Almost every industry has their version of a Holy Grail, that sought after item that has loads of fanfare surrounding it, and it lives up to the hype. Black Tuesday from The Bruery might be the Holy Grail of the craft beer world, released only once a year, and barely attainable even then. It's an incredibly complex imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels for over a year and tipping the scales at anywhere between 18-20% ABV every vintage. Even if you can't find any now, put it on top of your beer bucket list until you are able to acquire a taste.
We tend to place younger whiskies a step or two behind their more mature brethren. This is, of course, because some of the qualities that are evident in those drinks are due to the extra time mingling with the oak. Westward Oregon Malt Whiskey however, is an exception to this rule. What it lacks in age, it makes up for in complexity and flavor. It's made from 100% malted barley grown in the Pacific Northwest and is double pot distilled, which gives this unique drink many of the smooth characteristics you'd expect from an Irish whiskey. Proof that even a two year old whiskey can exceed expectations.
With the success of shows like The Walking Dead it's only natural to see companies crawling over each other to capitalize. But we know a unique product when we see one, and Philadelphia based Dock Street's Walker appears to be the real deal. Walker is an American Pale Stout, that is heavy on the malt and brewed with — wait for it — roasted goat brains and cranberries. The only beer to stock in your apocalypse bunker, or to drink while watching AMC's The Walking Dead finale on March 30th, which just happens to coincide with the release of Walker.