Top 10 Favorite Beers

May 31, 2013

At last, the long-awaited favorite beers post! You probably didn’t even know it was coming, but I’ve been putting this post together in my head and on paper for months. Some of the categories needed some research, so we had to do a little taste testing before choosing favorites.

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The following beers win best of show for me in each of their respective categories. These are not my top 10 favorite beers of all time (if they were they might all be pumpkin beer!) but my favorites in a variety of styles. If I go to a bar and see one of these, I get excited!

Bourbon Barrel Stout (Two Because It’s A Favorite Style)

#1 Bluegrass Brewing Bourbon Barrel Stout – Quite popular for a craft brew, you’ll find this on a lot of menus. It’s probably my most ordered beer! It’s not a bitter + coffee stout or light and flat like Guinness. It’s very thick, smooth, vanilla and sweetness. The bourbon is actually detectable but doesn’t blast your palate with alcohol. Drinkable enough that you’ll want two!

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#2 New Holland Dragon’s Milk – When I first had this I took a sip, swallowed, and exclaimed “WOW what am I drinking!?” It’s rich and thick and sweet – high alcohol (no surprise since I love the flavor of high alcohol beers). Not super roasty, it’s more of a bourbon-brown ale. So rich that you can’t drink more than a couple.

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IPA

#3 Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ – I really love all of Lagunitas’ beers. Perhaps it’s the type of hops they use? Or the fact that many of them are malty sweet and higher alcohol? Or maybe because we visited the brewery and had a blast! I can pretty much count on ordering anything from them and liking it.

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Double IPA

#4 Dogfish 90 Double IPA – Every time I have this beer I like it a little bit more. In fact, I think I have the Dogfish 90 (and the 120) to thank for teaching me to like hops! They have really grown on me in the past few years. I don’t like IPAs that are super bitter, and this one is on the sweet end of the spectrum – almost a barleywine.

Pumpkin

#5 Schlafly Pumpkin – You’ve heard this before, but the Schlafly Pumpkin loves to steal my heart in taste tests. Read more about it and all its pumpkin friends here!

#6 Southern Tier Pumking – Pumking is just so damn good. It’s not even a pumpkin beer – it’s a toffee vanilla butterbeer. You must find it and hoard to drink it year round because it disappears from stores fast. Bonus points if you can find it on tap like I did this day!

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Local

# 7 A tie: Starr Hill Northern Lights and Blue Mountain’s Dark Hollow – Northern Lights wins because every time Matt orders this and I have a sip I ask him what it is, surprised that something so good is being served at a beer festival or local event where often mass-marketed beers are served. It’s really good for an IPA and I’m picking this for its consistency over some of the seasonal local beers that I might have liked more but disappeared with the change of the wind.

The Dark Hollow is a Bourbon Barrel Stout and Blue Mountain makes some good beer! It’s a smoother one with some light coffee and vanilla flavors coming through. This is part of their Barrel House series, which has become an entirely new brewery for them, and everything from this line is great!

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Brown Ale

#8 Moose Drool – A shout out to the moose! First off, I think the name “moose drool” is probably the most brilliant beer name EVER. Second, this brown ale is just all-around good. It’s what Matt bases many of his home-brewed brown ale’s off of, so while I don’t get to taste the real thing very often, I feel like I drink Moose Drool all the time. It’s a malty, balanced, drinkable beer. With just a hint of saliva ; )

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Scottish Strong Ale

#9 Founders Dirty Bastard – Being married to a beer aficionado, I’ve learned a lot about beer over the years. But sometimes I still have to ask him for recommendations: “What would I like on this menu?” I’ve learned that he knows my taste better than I do, and Scottish Strong Ales (along with Belgian Strong Darks) are often recommended. Dirty Bastard is great and has all of my favorite characteristics in a beer: strong, full-bodied, high alcohol, slightly sweet, caramel malt, and fruity esters.

Barleywine

#10 Stone Old Guardian – The reason this post is so long coming is because we could not choose a favorite barleywine! I frequently gravitate to barleywines on menus so I knew I wanted the category represented, but when it came down to picking one to put on the love list one didn’t stand out from the rest and I kept getting disappointed by too many hops. When we had Old Guardian at a party recently I declared it “really good” and settled on it for this category. But the hunt is sort of still on!

