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If you’re in the United States, you may have noticed a new Icelandic beer appearing on bottle store shelves. Einstök Ölgerð (“unique brewery” in Icelandic) offers several beers that, while are based on standard styles, are truly unique. Einstök Arctic Pale Ale is a superb example of how a style many of us have tried numerous versions of can honor tradition while still standing out.
Off the Rails Brewing is situated on historic Murphy Avenue, right by the Caltrain rail station, in Sunnyvale, California, a larger ‘burb in the South Bay area between San Francisco and San Jose. For the longest time, they were draft-only, but all that changed a few weeks ago when they began canning a few of their brews, including Yolo, their signature “fruity” IPA.
In Atlanta’s trendy Upper West Side neighborhood, there are eight craft breweries within a square mile. With that level of market saturation, it can be difficult to stand out. Round Trip Brewing has been carving out a place for itself by offering a wide variety of exceptional craft brews. At a time when many craft breweries are just offering 10 variations of IPAs in their taprooms, Round Trip has made sure that they have something for everyone.
A pizza camper food truck has been bringing delicious pizzas to local Denver breweries, including Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery. Ashley and Ryan have been slinging pizzas out of their cute camper for just over a year now, with weekly staples and rotating pies, satisfying tastebuds all around the city. In honor of their first anniversary, they teamed up with Alyssa, head brewer at Jagged Mountain Brewing, to brew up a deliciously unique beer, Pizza Crust Pale Ale.
If you ask Little Machine Beer’s co-owner and brewer, Brett Williams his idea of a perfect beer, he will tell you about his recent release, Big Money Pale Ale. Named after the cost put into sourcing “the Rolls Royce of malt,” according to Simpsons Malt, UK native Maris Otter. Additionally, flaked oats, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic hops combine to create a low abv Pale Ale with big hop flavor. Sitting at 5.6%, with balanced bitterness and a dry, aromatic finish, this beer is ideal for the conclusion of summer.
Poised between Asheville, NC’s booming beer scene and Greenville, SC’s up-and-coming arena lies a somewhat hidden gem of a beer from a brewery on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains: Honey Bunny by Swamp Rabbit Brewery. And it’s a beer worth traveling for.
An hour west of Austin sits the quaint historic town of Johnson City, TX. It’s the home of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th American President. It’s named for his grandfather, Samuel Ealy Johnson, Sr. And the Blanco County seat is now best known as a cosy, picturesque stop on the Texas Wine Trail.
However, between the dual impacts of the pandemic and sky-rocketing house prices in the greater Austin area, Johnson City is taking on a new identity. It’s the hip Hill Country outpost, with three craft breweries and new concept watering hole Nice N Easy, home of locally produced Lightsome Wines and Yokefellow Beer.
In just three short years, Alma Mader Brewing has gone from making a splash in the Kansas City Craft Beer scene, to generating gigantic waves in the national Beer scene. Each week high quality Lagers, IPAs and Stouts flow through their tap lines. Now with the release of Rainchaser, Alma Mader Brewing can add Barrel-Aged Barleywine to their list of exceptional styles.
Vacations are ending, and school is starting back. That can only mean one thing: summer is ending and 2022 isn’t slowing down at all. That’s alright, though, because the last quarter of the year means good weather, football and big beers. Most of the time anyway. Before we get ahead of ourselves and send summer sailing, let’s all raise a glass one more time for the staff favorite beers of August.
Not every brewery has the bravado to put out a beer with the sheer coffee firepower contained in a bottle of Crushing Mass. 3 Floyds Brewing in Munster, IN is certainly not like every brewery. Crushing Mass is the latest example of 3 Floyds Brewing living up to their moniker of “It’s Not Normal” while still putting out a dazzling Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout.
Picture this: You’re at the beach, kicked back in your chair while soaking up the sun and enjoying the sound of the crashing waves. There’s a slight breeze blowing through, and you can hear the distant sound of sea gulls somewhere down the beach. The only thing missing is a cold craft beer to fit in your hand. While there are many beers that can work in this situation, we have the perfect suggestion for you!
Cold IPA is one of the coolest styles of the summer, and Sierra Nevada Cold Torpedo Cold IPA is looking to legitimize the IPA varietal with national distribution in a mixed sampler pack. Building on the tradition of Torpedo Extra IPA, Cold Torpedo is a new interpretation of the storied West Coast IPA.
After earning a Bronze medal at this year’s World Beer Cup, Atari’s Lantern, a Jasmine Rice Lager, is back on tap at Denver’s The Empourium Brewing Co. First released in January 2022, The name Atari’s Lantern is a reference to Wes Anderson’s film, Isle Of Dogs. The name also serves as a nod to the taproom’s dog-friendly environment.
Seedstock Brewery Imperial Saison introduces a shot of Belgium into what has traditionally been an eastern-European-focused taplist. Under its original owners, the Denver brewery was a bastion of German and Czech-style beers. However when the McIlvenna family took ownership in late 2021 they began to put their own mark on Seedstock.
When is a Pastry Stout not a Pastry Stout? At what point does a barrel-aged 11.2% beer become refreshing to drink? These were questions I pondered while drinking Wild Blue Yonder Cellar Reserve – Tropical Storm, a rum barrel aged Imperial Stout with bananas, toasted coconut and macadamia nut. Expectations were exceeded and stereotypes were broken with this unique concoction brewed in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Asheville, North Carolina’s Green Man Brewery has been brewing award-winning ales since 1997. Green Man ESB (Extra Special Bitter), developed by former Head Brewer Jon Stuart, is one of the brewery’s flagships and is the oldest recipe brewed at Green Man today.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is becoming a popular destination for craft beer lovers. Few visitors, however, realize that a mere 30 minutes north of the city exists a brewery (and a beer) you don’t want to miss. Stick City Brewing Company in Mars, Pennsylvania, has been creating high-quality liquid since it opened in April 2018. One shining example is its Arctos 12° Pilsner.
Super Rainbow Sure Bet from Pipeworks Brewing Company in Chicago isn’t subtle with its can design or willingness to use lots of ingredients. The beer itself, however, will surprise you. It’s a delicate but nuanced tropical Imperial IPA that is more like being kissed by a unicorn than kicked by one.
Wibby Brewing is a craft lager brewery located in Longmont, Colorado. Their taproom has an impressive amount of outdoor seating and an overall relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. But most importantly, they have some amazing beers.