Good beer isn’t all that hard to come by these days, especially if you know where to look. New beer can sometimes be a bit harder to track down if you feel like you’ve tried everything or start to get a little picky. It also sort of depends on your geographical location and how available today’s most popular craft breweries are to you. Where I am, the premiere brewers are scattered and few distribute here and the nearest drive to get beers from some of my favorites is anywhere from two three hours.
I love me some great beer and I’m willing to try almost anything and the following list I think conveys that. I have no idea when I’m going to get around to trying these, but I’m fairly confident that some way, somehow they will find themselves in my hands at some point and I highly anticipate being able to talk about every last one of them right here in the hopefully near future.
Dogfish Head Brewing Company 90 Minute IPA – I have developed quite the obsession with IPA’s over the last few months after being really turned off by them when I first started getting into craft beer. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the output of Dogfish Head and I could have put any one or two or three of their beers on this list, but I’m sticking with the IPA. The hoppier the better has been my motto as of late and as a double IPA I think it’s the perfect way to start off the list.
Odell Brewing Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout – Of all the beers on this list, this may be the easiest for me to get my hands on- in fact I just saw it at the store recently. Stouts aren’t really my bag, but I’m a work in progress still so I’m trying to keep an open mind. I’m a fan of Odell’s work so I can’t imagine that I’m going to be dumping this one down the sink once I finally get a change to taste it.
Boulevard Brewing Company Chocolate Ale – When I was old enough to head out to the store and buy my own beer my eyes always drifted to the Bud Light, since it was pretty much all I ever saw people drink. The first time I ventured outside that “comfort” zone the first beer I had was a Boulevard Wheat, something I immediately clung to since it was so different from what I’d grown to expect as normal. Fast forward and my horizons are so extended that I’m willing to give almost anything a go- including beer touted as tasting like chocolate. I stumbled across this after it disappeared at a local bottle shop and now I’m desperate to give it a go since o rarely see a chocolate beer that doesn’t have the color and consistency of a stout. Hoping I can track it down very soon and report back.
Stone Brewing Company Arrogant Bastard Ale – I can’t help but be intrigued to try something that as described on their website “is not good and you won’t like.” I think I’m paraphrasing a bit, but regardless it does catch my attention. With a name like Arrogant Bastard you would likely drift toward them marketing it as the best thing since sliced bread, but to go the opposite direction just makes me laugh and draws me towards it more.
3 Floyds Brewing Company Dark Lord – The white whale if sorts is 3 Floyds Dark Lord- sold once a year and exclusively at an event known as Dark Lord’s Day. Needless to say I’ve due to the beer’s inclusion on this list; I’ve never been to Dark Lord’s Day. One day I may be able to master the art of organization in order to adequately sync these events into my schedule and vacation time, but due to my procrastination affliction and my terrible planning skills I’m not sure when me and Dark Lord are ever going to acquaint ourselves with one another.
3 Floyds Brewing Company Zombie Dust – Easier to hunt down yet still out of my grasp is another beer from 3 Floyds, Zombie Dust. Having read nothing but good things about this tasty looking treat I cannot help but fantasize about the first sip from the bottle- and not to weird anyone out, but the sip I’m fantasizing about is nothing short of orgasmic. Maybe that’s setting my expectations too high and putting one’s faith in the hands of others is never entirely wise, but rave opinions abound have me biting at the bit to get my hands on a few of these babies.
Southern Tier Brewing Company
Chokolat – The vast majority of my favorite beers to try or happen to be my all time favorites, as is Southern Tier’s Pumking, are seasonal. Chokolat is a winter seasonal which aside from not being distributed in my neck of the woods creates more complex issues as to it only being available a certain time of year. Regardless, this is one I definitely intend on hunting down in the brisk winter months at some point to put in my mug in place of the traditional hot cocoa.
Cigar City Brewing Good Gourd Pumpkin Ale – Over the past few years I have really developed a taste for pumpkin beers. This is odd for me in a specific way- pumpkin, specifically the smell, makes me gag. My wife and I constantly discuss the weird fact that as picky of an eater I am and how sensitive to certain smells I am I can drink just about any beer put on front of me no matter how bizarre it may be. I’ve read plenty of good things about Cigar City’s releases and I’m pretty excited to give this a shot sometime.
Rogue Ales Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Ale – Okay, let me first start out by saying this is on here simply for the fact that sometimes the odder sounding the beer, the more intrigued I am to give it a shot. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Rogue’s previous Voodoo Doughnut collaboration, Bacon Maple Ale, but I have a thing for beers infused with Bananas so the allure of this one is irresistible to me.
Bells Brewing Company Cherry Stout – As previously stated I tend to enjoy beers infused with just about anything within reason and I always get pretty intrigued to try any beer infused with fruit. Love them or hate them I can’t deny that the taste certain fruits give their beer can be subtle or too dominant and effect the overall enjoyment one has in the beer and I enjoy how polarizing the mashups can be. Fruit mixed in with a stout is a combo that intrigues me especially since I have yet to develop a strong love for stouts.