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What are your all-time favorite beers!?

This post was written by Kath and sponsored by MATT!! Ha!

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1 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables May 31, 2013 at 8:08 am

Yumm!!! I’m not a big beer person but I definitely want to try the pumpkin ones! I just sent this list to my boyfriend ;)

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2 Amy May 31, 2013 at 8:10 am

YES! Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ is my favorite! The first time I had it I thought “Wow, this is what a fantastic beer tastes like”. I also had the chance to drink it at the source when visiting my best friend in Petaluma :)

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3 Tara May 31, 2013 at 8:34 am

I haven’t tried any of these! Although I’m only 1/2 Chinese, I (luckily, not) received the ‘Asian glow’ genes from my mom. It’s hard to drink out of the house whenever I want, I have to be choosy and decide if we’re going to do anything after that warrants a red face. Yikes!

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4 Amy May 31, 2013 at 8:45 am

As a Texan, my favorite beers are Shiner Bock and anything by St. Arnold.

They are local brewers and it’s so cool to be watching a movie and see characters drinking a Shiner!

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5 Shana June 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Love me some Shiner!

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6 Katy Widrick May 31, 2013 at 8:53 am

LOVE this (and I’m pinning it for future reference). My husband works for Cigar City Brewing, based in Tampa, so I’m certainly biased…but I really do love those beers (and so does everyone we introduce them to). And I also love his pumpkin spice homebrew.

Fun fact: my husband is a Cicerone, so I have a live-in beer expert.

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7 Maureen May 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

I LOVE this post since I am a huge beer person myself! My favorite beer {so far} is a Chocolate Coffee Porter made my a local brewing company, Dustbowl Brewing. It’s so flavorful and packs a punch! :)

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8 Katie May 31, 2013 at 9:04 am

Love this!!!! I’ve seen a few Southern Tier beers on your blog – it is brewed in my hometown in Western NY. Pumking is THE BEST!

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9 Randy May 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

My fave beers/ales are Canadian though I am an Oregonian. Moosehead and Molson are my two Canadians. I like Stella Atois and Grolsch (not sure of spelling, I think these two are from Belgium). I also like Steinlager which I think is New Zealand.

I don’t know why but I prefer Canadian whiskey too and my fave is Crown Royal.

My wife is more the beer/ale connoisseur and her favorites are the Oregon IPA’s and most micro-brewed.

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10 Stacy @ Every Little Thing May 31, 2013 at 9:06 am

Great choices in that list. I love IPA’s (the hoppier the better) and your Lagunitas choice is spot-on. And everything Schlafly makes is delicious (I’m from St. Louis and visit the brewery often) but I’m very excited that they are doing more IPA’s now! One of my favorite beers of all time is Bell’s Two Hearted, which is just the perfect drinking beer. Other favorite IPA’s include Bell’s Hopslam (when it’s available), and Southern Tier’s Gemini.

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11 Amy May 31, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I second the Two Hearted- YUM!

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12 Mary May 31, 2013 at 9:10 am

I like the darker/roasty ones too! Left Hand Milk Stout is my favorite, but I’ll take an Oskar Blues Old Chub, an Ayinger Celebrator, or a Deschutes Black Butte Porter any time.

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13 Vanessa May 31, 2013 at 9:11 am

Tough call! I am also a HUGE lover of Pumpking, and I always love Lagunitas IPA. My all time favorite would have to be Chimay Grand Reserve, yum.

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14 Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 31, 2013 at 9:20 am

Bourbon barrel stout is quite delicious. I think that would be on the top of my list along with Great Lakes Stout. For an ale I like Magic Hat too. So many good beers out there that I can’t just choose one!!

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15 Jenn May 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

Pumking is my favorite too! I describe it as “liquid carrot cake.” Yum!

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16 Stephanie C May 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

It seems like you chose all American beers? I would be curious to know about the international beers you two like! I’m into mostly just Trappist beers – rocheforts.

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17 KathEats May 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

Belgians are my fav!

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18 Candice May 31, 2013 at 9:34 am

Heady Topper (Double IPA) brewed by the Alchemist Brewery, from Waterbury, VT

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19 Lauren June 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

YES YES YES to Heady Topper. I live in RI and we have friends that go up and get it for us sometimes. So hard to get though!

