Tired of hops yet? Yeah, we didn't think so. And when it comes to hopped up beers, it's tough to beat Beachwood Brewing. Greenshift Double IPA is the latest in a long line of hoppy, delicious beers to come out of their highly regarded brewery, and it might be the best. Brewed to celebrate their third anniversary, Greenshift has just about everything you'd want in a Double IPA, tons of hop varities, 10% ABV, and over 100 IBU as well. It's enough to make you pack up and head straight for the West Coast on a spontaneous vacation.
There is an old southern term called Pinhooking, used to describe a keen purchase of a young thoroughbred. Bourbon and thoroughbreds are already friendly neighbors and Pinhook Bourbon helps join the two Kentucky staples together with their brand new spirit. The premier batch of 5,000 bottles features a hand-written, letter-pressed label profiling the horse Bourbon Courage — and their next batch will feature another promising colt. But it's what lies inside the bottle that is the real prize — a bright, balanced, high-rye bourbon curated by folks that know good whiskey when they taste it. Picking up a bottle could help you find a new favorite horse to root for and a new favorite bourbon to boot.
Already well known for their stable of consistently great beers, Founders Brewing continues to impress with their Backstage Series as well, a limited edition release of something special. The latest Backstage release is Dissenter Imperial India Pale Lager, which just happens to be the first lager that Founders has brewed in twelve years. Dissenter may be a lager, but it isn't shy when it comes to hop influence, boasting a variety of citrus-forward hops and weighing in at 8.7% and 70 IBUs. You can find it in bottles starting on August 1st, but chances are it won't stick around very long.
You might be familiar with The Alchemist Brewery thanks to their world class IPA, Heady Topper. It's known as one of the best in a crowded bunch, so imagine the excitement this year when The Alchemist announced they would be canning their second beer, Focal Banger. It's another IPA, and another fantastic brew, loaded with two of the most aromatic and flavorful hop varieties on the market today — Citra and Mosaic. Even if the hop choices don't matter to you, the fact that The Alchemist has another IPA in cans should be enough to sway you to drive to Vermont and search until you find a can.