When it's time to make a beer run, you have to make sure you have enough to go around and last through your drinking session. And who wants to mess with a puny 12 pack or even a 30 pack of corporate swill when you can ensure you won't run out by hauling home the 99-Pack from Austin Beerworks? The case holds an unheard of 99 12-ounce cans of Peacemaker Anytime Ale, or 1,188 ounces of beer. Bring a friend and maybe a pickup truck to haul home the seven-foot-long case to feed a thirsty party or stock your cellar for the long haul.
Here comes another great example of a Belgian Saison that you'd think comes from Belgium, but it's actually an Ohio product. Petite Saison from Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster, Ohio not only fits the bill of a high quality Belgian style Saison, complete with a yeasty malt flavor with some citrus influences, but also comes packaged in this great looking 375ml bottle, caged and corked. Serve it blind to a hardcore Belgian beer snob and see if they can tell you where it's from.
Gose is quickly becoming the most popular new style in craft brewing after the thirst for some of those that were first to market continues to rise. Almanac Brewing decided to embrace the old German style with Golden Gate Gose. Almanac takes the classic wheat style and uses San Francisco Bay sea salt, lemon verbena and coriander grown especially for the brewery in Santa Cruz, California. The tart, refreshing beer makes sense just about anytime, but pair it with fresh seafood to unlock its true potential.
Ready to get adventurous with your next beer purchase? If you are, Love Child from Boulevard Brewing in Kansas City, Missouri is a great candidate. The fourth batch in their Love Child Series, this beer is a barrel-aged wild ale made by blending batches of beer, aged between 11 months and 5 years in whiskey barrels, wine foeders, and stainless steel tanks. The finished product is a funky, fruity, sour creation and defies simple explanation but is sure to push the boundaries of your palette and possibly turn you into a fan of sour beers, if you aren't one already.
One of the best kept secrets in the booming brewing state of Ohio can be found in Athens at Jackie O's Brew Pub & Brewery and one of the staples of their impressive lineup is Dark Apparition. It's a Russian Imperial Stout that quickly lives up to its name thanks to a midnight black pour. Eleven malts were used during the brewing process and they bring out rich flavors like chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. With such a great flavor profile and a rich body, it's hard not to let this 10% ABV ghost sneak up on you.