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20 Tara May 31, 2013 at 9:45 am

I’m so excited…I’ve wanted to try that Pumking beer since I saw you mention it before in a post, but for some reason I thought it wasn’t available in our area. I see per their website it is, so I’ve put my order in to the hubby for when it’s released this fall. Can’t wait to try it!

Some of our favorites are Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout, Trippel Ale with Coriander, and pretty much anything that comes out of our two favorite semi-local breweries: New Glarus and Surly (especially Surly Darkness if we can get our hands on it)!

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21 DC June 2, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for mention Buffalo Sweat from Tallgrass Brewing, my husband works there, their seasonal Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat is my favorite! I’m biased ;). Unfortunately Tallgrass is still small, and Is mostly sold in Midwestern states right now.
I love your list! Great topic!
I noticed your picture is all bottles. I think moose drool comes in cans. I just wanted to give a shout out to cans, better for the beer and the environment. You can read The Canifesto from Tallgrass Brewery here: http://www.tallgrassbeer.com/about/canifesto.

My first response, but loving your blog for much longer.

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22 KathEats June 2, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Vanilla bean sounds incredible!

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23 Anne May 31, 2013 at 9:48 am

FUN post! You should do a similar one with your favorite wines!!

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24 Alex May 31, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Such a great idea! And how about a favorite cocktail list too (w/recipes included)!!

Summer is margarita time in my book, I am sooooo hoping you will post the recipe for the much talked about spice-rita!

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25 Tonya May 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

AWW YEAH! I haven’t even read the post yet. This is simply my response to the post title. Um, this girl is obviously ready for the weekend! :-)

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26 Caroline May 31, 2013 at 9:59 am

I love this list! I’m always looking for new beers to try, I’m going to save this for future reference. Thanks for sharing!

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27 Betsy @ A Dancer In The Kitchen May 31, 2013 at 10:03 am

Hmmm, so many favorite beers! I really want to try the Bluegrass Bourbon Stout….sounds great. I’m living in CA now and the selection of craft beer is amazing. Have you or Matt tried any NINKASI beer?? It’s a brewery in Eugene, OR. They make a crazy Tricerahops Double IPA and their Oatis, Oatmeal Stout is one of my favorites!

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28 Sarah Flamion May 31, 2013 at 11:19 am

Great list!. A few others you might try that are on my favorite’s list:
Bell’s Two-Hearted Ale
Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre
Widmer Brothers Pitch Black IPA

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29 emily:2:design:cents May 31, 2013 at 11:32 am

Ahhh you have good taste in beer! Love that you included Founder’s Dirty Bastard…My favorites are Green Flash IPA and Six Point Sweet Action.

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30 Angelica May 31, 2013 at 11:40 am

I’m gonna go with Pacifico, Shiner, and Asahi, mostly because they’re all reminiscent of places I’ve lived (AZ, TX, and Japan, respectively). I’d LOVE to try Pumking and pretend I’m drinking in Hogsmeade. ;-)

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31 Alyssa May 31, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Okay Kath, I’m a bit disappointed to not see a single Hefeweizen on your post. Hefe’s are the ideal summer beer refresher, so there has to be at least one that makes your list. Do you have one or are you strictly a high alochol, IPA, brown ale type girl?

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32 KathEats May 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm

For true German hefes I like Schneider but I prefer American wheat beers like Bell’s Oberon

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33 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food May 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I live about 30 minutes from Lagunitas and haven’t gone yet! I need to make a stop there very very soon :)

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34 Steph M. May 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This is a really fun post! And I agree with another commenter. I’d love to see a post like this with your favorite wines! :) Have a lovely weekend with your fam!

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35 Mari May 31, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Any Kona Brewing Co beer–love them!

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36 Elle June 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Love Kona!!

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37 coffeediva May 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Wow! This sounds like a great list of unique and interesting beers! I’m not much of a beer drinker but my son LOVES to try different ones so I am going to recommend he read this post. I think he’ll find it pretty awesome. Thank you for all the work you put into it. Have a great weekend :-)

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38 Brittany May 31, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Loved the cheesemaking post- and love beer! Any chance of Matt doing a homebrew post?

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39 Amy May 31, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I second that request!

