefruit sweetness are perfectly balanced with the insanely high number of IBUs.

Jolly Pumpkin La Percela: Pumpkin Ale, 5.9% ABV

This is a perfect fall beer with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, lemon zest, sour cherries, and toast. This isn’t your average pumpkin ale, as it finishes with a refreshing tart sourness.

Kern River Brewing Citra: Imperial IPA, 8% ABV

This obviously citrus-forward beer is just about faultless. There are lingering notes of lemon cake, candied mango, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Citra is bright and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale: Pale Ale, 7.5% ABV

The balance between malt and hop in this wheat ale is outstanding. With grapefruit, pine, mandarin, and a hint of bready wheat malt sweetness, this is an interesting take on the two beer styles. The flavor is bright and clean, with an excellent harmony of citrus hops and sweet malts.

Pizza Port/Lost Abbey Cuvee de Tomme: American Wild Ale, 11% ABV

The brewery made famous for brewing amazing Belgian-style beers decided to brew an unconventional sour brown ale in 1999. Made from four fermentable sugars, it’s fully fermented before being placed in bourbon barrels where it ages for one year with sour cherries. Think cherry, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar forming a booze-soaked cherry dessert, in a glass.

Russian River Pliny the Elder: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Beer drinkers have been known to stand in line to be able to enjoy this limited-supply double IPA. You’ll see this proof with the bottling date printed on each bottle. This is – by far – the easiest IPA to imbibe. It’s powerful, fragrant, amazingly complex, yet very smooth and clean.

Saison Dupont: Saison, 6.5% ABV

This must-try beer is a top fermentation beer with refermentation in the bottle. Since 1844, this beer has been brewed at La Brasserie Dupont’s farm-brewery. Hints of banana, pineapple, tropical fruit, pear, and black pepper finish with a distinctly German hop flavor. In the background hangs a light screen of barnyard funk.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: American Pale Ale, 5.6% ABV

This is a classic home brewer’s dream that turned into one of the most iconic beers in the craft beer world. A generous amount of premium Cascade hops give the Pale Ale its fragrant bouquet and spicy flavor. It’s piney with a citrus hop aroma and a slightly dry finish.

Stone Brewing: Imperial Russian Stout, 10.6% ABV

Go ahead and enjoy this sinfully decadent, black-as- night beer now or age it at cellar temperature. Or, buy two and do both! This is heavy on dark fruits, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and licorice, with a hint of alcohol burn. This is one of the best RIS’s on the market.

The Alchemist Heady Topper: Double IPA, 8% ABV

Brewed out of Vermont, this is a world-class beer. The scent is an immediate burst of tropical hops like pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and peach. A hoppy start flexes and finishes into a malty finish, while staying incredibly smooth.

The Bruery Black Tuesday: Imperial Stout, 19.2% ABV

Released on the final Tuesday of October every year, this beer is their take on a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The nose is typically all dark chocolate, roasted coffee, toasted oak, and bourbon. Despite its decadence and booziness, it’s wonderfully smooth. This is a brewer’s masterpiece. Pair with braised sasquatch short ribs.

Three Floyds Zombie Dust: Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV

This intensely hopped and gushing undead pale ale pours peachy gold and gives off big aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. The taste is toasty buttered breadiness and, like the aromas, really ripe tropical fruitiness. This is an exceptional beer.

Three Floyds Dark Lord: Russian Imperial Stout, 15% ABV

This RIS is brewed with coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar. Not for the faint of heart, Dark Lord is among the most opaque and black stouts on the market. And what you smell is delivered in the taste: dark chocolate, cherries, plums, caramel, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. I suggest sipping it on a cold, snowy night.

Victory Prima Pils: German Pilsner, 5.3% ABV

This signature pils is brewed with heaps of whole flower European hops and fine German malts. You may notice grassy, cracker, and pepper notes on the nose and pear, white grape, and hoppy bitterness in the taste. This isn’t your average pilsner. Enjoy it alone or with seafood or burgers.