’Bout Damn Time
4 Noses Brewing
Are you a hophead? Then there's nothing out there that is going to make you happier than an American IPA, crackling with traditional bitterness and loaded with that lupulin goodness. One of the best is ’Bout Damn Time from 4 Noses Brewing, a beer that knows what's up, both in its recipe — Simcoe, Amarillo, Ekuanot and Mosaic hops — and its name. Assertive, classic, delicious and drinkable — oh, and with a real balance of power.
New Image Brewing
If you love hoppy flavors but not the bitterness, then you've probably switched over to New England-style IPAs. Coriolis Effect, one of New Image Brewing's flagships, is smooth, a little sweet, and balanced — a gentle lullaby of a beer that will remind you of warm islands with its tropical fruit notes. There's eloquence here rather than bombast, cohesion rather than division, careful planning rather than chaos.
Graham Cracker Porter
Denver Beer Co.
Honest, friendly and forgiving, Graham Cracker Porter would make a terrible politician but a great friend.
Evocative of s’mores with its chocolate malts, graham-cracker flavor and soft mouthfeel, this beer is a staple in liquor stores and grocery stores — and probably in your fridge. It never makes a promise it can't keep.
Milk Stout Nitro
Left Hand Brewing
A salve, a balm, a soft caress. Left Hand's Milk Stout Nitro is infused with nitrogen gas so that it pours like a classic English stout from the tap, with a cascade of fine bubbles and a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Pillowy soft, the beer tastes like milk chocolate, pie crust and hope for the future. Careful — it's a gulper.
Oskar Blues Brewing
Stay off of social media tonight. You'll be happier. Can't do it? Okay, fine, then promise me you won't post anything after pouring a few Ten Fidys down your gullet. The polls show that this beer comes in at 10 percent ABV, with little margin for error. Enormously roasty, but with a rounded sweetness that balances it out, this imperial stout reveals lots of nuance after the first few sips. And if things go badly, it will put you to bed.