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40 Hillary May 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I live in West Michigan. Hooray for Founders and New Holland! Cheers :)

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41 Katie D. May 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I live in Northern Michigan and was happy too :)

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42 Ruth May 31, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I love your list these are some of my favorites:
Hopslam – Bells
Pliny the Elder – Russian River
Noyeaux – Cascade
Salvation – Avery

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43 Shel@PeachyPalate May 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm

That’s an extensive list! I’m a cider girl really, can’t take the wheat in beer! Are you a Guinneas fan? Has to be from a draft pump and drunk in Ireland :)

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44 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body May 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm

That’s it! I’m gonna have to have a beer… at noon.

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45 Maria Tadic May 31, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Star Hill is so good! We love their beer and their brewery! Such a fun trip – you’re lucky you’re close to them.

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46 Karen May 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I’m gonna have to try Lagunitas, everyone raves about it!!

If you like high alcohol beer, have you tried Delirium? Awesome beer!!!! Definitely my favorite light colored beer from a brewery. 8.5 – 10% alcohol. http://www.deliriumbeer.com/

I like Sea Dog Blueberry (draft, when they put the frozen blueberries at the bottom), Shock Top Raspberry Wheat, and Abita Purple Haze in no particular order for my “fruity” beers.

And, boring as it is, Blue Moon with an orange on draft is still my go-to beer at a bar/restaurant.

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47 Katie @ Live Half Full May 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm

So many great beers on this list! I love Pumpking and search for it yearly.

My #1 is Castell Rogue. SO AMAZING!!!

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48 tracey May 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

This made me really want a cold one….I have 17 days will my due date. soon soon. lol :)

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49 tracey May 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Until !! NOT WILL….. lol

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50 Amy May 31, 2013 at 4:34 pm

LOVE THIS POST! I am married to a beer nerd too and I love it!

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51 Jenn May 31, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Pliny!! :) The cult favorite that is so hard to find! Try anything from Firestone Walker, that is our local craft brew and they do an exceptional job on everything. They also just opened a “Barrel Works” bar at the original brew house in Buellton, which is all the barrel aged blending beers for the anniversary ales that have been aging for years. Super interesting stuff! Even some “wild beers” to try! Speaking of FW, tomorrow is the second annual Firestone Walker International Beer Fest, if you and Matt ever need an excuse to visit the Central Cali Coast make sure to do so during FWIBF!! Does.not.disappoint. In fact, the tickets sold out in 2 hours!!

Cheers!

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52 Kristen @ The Concrete Runner May 31, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Schlafly is one of my all time favorite pumpkin beers! Although O’Fallon Pumpkin takes the cake for me. My all time favorite is Southern Tier Creme Brulee. It’s seriously amazing! Slightly sweet with that burnt sugar finish. High alcohol too so I know you’d love it. And when are you going to come to STL so I can take you on a Schlafly tour?! ;)

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53 KathEats May 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I can’t find the Creme Brulee and it’s killing me!

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54 Kristen @ the concrete runner May 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm

We found it at a liquor store in Branson. None in St. Louis have it.

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55 Danielle June 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

YESSSSSS to O’Fallon’s Pumpkin beer!!!! I moved away quite a while ago and every Fall I want to go back to St. Louis just for their pumpkin beer. I’ve yet to find another pumpkin beer that I like as much, and I’ve moved around all across the country since so I feel like I’ve done some extensive research :)

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56 Sydney @ Trust the Skinny Cook May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Ahhhhh yes! Bourbon Barrel for the win! I live in Lexington, KY so it’s a local favorite around here. I’m glad to see someone from outside of Kentucky has an appreciation for it :)

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57 jenna k May 31, 2013 at 5:49 pm

i don’t drink beer super often, but i do like it. until recently, i hadn’t tried anything darker bc i assumed i wouldn’t like it. my first brown ale was so heavenly! my favorite so far is a brown ale by my local brewing company (saw works in knoxville), and i always like fruit beers.

i really want to try moose drool, as well as pumking and a bourbon barrel stout, since i’ve seen you talk so much about them.

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58 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes May 31, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I love this list! I’m not a big fan of really hop-y beers, so I typically avoid any IPAs. However, I’ll have to try the Dogfish 90 Double IPA based on your suggestion. :-) Love, love, love Pumking!!

