One of the first new IPAs of the new year is here, and it comes from one of the most trusted breweries around. Azacca IPA from Founders Brewing is made using one hop strand, Azacca. The new, experimental hop was created by Roy Farms in Yakima and is named for the Hatian god of agriculture. It's full of tropical fruit aromas and flavors, with a lightly bitter finish. It might be the best way to try out this new hop strand, especially when it comes from such a dependable source.
You're familiar with the Angel's Share of whiskey that evaporates into the wood during aging. The same applies to beer that spends time in barrels like Lost Abbey Angel's Share Beer. Angel's Share is a Strong Ale brewed with a truckload of caramel malt that helps emphasize the vanilla and oak flavors that make barrel aging so popular. After a year in oak, Angel's Share is bottled at 12.5% ABV and is a sweet, smooth beer with incredible balance.