Not so long ago, the big breweries had complete control over the beer market in the United States, but in the late 1990s and early 2000s, microbreweries began sprouting up across the country from seemingly nowhere. While many people still prefer the taste of Budweiser, Miller, Coors and the like, craft beer is now dominating the market, and when you look at select cities, such as Portland, Oregon, you would never believe there was anything else available.
When you need to give someone a gift or want to Thank a friend for lending a helping hand, microbrew beer gifts are the way to go. You Don't want to hand over a 12-pack of Bud Light with a bow stuck to the top. You want a premium beer in an aesthetically pleasing basket with a few choice snacks or a set of collectors’ beer glasses.
Microbrew, also known as craft beer, has been praised for a having a better taste than the average lagers and pilsners you find from the big U.S. breweries. This is because craft brewers are not out to appease the masses. They are people who love beer that make beer for others who enjoy beer, and that’s the bottom line. Another reason that makes craft beer special is that there are so many varieties from which to choose.
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Goose Island Brewing Company, Chicago IL. - Four Star Pils
Four Star Pils from the Goose Island Beer Company is like that rowdy friend who is always on go. This is the beer that you can relax with at the end of a long day, but it's also a light brew that allows you to enjoy multiple bottles or cans when you're living it up in party mode. It's available year-round and has a light, refreshing taste with the hop-drenched aroma that you would expect from any good Pilsner. You can now find this popular beer on draft at select locations, but it's also distributed in cans and beers to accommodate celebrations at any location.
What makes Four Star Pils a bit different from a classical Pilsner brew is the selection of hops, which includes varieties from the United States as well as Germany. The selection includes Mount Hood, Hallertau, Opal and Hersbrucker hops, and the recipe also calls for a hearty blend of C-20, Two-Row and Munich malts. The result is a well-balanced beer that doesn't shy away from kicking things up with hoppy spice.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Chico, Ca. - Porter
Some beers don't need a fancy name, and Sierra Nevada knew that when they created their Porter. They took the tradition of brewing dark beers capable of breathing life into tired souls, and they added a twist to make it their own. The end result was a roasted brew with deep brown color and a persistent head of white foam. It's dark and brooding with the roasted quality of a good pot of coffee, but add some cocoa and lace it with enough alcohol to put you in a good mood. With nearly 6 percent ABV, this is the type of beer that you can pour into your favorite glass and enjoy over dinner with good company. It may even go well with dessert, and it's always a good time when you're letting loose with friends.
Sierra Nevada's Porter is crafted from Aurora and Yakima Golding hops with a blend of Chocolate, Caramel, Two-Row Pale, Munich, Black and Carafa malts. The coffee and chocolate flavors take the lead, but every gulp finishes with a bitter punch. As you may come to expect with Sierra Nevada, this porter meets the standards of an exceptional classic while offering something refreshing and modern.
Yuengling Brewery Pottsville, PA - Traditional Lager
There are times when you want to experiment with the most innovative modern beers on the market. Then there are times when you would like to go back in time and experience the fresh, crisp flavors of a traditional American beer. When the latter strikes, there's no better retreat than a bottle of Traditional Lager from the Yuengling Brewery. This beer is still crafted from a recipe created by one of the brewery's original founders. The recipe was discovered in 1987 and has since served as one of the most noteworthy products from the Yuengling family.
Traditional Lager is an American Amber Ale that delivers one of the clearest and most genuine red hues available today. It produces a rather thin off-white layer of foam that lingers in the glass almost to the last drop. Roasted caramel malts give the flavor profile a touch of sweetness that is tamed by the bitterness of Cascade and Cluster hops. This well-balanced taste combines with the low alcohol content to create a beer that you can drink quickly. One bottle is easily followed up by another, making this a great beer for a game-day party or a relaxing backyard picnic. It goes well with just about anything that you can throw on the grill or fry up in the kitchen, so keep it around as your go-to everyday brew.
Speakeasy Ales and Lagers, San Francisco CA. - Big Daddy IPA
When you're craving the bold bitterness of an intensely dry-hopped beer, pour a tall glass of Big Daddy IPA. Brewed by Speakeasy Ales in San Francisco, this American-style India Pale Ale delivers a bite that you can't miss. The beer still goes down smooth, but it leaves a lasting impression that will get any hop-lover excited. The bitterness is created by a blend of Cascade, Centennial and Columbus hops, but it's balanced with the sweetness of Light Munich and Two-Row Pale malts. The strong flavor is perfect for moments of celebration, but the hops are easily savored while relaxing alone at home. When you open a bottle, take a moment to appreciate the complex aroma. You'll detect a fresh floral scent with hints of pine, grass and bread. Grapefruit is in the mix as well, and that light citrus aroma ensures that this brew pairs well with light foods with citrus components. It also goes well with a variety of American comfort foods, so set it on the table with homemade macaroni and cheese, pot roast and other hearty meals.