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59 Molly @ RDexposed May 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm

No Belgian quads?! Chimay blue, Rochfort 10? Monks are silently crying.
Good idea for this post though. Cheers!

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60 Stephanie C May 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I agree :) Although a lot of these sounded similar to the way Belgians taste to me… But as she said above, she does like Belgians! I say we need an International beer fave list ;-)

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61 lorie May 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Kath-

My husband and I are big into beer and one of our favorite barleywines is Sucaba by Firestone walker (CA brewery..dont know if you get that down there,and only available once or twice a year). It’s bourbon-barrel aged and has a bit of heat (alcohol “burn”) to it,and it is amazing!!

Other winners ..central waters bourbon barrel barleywine, sierra Nevada Bigfoot, victory old horizontal, and samaels by Avery are a few other barley wine favorites.

I agree that 90 minute is a great DIPA!! Firestone walker also makes an awesome one called double jack,and if you ever make it up to Vermont…don’t miss out on The Alchemist’s “Heady Topper”!!!!

One more.. Ocsar Blues gas recently opened their brewery in NC somewhere….Dale’s Pale Ale, Ten Fidy are two of my favorites!

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62 KathEats May 31, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Liked the Big Foot a lot! Drinking Dales at the beach (love Old Chub) and will try your others :-)

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63 Mary May 31, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Interesting list! May I suggest Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale? It’s a very refreshing, floral, sweet but substantial blonde.

Have you given any thought to reviewing ciders (assuming you drink them)? I’m a craft beer lover recently diagnosed with celiac, and I always thought that I hated ciders, or at least that they took distant second place to “real beer.” But some are quite good! I was feeling sorry for myself at a bar one day, but they turned out to have an extraordinary bourbon-barrel aged cider on tap. Angry Orchard, Ace and Fox Barrel are standouts (and I just learned that Ace makes a pumpkin cider!! Schlafly had been my go-to).

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64 KathEats May 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I’ve had some really good ciders this year

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65 Errign June 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Magners and Strongbow are much less apple tasting & more like wine/champagne – so good! I personally was so excited to find the Ace pumpkin and it was so not good, I thought!

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66 Ally May 31, 2013 at 7:10 pm

OMG you guys are soooo cool to drink such neat beers!!! I’ve never tried anything this exotic, though I would love to!!!

I have you to thank for how much I’ve learned about oatmeal and kale–now I can branch out into beer, LOL! Thanks soooo much for this–I’m going to print it out and take it out with me and the BF this weekend, since you’ve totally given me the courage to try something new. :):) You rock!!!

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67 Erika May 31, 2013 at 7:34 pm

Angry Orchard crisp apple and elderflower, any watermelon and raspberry beer.

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68 jenna k June 1, 2013 at 4:30 pm

i’ve never seen watermelon beer! i adore fruit beers and watermelon, so that sounds delicious!

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69 Jessica May 31, 2013 at 8:39 pm

This may be a local thing but have you heard of Not Your Father’s Root Beer Beer?! Its stronger than a typical beer but you can barely taste the alochol in it! It tastes EXACTLY like Root Beer!!! Best beer ever!!!!

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70 Kelly May 31, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Love this list! I had a cherry beer once in Belgium and it tasted like Nectar, I have yet to find it anywhere else, so if you or anyone else knows where they serve it, please let me know!

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71 Katie B. May 31, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Love your list Kath! Hailing from the Midwest, I would argue nothing beats a Leinenkugel’s SummerShandy on a hot summer day. For the remainder of the seasons, I rely on New Belgium Snow Day, Surly Furious (Minnesota pride!) and Three Floyds Zombie Dust. Hoppy = Happy :)

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72 Amanda M June 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

I love Lagunitas! I was lucky enough to live in Petaluma for a time (BEST time of my life for wine and beer. I hope we go back!)

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73 Evelyn June 1, 2013 at 7:15 am

Shocked that you didn’t include an OATMEAL stout ;)

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74 Lauren June 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

If you like Lagunitas, you should try some San Diego craft brews. I’m from So Cal, so I’m biased towards the southern crafts, but they’re actually quite similar and equally as amazing. Ballast Point’s Sculpin is absolutely FAN-tastitc. Strong, hoppy, grapefruit undertones. Green Flash Hop Head Red is also a favorite. And they give a great beer tour, if you’re ever in town. Great post Kath!

