Weissbier is a style of hefeweizen originating from southern Germany, and Prost Brewing in Denver garnered a gold medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) for it. The unfiltered haziness of the pour does nothing to cloud the scents of clove, lemon and robust wheat, and the taste includes both spicy and earthy notes.
Prost Brewing is known for its German varieties, and this style from Dusseldorf is no exception. Prost Altbier pours a deep amber, upon which it radiates aromas of bread crust, light caramel and grassy hops. The taste is that of toasted malt with moderate hoppiness, and it pairs well with sausages and roasted meats.
Sweet Baby Jesus from DuClaw Brewing in Baltimore is one of the most unique beers on record. This chocolate peanut butter porter was first brewed in 2011 and is now the company’s most popular selection. It is made with an all-natural, non-allergenic peanut extract, and the taste is a perfectly balanced combination of dark chocolate and roasted peanuts.
DuClaw Brewing’s Neon Gypsy is a stylized IPA that pours golden copper with a long-lasting head. A total of seven varieties of hops are used in the brewing process, including Columbus, Chinook, Simcoe and Amarillo. The aroma is very citrusy while the taste is balanced with notes of pine. This beer goes well with spicy and fried foods.
Argus Brewery in Chicago crafts a unique IPA that is red in color with a highly laced head. The initial nose is floral and fruity while the forward taste is that of citrusy hops. The robust caramel flavors of the malts are allowed to reach the palate, and a mild sweetness perfectly counterbalances the Chinook and Cascade hops.
Clyde’s Ale from Argus Brewery is an exceptionally smooth ESB. It has a floral character that includes the scent of lemon and grapefruit. The complex malts differentiate this beer from American pale ales, and they provide a strong caramel backbone. The blend of American and British hops balances the maltiness and lends the beer a fruity character.
River Horse Brewing’s Special Ale is an American amber ale that leans toward the darker end of the spectrum. The head is robust and takes a while to die down, and the nose is that of toasted caramel malt with a bit of graham cracker and floral hops. The nutty caramel forward gives way to residual sweetness and the earthy, herbal hops.
River Horse Brewing in Ewing, New Jersey, produces this delightful oatmeal milk stout as a winter seasonal, and it has gained quite a following. This beer pours pure black and releases a beautiful, brown head. It has a rich, malty core that delivers hints of caramel and dark chocolate that are enhanced by the sweetness of the milk.
Peak Organic Brewing Company in Portland, Maine, crafts the delicious, seasonal Fall Summit Ale. It has a piney nose balanced with hints of apricot and a bold character that comes from liberal amounts of Simcoe hops. The Munich malt balances the hops, however, and it has a surprisingly crisp finish. Pair this one with freshly harvested fall vegetables, apples and Gouda.
Peak Organic’s Nut Brown Ale is quite possibly the best of this style to be brewed on U.S. soil. The color is a solid brown, and it has a persistent but low head. The nuttiness is mild and balanced with notes of brown sugar and butter. The caramelized malt is bold, and a touch of sweetness complements the European hops. It pairs with roasted pork and smoked cheddar.
Harpoon Brewing is a delightful craft brewery out of Boston that hit the nail on the head with Black IPA. This seasonal beer is perfect for fall and winter because it sticks to your gut. Its aroma is that of orangey citrus from the Amarillo hops, which works well with the deeply roasted malts. Try this beer with aged hard cheeses or barbecued meats.
Harpoon Brewing has crafted yet another beer that will have you going back for more. Celtic Red is a limited-edition ale that is normally only available in a mixed variety pack. The red is so dark that it’s almost black because of the smoky midnight wheat, and the Apollo and Willamette hops give it a character like that of juicy citrus.
Foolproof Brewing Company is one of the best breweries in Rhode Island, and Raincloud Robust Porter is a breathtaking beer to behold. It is nearly black in color, and the head is light brown. The nose is that of raw cacao, scorched coffee and hazelnut with hints of raisins and figs. This porter is particularly dry, and it pairs perfectly with grilled beef or chocolate cake.
Backyahd IPA from Foolpoof Brewing is about as perfect as an IPA can be. It is fruity and floral with a touch of citrus and honey-like sweetness. At 73 IBUs, it is bitter, but the sweet malts create a nice balance. Wait for the complementary cedar notes at the finish. This beer goes great with seasoned steak, smoked gouda or sharp cheddar cheese.
Brickway Brewery & Distillery is one of the newest craft breweries in Omaha, Nebraska, and Hef is a solid offering in the category of American wheat beer. In all fairness, Hef comes very close to possessing the proper Bavarian character with notes of clove, spice, banana and lemon. It is unfiltered, nicely carbonated and pairs with mandarin-orange chicken.
IPL is Brickway’s India pale lager, and it is one of the brewery’s most popular beers. The head is fluffy and laces nicely while the aroma holds notes of rich caramel and citrusy hops. On the palate, IPL tastes like an extra-hoppy pilsner. This beer can be paired with kung pao chicken or other Asian dishes containing peanuts.
