While the world of craft beer has been pushing the bounds of brewing further and further with new and crazy ingredients and techniques each week, some forget that more traditional styles can be awesome too. Pilsners, and lagers in general, don’t get a lot of respect from many craft beer drinkers. Many need to realize that pilsners can be a great, highly drinkable beer when they’re done right. Avery Brewing Joe’s Premium American Pilsner is a perfect example of that.
In a small Wisconsin town, just a couple minutes down the road from Madison, Tyranena has been brewing some of the best beers in the state for years. While great year-round brews like Bitter Woman IPA, Rocky’s Revenge, and Chief Black Hawk Porter are deliciously available any time, occasionally they have to let brewer/owner Rob blow off some steam. The Brewers Gone Wild series of beers features big, bold, and ballsy brews that delight. Hop Whore is your delicious little mistress from your favorite little cones.
The folks at Stone Brewing are no strangers hops. The wonderful hop has become a signature of many Stone brews and their anniversary beers have almost always showcased this lovely element of our favorite beverage. This years Stone Anniversary Ale is keeps with their tried and true formula of big beer with big hop profile. The Stone 18th Anniversary IPA once again delights hop lovers across the nation.
For most craft beer drinkers, the arrival of a new beer is a special thing. Something tasty and new that we’ve never experienced before makes us curious and excited. What’s better than just one beer? How about a whole series of 7 beers with a common theme? The Bell’s Brewery Planet Series brings us just that. With 7 brews, it offers plenty to look forward to. Though not the first and far from the last, Mercury was a tasty one.
Craft beer is no stranger to collaboration. Frequently we see brewers help each other out and work together to bring us amazing brews that benefit from their collective knowledge. Collaborations aren’t just for brewer teams anymore. We’ve seen a number of great brewer and musician brews. If one was to pick pairing of Minnesota brewer and Minnesota-made musicians, the pairing of Surly Brewing and Doomtree would be the perfect mix. With Surly Doomtree beer, that’s just what happened.
Light bodied beers are great for enjoying any time and in session but what about when you want something dark and full of all kinds of amazing flavors? A flavorful barleywine that’s sure to fill the tastebuds and warm the body? Something aged in bourbon barrels to add another layer of complexity. Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine fits the bill perfectly and is one of the very best barleywines out there.