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75 Peter June 1, 2013 at 7:29 am

I just love beer. I went to a beer tasting the other night and found it very informative. the last beer was to be consumed with coffee and the taste of that was truly amazing

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76 Bianca June 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

Did you ever try german beer? If you like beer you HAVE to try – very tasty… or like… the best :P

Greetings from Germany, Bianca

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77 SS June 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Awesome post! Moose drool is a good choice:)

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78 ds June 1, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Hi Kath! I’m planning to make your low country boil this week. How many ounces were in the package of kielbasa you bought? Thanks so much!

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79 KathEats June 2, 2013 at 6:21 am

Maybe a pound or pound and a half. We had 8 pounds for 50 people

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80 Nancy June 1, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Great post, and thank you for being one of the gals who appreciate a good beer. My husband looks strange at me sometimes when I open a lager :) but hey, at least he opens one too!
I tasted some Belgian beers before, strawberry, whtever. Never did the trick for me. I guess I’m just old fashioned.

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81 Andrea June 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I love Pumking!!! Definitely my #1 pumpkin beer. I have been on a Dogfish Aprihop kick lately but Alaska Amber is my all-time favorite.

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82 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen June 1, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I’m obsessed with the #5 beer you listed .. I will have to try #6 too .. sounds delicious! Doesn’t have to be fall .. I can drink pumpkin beer all year round :)

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83 RunnrJo June 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

I was at Bluegrass Brewing in Louisville last weekend – the bourbon barrel stout is amazing! But my all time favorite is sweet baby jesus by DuClaw – a chocolate peanut butter stout.

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84 Alyssa June 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I miss beer! The best GF beer I’ve had is Bards Tale GF beer :-)

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85 Shana June 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I could never pick a favorite because it changes seasonally! Porters and stouts sound awful right now but light and fruity ales that were repulsive a month or two ago are filling up my fridge! But I did recently have an Old Dominion espresso stout called Morning Glory (in the morning after a 5k) that absolutely “wow”ed my palette. Breakfast beer needs to become a new trend. Bloody Mary’s are so 1996.

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86 Ren June 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I love to drink beer, but I don’t think I’ve heard of pumpkin beer. Maybe I drank it before, but just didn’t know.

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87 Sam Peri June 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm

This is a great collection. My husband and I are occasional beer drinkers. After reading this post, I would like to try every beer in this list then I will make a blog about it. :-D

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88 Jenna Newberry June 2, 2013 at 10:03 am

Great List! Agree on Dogfish 90 and 120! We were at Dogfishs brewpub two years ago and enjoyed a 120 with Sam! Such a kind and cute guy! Sneaky Pete Imperial IPA by Laughing Dog Brewery is one of my faves, although, it is a bit bitter instead of floral. Hopslam is always great, but Hoptimum is a tasty and easier to find! Southend in Charlotte, NC now has Triple C…very cool place and dog and kid friendly too. Love their Babymaker IPA and seasonal Up All NIght stout. Thanks to our kind neighbor and my awesome Mom we have been able to enjoy an abundance of Three Floyds from IN. I enjoy a wheat beer mostly during summer, their Gumball Head is awesome! For a pale ale, their Zombie Dust is perfect! We are sitting on a few Dark Lords to enjoy in a few years. As far as Southern Tier, that Crème Brulee rocks! We try to keep an extra one when its not in season to enjoy when the craving hits. Oh yeah, cannot forget Olde Hickory in Hickory, NC! Try their Event Horizon, Redeemer, or Death by Hops whenever ya find them. Sorry for the novel, but hope ya’ll can enjoy some new beers. Thanks for sharing your faves!

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89 Beth June 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Great list! I am a huge fan of darker beers, and my current favorite is Dogfish Head’s Raison D’Etre, a mahogany ale. However, if I want a beer that I can drink anytime, anywhere, nothing beats a Yuengling.

Goose Island (based in Chicago) makes a really delicious Bourbon County Stout that you should try if you can find it!

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90 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) June 2, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I’m happy to see a Lagunitas beer on here! Though I’m surprised you picked Little Sumpin Sumpin.

