If you keep a close eye on the beer scene, you know that hazy Northeast-style IPAs are all the rage right now. And while many are brewing this style, few are doing it well. Hardywood Brewery nailed the style with Tropication IPA, a beer with a bouquet of juicy tropical hops on the nose that also hit your palate in all the right spots. And like the best Northeast-style IPAs, most of the hop bite is smoothed out from a wave of passion fruit, pineapple, and mango. Refreshing and flavorful, we could easily consume several of these in one sitting.
Even the best breweries know they need to evolve, and that's just what Firestone Walker is doing with the release of Fortem IPA. It's the first release in the Leo v. Ursus Chronology. Until now, the brewery was unable to brew smaller, nimble batches like this, but opened The Propagator, a new miniature brewery that enables their team to explore and experiment before fine tuning and scaling the results at their main brewery in Paso Robles. Fortem is an unfiltered imperial IPA that blends newer hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany. Available in four-pack 16 oz cans everywhere Firestone Walker beer is sold.
Last year, the National Park Service celebrated 100 years of service. And now, Uinta Brewing is ready to release their tribute to some of the most beautiful parts of the U.S. with Golden Ale Park Series Beer. The cans are available with four different park-inspired graphics, and the beer itself is a light bodied golden ale. Tip one back as you explore a national park, or just as a tribute during your next get together. It's an excellent choice that helps raise awareness and appreciation for these wonderful parks.
This Kolsch-inspired ale brewed using Belgian pilsner, American wheat malts, and classic Bavarians hops might be the least pretentious craft beer on the market. Bronx Banner Beer can be found throughout New York City but is a dedication to the borough where the brewery operates, The Bronx. It's an easy drinker made for hard working people packaged in great looking cans. And for every case sold, they'll donate 5% of the proceeds to a local charity.
As you peruse the shelves in the beer aisle at your local bottle shop, certain choices jump out. And Union Unfiltered Lager is one of those choices thanks to its minimal, handsome can. It's unfiltered, unpasteurized, and has plenty of flavor as well. This "modernist" craft beer comes from Germany unfiltered for a malty, refreshing sip that pairs well with good food and great company.
An oatmeal coffee stout brewed using Ethiopian Hambela and Sumatran coffee already sounds delicious, but Modern Times have taken that to the next level with the release of Modern Times Black House Nitro Stout. The special release is built off the back of their year-round Black House stout, adding coconut and cocoa nibs while adding nitrogen to the canning to give it a velvety mouthfeel. Available in these great looking 16 Oz cans, it's a rich, tasty combo of flavors that's sure to be a big hit while it lasts.