Abbey Dubbel from Flying Fish is an American take on the traditional Belgian dubbel. It has a deep brown-red hue, and the nose provides notes of caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate, which come through to the palate along with hints of raisins and spiced rum. The GABF silver-medal winner pairs well with smoked meats and cheeses.
Red Fish is Flying Fish’s new red ale. This beer has a strong character held in place with the liberal use of a variety of Pacific Northwest hops, imbuing it with an aroma and flavor of citrus, tropical fruits, and berries. However, it only has 34 IBUs, so it is not as bitter as an IPA. Pair this one with burgers, brisket or pork tenderloin.
Santa Fe Brewing Company traces its history back to 1892, and Santa Fe Pale Ale is the culmination of all this brewing experience. It has a brass color and is bottle conditioned. The frothy head releases an aroma of flowery honey and spicy hops, and the flavor is well balanced between the malts and hops. This beer pairs well with spicy Mexican foods and fried chicken.
State Pen Porter from Santa Fe Brewing Company has won a host of awards, and it is the perfect beverage for those who love traditional porters. The distinct flavor profile is one of dark-roasted coffee, raisins, and prunes, but it has hints of citrus and apple. Drink this beer warm with marinated beef brisket.
Strike Brewing Company in San Jose, California, crafts a striking blonde ale known simply as Blonde. It is amazingly refreshing and is brewed with generous amounts of Magnum and Cascade hops that bring a citrusy character to the pale malt and wheat body. This is a great summer beer that pairs with quick, summer foods, such as burgers, hot dogs and pizza.
Strike Brewing turns 180 degrees from Blonde with its Porter, a dark, delicious treat that offers a nose of roasted malt and chocolate. It has the character of an English ale, and it is drier than most other porters are. This beer is best served at room temperature paired with barbecued ribs or roasted pork.
Uinta Brewing company in Salt Lake City has outdone itself with Baba Black Lager. If you like dark beer but also enjoy the crispness of a German lager, this is an excellent choice. It is made with all-organic ingredients and provides notes of caramel, cocoa and charred toast. Try this one with sausage or other complex meats.
Trader Session IPA from Uinta Brewing is made for those who enjoy hoppy IPAs but don’t want to be down for the count after only one or two. The ABV is 4.3 percent, allowing you to enjoy it at any time of the day. It has a caramel backbone, and behind the citrusy profile is just a touch of spice. Trader Session IPA pairs well with spicy Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese food.
Although most people believe milk and beer do not mix, Milk Stout from The Duck Rabbit Brewery will prove them wrong. When added to stout, milk acts as a sweetener to provide balance and as a thickener to give it more body. This extraordinary beer carries hints of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and scorched caramel, making it an excellent choice for desserts.
The Duck Rabbit Craft Brewery left its comfort zone when it brewed Amber Ale, but the result is unquestionably delicious. This medium-bodied ale is darker than most other ambers are, and it also has a unique blend of Belgian ale and Scotch ale qualities. Amber Ale tastes fresh, and the moderate sweetness balances the bitter Nugget and Fuggle hops.
Penn Dark from Pennsylvania Brewing Company is a dunkel lager brewed in the Munich style. It is dark brown in color and forms a thick, foamy head upon pouring. Penn Dark has a distinct flavor profile of toasted bread and nuts with subtle hints of cocoa, caramel, and fruit. It pairs well with burgers, onions and cheddar cheese.
Pennsylvania Brewing Company’s Kaiser Pils won the 2008 GABF gold medal for best German-style pilsner, but it has a few distinct characteristics that differentiate it from other pilsners. It has a little more body than most and a spicy, lemony flavor. The two-row pale malt gives it a biscuit backbone that makes it a good choice for pairing with chicken or shrimp.
Grey Lady is Cisco's take on the Belgian witbier (white beer) style that pours with a light straw color capped by a bright white head. Brewed with citrus peel and spices, with highly fragrant aroma that is bright and bold with notes of orange and coriander. Expect a lightly tart wheat that complements the citrus character with touches of clove and big notes of ginger. Try with some shrimp tossed with noodles with touches of spicy flavors.
Cisco's Summer of Lager is brewed with a Bohemian style similar to the tradition of the Helles Lagers of Bavaria. Find golden color with an aroma of lightly toasted bread and grassy qualities. Touches of citrus and cut grain along with herbal notes are apparent along with a mild citric-like acidity. This lager is a very clean and crisp beer with mild earthiness. Food pairing suggestions include pizza and roasted chicken.
A very dark coffee colored brew made by Millstream Brewing Company has an inviting aroma with notes of toasted bread and coffee flavors with hints of caramel, toffee, and herbal hops. The bitterness comes from both the hops and the dark malts and the balance of sweetness comes with warmer serving temperatures. Pair with grilled meats, pork or something richly sweet like a molted chocolate cake.
