When you think of great craft beer hotbeds, Birmingham, Alabama might not come to mind. But that's the home of Good People Brewing, makers of handcrafted suds since 2008, and the home of El Gordo, their big and bold imperial stout. El Gordo is a thick, rich, stout loaded with flavors like vanilla, burnt espresso, and dark chocolate. And at 13.9% ABV, it's as powerful and menacing as the luchador that dons it's label.
Samuel Adams is known for being a pioneer in the craft beer space, blazing trails for many of the breweries that you probably love. But they've been a bit hesitant to dive into the world of hopped up IPAs, until now. Rebel Rouser is a double IPA that is the younger, but more disruptive brother of Rebel IPA, with an ABV of 8.4% and a palate full of aggressive hops. It's a West Coast style IPA, clean, crisp, and hitting store shelves near you this month.
While they make a full array of beer styles at Funky Buddha Brewing, there is one style they've become known for — Porter. Last Snow is yet another show stopping Porter in their quickly growing portfolio, and the most recent to see the bottling line. It's a coconut and coffee porter that reminds many of a Mounds bar in a glass, but it's not a bomb of sweetness. Instead Funky Buddha has again taken the base Porter style and built a sturdy, balanced structure on top of it — with fresh coffee, coconut, white chocolate, and caramel all playing crucial roles.
The most popular seasonal beer that Boulevard Brewing makes is back, and it's a pretty good bet that it won't stick around for long. Chocolate Ale hits shelves again this week, just five years after its first release as a part of their Smokestack Series — when it was meant to be a one-time offering. But when Boulevard collaborated with Christopher Elbow Artisinal Chocolates in Kansas City, they got more than just another one-off. It's an American Strong Ale that challenges what you might already think you know about chocolate in beer, as nibs from the Dominican Republic were added during the brewing process, giving it a booming aroma and flavor.