I’d say my favorite beer is Stone IPA.

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91 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 3, 2013 at 4:25 am

The Pumking sounds delicious—wish I could find it in Wisco! I try to drink a lot of local beers, such as Central Waters Ouisconsing Red Ale and Point 2012, but I love Dirty Bastard as well. Great post!

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92 Caroline June 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

I loved reading this post – especially the pumpkin category. I’m already googling where to find the Pumking in Charlotte! Have you ever rimmed your pumpkin beer glass in cinnamon and sugar? We discovered it in a Boston pub and have never looked back!

I’m newer to beer fandom, but have definitely found my favorites too. In fact, my husband and I just finished our own post of favorites!
http://happilywedhappilyfed.com/2013/05/30/top-local-regional-hops/

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93 Jen Papaya June 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

You need to try Brooklyn Brewery’s Post Road Pumpkin Ale!!

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94 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Choosing a favorite is REALLY hard. I’ve become partial to IPAs over the last year or two, and ever since I moved to Colorado I feel like drinking good beer is just a way of life!
I am a big fan of the local beers around here and Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Upslope Brewery’s IPA are two favorites. I also LOVE pretty much anything from Avery – which is hard to find in stores, but I know that a restaurant that I went to in C’ville last year had it on tap!

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95 Melissa June 3, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The one beer that has really stuck with me is Uinta Crooked Line Labyrinth Black Ale. Based on your first two beers, I would highly recommend you give it a try!

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96 Charise June 4, 2013 at 7:10 am

Since you like the Dragon’s Milk and Pumking (love!!), if you haven’t had the Souther Tier 2X Chokolat yet, do it! It’s like liquid dessert!

I am definitely into rich, malty, but balanced when it comes to my favorite beers, although I like all different styles, especially in the summer, when more citrus-y and wheat-y beers get consumed. Buuuut I would say for favorite, I am a big fan of Oskar Blue’s Old Chub and Three Floyd’s Robert the Bruce, both Scotch ales.

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97 Melissa June 4, 2013 at 7:55 am

I LOVE Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’! We just got back from California and visited Russian River Brewing and Anchor Brewery, and drove right by Petaluma! It wasn’t until the day before we left that I realized we should’ve planned a trip to Lagunits, but alas we couldn’t fit it in. There’s so much more wine in Sonoma for me to drink that I’ll absolutely have to plan a 2nd trip, and Lagunitas will absolutely be on the agenda.

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98 Ash Bear June 4, 2013 at 10:07 am

This is such a fun post! I just sent it to Bo for our future reference! :) I can’t wait to discover more European beers!

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99 Sara June 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

HI Kath first off I came across your blog recently and love it and Oh my…I love this post!… See I know what beer I like, but I have no idea how to order beer. My favorite brewery has to be Sam Adams (I am from Boston)! There Summer Ale and October fest are my favorite seasonal beers, and Boston Lager is good all year around to my taste buds. I have recently found out though that Sam Adams is not as popular with everyone else . I went to lunch with a blogger who is moving to Boston from KC and her boyfriend had never had summer ale?! I was like WHAT!? Crazy to me! You ever try any of the North East Beers like Harpoon, Wachusett, or Sam Adams? Do any of the beers above remind you of any of those?

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100 Molly June 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

I love the Schlafly Pumpkin beer and drink it until my next seasonal favorite, Boulevard’s Nutcracker, comes out.

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101 Juli D. June 5, 2013 at 8:06 am

If you love Bluegrass Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout, have you tried Founder’s KBS? I know it can be incredibly difficult to get your hands on a bottle (even here in Grand Rapids!) but I’m guessing you would love it.

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102 S.P. Gass June 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

No lager category? Starr Hill’s Jomo Lager is pretty good. Also for local/regional, we had an Evo IPA beer (out of Salisbury, MD) recently at a restaurant and was really impressed.

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103 Aimee June 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm

These 3 are my favs and just happen to be local:
Three Floyds Gumballhead
Bell’s Oberon
Upland Wheat

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104 Melissa June 6, 2014 at 8:12 am

Yum! I love beer! And have recently heard that it isn’t “REAL” food unless it is a microbrew/craft beer. Is this true? We often buy the cheap stuff which I’m hearing is super refined, etc.

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