Find a good fill on the caramel with Munich malt underneath and this malt contains the backbone of flavor. Plenty of toasty bread with hops that offer a dash of bitterness. Great with Thai dishes or spicy Cajun! Cheers!
A distinctive hoppy brown ale, Beaver Tail offers a rich mahogany color with amber highlights and a robust cap of foam. Caramelized malt undertones offer more than a little toasty bread in the aroma, while a very aromatic array of hops delivers citrus notes which lean toward tangerine and grapefruit, along with a touch of herbal pine. The boldly toasty and somewhat nutty malts support well that very brightly citric hop profile.
Pure pale ale with a big build and fluffy cap of white foam with an over the top hazy golden hue. Find juicy hop notes with citrus and tropical fruit with more than a bit of floral character. Malts are just sweet enough with balance from the hops with a bitter edge that wins out in the end. Pair with a cheeseburger or pizza and on the lighter side seasoned chicken or crispy shrimp!
Butte Creek's pils is a golden color with beautiful crisp white foam. Find pale malts with a touch of breadiness that forms on the base. The Wakatu and Sterling hops were carefully chosen to offer authentic European style. Great balance overall!! Pair this brew with seafood or American classic grill. Great with spicy Asian too!
Powerfully porter this one has beautiful color with a robust head of khaki foam. Find impressions of sweetness along with abundant notes of toasted bread and caramel with a light roasty tone. Smooth and roasty coffee like character with a nutty quality. Balanced and Bold! Enjoy with grilled meats or a rich dessert like chocolate cake and caramel.
Created as a golden ale, Terlingua Gold offers a refreshing and crisp character similar to the best of German Kolsch. Perfect beer for the hot and dry climates the brewery recommends pairing with fish, poultry, pork and greens! Cheers! Big Bend Brewing was founded in Alpine, TX.
In Porter style this microbrew offers deep brown tones with caramelized malt aromas. Find Coffee, bitter chocolate and slight hints of mint and tea. Big Bends recommends food pairings of sweet foods, grilled meats and vegetables - great with a sweet dessert like chocolate cake. Cheers!! Big Bend Brewing was founded in Alpine, TX.
With a balanced approach delivering caramel and toasted bread notes this medium amber brew offers big toasty undertones with some floral has with citrus hints. Brewery suggestions for food pairings include: tangy cheeses and gold ole BBQ dishes. Crazy Mountain Brewing Company was founded in Edwards, CO.
This pale ale pours a beautiful coppery-amber color topped with an generous amount of foam. Find fresh notes of citrus zest and pine along with tropical fruits. The fruity hop aromas are apparent with tropical and stone fruit overtones. The brewery recommends pairing with cheddar, juicy burgers and sweets! Cheers!! Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is based in Edwards, CO.
Robust Porter has a rich mahogany color and is a GABF Gold Medal winner. Favorites of the dockworkers and "Porters" in 19th century London this style of full bodied ale has star anise, black licorice and woody aromas with major notes of chocolate and coffee. Perfect for a winter cap! Try with chocolate cakes or mild cheese.
Old Brown Dog Ale is a silver medal winning brew that comes from the Northhampton Brewery. An American-Style brown ale with a rich brown color and clarity in color with lots of foam on the pour. Find character that is nutty with hints of chocolate with classic earthy spice in the hops.
An American style pale ale with a very nice smooth and caramel malt core. It pours with a lovely amber color and light fluffy foam. Lots of flavors of spice, herbal-grassy notes and a touch of mint and floral notes. This Pale Ale has a good balance between malts and hops for easy drinkability for micro brew fans.
Mississippi Blonde is an ideal U.S. Microbrew for gift giving this easy to drink golden beer has a soft pale malt aroma with hints of wheat and a taste of earthiness. A blonde ale is known as a golden ale ideal with light food pairings.
This English-Style pale ale offers nice clarity with a crop of off-white foam. Find hops with herbal-spicy character with earthy woods and a balance of easy drinkability.Good paired with English cheeses.
Heavy Seas' flagship beer pours a nice light hazy color with foam that offers nice lace. As an American IPA, look for big citrus notes with tangerine and grapefruit. Balanced nicely with caramel malt and light floral this IPA does not go bitter! Recommended with pork to carrot cake!!
Fordham creates this American amber ale that offers old style lager flavors. The hops offers German earthy and herbal tones with light toasty malt aromas. The malts are lightly robust with a nice body of toasted character, mild caramel and light nuttiness. Good balance is offered with mild and malt sweetness. Pair with cheese, roasted pork or a classic sub sandwich.
Used originally for the term served along with oysters in English pubs, "oyster stout has evolved into a great style. in the 19th century brewers crushed oyster shells as a clarifier but became a flavor for a slight-salt and mineral taste. Fordham honors this style with a deep, dark, brown colored brew with aromas of deep caramelization and lightly roast hints of chocolate, brown sugar and dark fruity tones. Pair naturally with oysters raw, grilled or fried!!