As another year winds to a close I am astounded by the variety of beer available in the United States. So without further ado, here are some interesting examples:
Guinness Blonde American Lager From the glass lined tanks of old Latrobe comes this Guinness take on American lager, No. 1 in their Discovery Series. An expertly produced recipe employing Mosaic and Willamette hops, in combination with their brewery yeast. This is quite different than their Canadian made Harp Lager (a beer doctor favorite) but equally refreshing.
With Two Brothers Peppermint Bark Porter 2014 Is a very nice Holiday beer offering. A substantial porter infused with a touch of peppermint, but not overpowering, with excellent malt support and enough hops to give it some distance from sweetness.
On the other hand their is Brown Sugga from Lagunitas Brewing Company A thanks to Will Gordon for giving me a heads up on this one. A strong ale that hides its boozy (9.9% abv) content completely. This is indeed a true original. Which reminded of my first encounter with sugar brewing, many years ago, and that was Thos. Cooper & Sons Big Barrel a cane sugar brewed lager that came in a 25 oz steel can. But with Brown Sugga I discovered a top fermented, over the top ale, where malts, brown sugar, yeast and hops combine into a sweet profile that reminds me of the mythical little brown jug. Others have described the nose of this brew to be similar to a bag of potent ganga buds. Unique.
It is also a source of pride to discover a local world class Imperial Stout simply called INK from Rhinegeist Brewing. This expensive beer is worth checking out. A very tasty malt showcase where chocolate and to a lesser extent coffee notes abound. A 10% presentation without any alcohol burn, this is a very rich and mellow brew, with an incredible flavor depth.
When it comes to beer, life is very good.