New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins CO. - Abbey Belgian Style Dubbel
While New Belgium now produces some of the tangiest light beers on the market, they slip back to their monastic Belgium roots with their Belgian-style Dubbel known as Abbey. This was one of the first beers that the brewery released in the early 1990s, but they updated the recipe in 2015. While they reveal the malts and hops used to create the beer as well as some of their star ingredients, the exact recipe is one of the biggest New Belgium secrets. All that beer enthusiasts need to know is that the hidden recipe remains the brewery's top winner when it comes to industry awards, and it offers a pleasant sweetness that is quickly followed by a bitter finale. That bitterness comes from the inclusion of Liberty, Nugget and Willamette hops, but the blend of Chocolate, Oat, Special W, Black Barley, Pale and Caramel Munich malts is what sets this brew up to steal the gold medal. Maybe you can't step into a Belgian monastery, but you can pop open a bottle of Abbey and taste the complexities of seven malts, burnt sugar, figs and dried cherries.
Alaskan Brewing Juneau, AK. - Freeride APA
Freeriding is a style of snowboarding and skiing that involves a lot of technical maneuvers and mind-blowing tricks. Since Alaskan Brewing first developed their Freeride APA to quench the thirst of winter sport enthusiasts in Alaska, the name makes sense for this American Pale Ale. The beer is now considered an excellent companion to any outdoor sport, including kayaking down the river in the spring or hiking the mountains in the summer. Freeride took home a gold medal from the U.S. Open Beer Championship in 2013 and offers a crisp, refreshing taste with an ABV just over five percent.
The secret to this medium-bodied brew may be in the glacier-fed water that is sourced from Juneau. The Alaskan Brewing Company is well known for taking advantage of the fresh resources in Alaska, but Freeride APA also benefits from specialty Crystal malts, premium Two-Row malts and a combination of Centennial, Citra and Cascade hops. The hops stand out in the flavor profile without contributing too much bitterness, and the malts kick in to create a sweet background. You can look forward to a golden color that is slightly hazy, a thin head of bubbling foam and a fruity aroma with citrus and floral highlights.
Kona Brewing Company, Kailua-Kona, HI. - Castaway IPA
If you prefer your beer steeped in hops with a side of sweet fruit, then perhaps you're the ideal Castaway IPA fan. Brewed on the Big Island of Hawaii by the Kona Brewing Company, this is a bitter India Pale Ale that includes accents of pineapple, mango and passion fruit. The brewing process includes dry hopping to ensure the hops take center stage. Those hops make their first appearance in the aroma, and they follow through beautifully to the flavor. Castaway IPA pours a hazy copper color. The thin, white head rises quickly, offering minimal lacing for your glass. The bite of high-quality hops will hit your mouth first, followed quickly by tropical fruit and a slight presence of sweet malt to finish each sip. This is a beer that you can enjoy when relaxing around the house on the weekend or during outdoor celebrations. You can also use it to turn up the heat on spicy meals. Count on the brewers at Kona to provide a full-bodied, American-style IPA that leaves you refreshed and that helps you relax.
Santa Fe Brewing Company, Santa Fe NM. - Java Stout
What happens when you heap on the barley malt and go just a little overboard with the fermentation process? If you ask the brewers at Santa Fe Brewing, you come out with a full-bodied beer with 8 percent alcohol ABV. Of course, this New Mexico brewery is known for using interesting ingredients of the highest quality, and that may also have something to do with the deliciousness that is their Java Stout. The brewers combine Fuggle and Bravo hops with Chocolate, Roast, Crystal, Munich and Two-Row malts. Then they add a mix of locally roasted New Guinea and organic East Timor coffee beans. While the coffee is a heavy influence on the brew's aroma and flavor, the hops and malts aren't shy with their contributions to the final product. This java brew started out with a US Beer Tasting Championship award in 2007, but that was followed up by two awards in 2013, two more awards in 2015, and one Can Can Premier gold medal in 2016. The awards are second nature to the Santa Fe Brewing Company at this point, as are the intense flavor and rewarding aroma presented in yet another energizing brew recipe.