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Modern Times Blazing World Beer

When it comes to great, hoppy beers, the West Coast has no shortage of choices. So when a new brewery pops up on the coast with the promise of hoppy beers, they have our attention. Modern Times Brewing started last year in San Diego, and one of the hop bombs they are canning is an amber IPA called Blazing World ($11). It's packed with plenty of sticky, aromatic Nelson, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops that will satisfy those that crave a dry IBU punch. And the light, malty backbone that provides the amber hue helps balance things out nicely. To top it all off, it comes in a super sharp, well designed can.

  • Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Christmas Porter

    Just because it's the holidays doesn't mean hop lovers need to take a break from palate challenging beers. While most Christmas brews are sweet and festive, Three Floyds Brewing offers up Alpha Klaus ($12), a hopped up holiday Porter. The cousin of their hoppy pale ale Alpha King is brewed with English chocolate malt, Mexican sugar and a nice variety of festive American hops. So if you like your holiday beers hop forward with a nice dry chocolatey finish, Alpha Klaus has been gift wrapped just for you.

  • Great Lakes Christmas Ale

    Way back in the Middle Ages, during the holidays, spices, instead of hops, were added to beer to add flavor. That tradition reemerged in the 1900's, and is the inspiration behind many holiday beers on the market today. Great Lakes Christmas Ale ($12) is one of many in a crowded market, but manages to separate itself with its unique recipe and flavor profile. Christmas Ale is brewed with honey and spiced with fresh ginger and cinnamon, providing a tasty gift that belongs under the tree of every craft beer enthusiast.