wish list: BEER, a guide to flavorful brews perfect for chilly weather

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Fall is upon us. For many women, it means turning in the flip-flops for boots. For me, it’s looking forward to awesome beer selections at my local liquor store and favorite establishments.

It wasn’t all that long ago that I was spending much of my day, everyday, thinking about or drinking beer. It was a hobby of mine and a job. I learned to brew it in my late teens and early twenties. Then I learned to enjoy it in my mid-twenties, and I started to really love it. I have traveled far and wide to taste some good stuff, hundreds of breweries. Literally. Some of the first “dates” that Jay and I had were hanging out in my apartment trying table bottles together, describing what we tasted. Since I had a baby, I certainly drink less often. But it still has a special place in my stomach.

Here is a list of the beers to keep your eyes open for this fall. If you are lucky enough to have a liquor store that goes above and beyond for their customers, give them a shout. See if these are on their shelves. If not, see if they can get it for you!

Revolution Beer Company Oktoberfest: Chicago, Il. ABV: 5.7

Oktoberfest beers are a staple around this time. BEWARE, there is a lot of crap out there. It seems to me that if you slap the name “Oktoberfest” you are going to be able to sell whatever swill garbage you couldn’t dream of selling otherwise. If you are going to get an American brewed Oktoberfest, try Revolution Brewing Company’s. It pours in an amber-red, is medium bodied, and has a slightly nutty flavor. Would go awesome with some burgers on the grill. beerSixpoint Brewery- Resin, American Double IPA: Brooklyn, NY. ABV:9.1

This sweet and somewhat piney IPA is dangerously good. When you pop open a can and pour it into a glass, it has a honey looking color. I know a lot of people who think about beer in “light” and “dark.” This thinking would leave you hammered on a stoop if you attempted to drink a couple of these. It is deceptive and absolute heaven. If you like Bell’s 2 Hearted, or Spotted Cow, or Southern Tier 2IPA or like.. beer…. get this NOW.

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Company- Wulver, Scotch Ale: Akron, Oh. ABV 12.0

It may seem like all the beers I really like are the kinds that have really high alcohol. And you wouldn’t be wrong. This one is really exceptional. I don’t think I have ever met someone who thought “Yeah, wish I hadn’t tried that delicious beer.” Whenever I can get my hands on this, I do and I pour it over vanilla ice cream. It is SO good. Really filling. AND SO GOOD.beer

 

Anchor Brewing Company Anchor Steam, California Common: San Francisco, CA. ABV 4.9

Now I can’t tell you if the reason this beer gets me salivating in fall is because it has been my go-to at my neighborhood pub during baseball play-offs for the last five years or if it’s because it’s the perfect balance between summer and fall in flavor and body. But I really recommend it. It has a light body and a really good white foam head. I literally have a hankering for it and sweet potato fries, and my husband is like “Yep, we gotta go to Oscar’s.” Get it, whenever you see it on tap, especially. GET IT!

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Southern Tier Brewing Company Creme Brulee Stout, Imperial Milk Stout: Lakewood, NY. ABV 10.0

So I should say that I am not crazy about stouts. I like them, but I’m not like… one of those people.  Those people and I do have one thing in common though, love for this beer, especially on drought.  It is dessert in a glass. It is dinner in a glass. It is like. LOVE in a glass in a way. Be careful. Here’s an idea, get a blanket, start a fire and drink two of these. You won’t even have to get an Uber. Or whatever you gotta do. Cold weather and this beer are best friends. Try it. Then tell me that you love it. And then we can have one together. Yes….

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