In recent years, American craft brewers have gotten more and more adventurous. And to show their creativity knows no bounds, the beer style known as the Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter is on tap lists at more than one U.S. brewery. But a truly exceptional example of the style comes from DuClaw Brewing in Abingdon, Maryland. Sweet Baby Jesus ($10) not only provides a creative name worth repeating, but also smells and tastes like a really great Reese Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. It's incredibly balanced so don't expect more of any element than the other. We know what we're having for dessert tonight.
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The folks at Sprecher Brewing in Glendale, Wisconsin make a full line of craft beers and gourmet sodas but are probably best known for their root beer. It's so good that for years their customers have asked for a menu mashup, a Hard Root Beer. After plenty of testing, the brewers came up with something to satisfy those customers and that they were proud of — Sprecher Bootlegger's Bourbon Barrel Hard Root Beer ($5/4-pack.) The fermented root beer tastes like a root beer should, but with some oak and bourbon flavors joining the party. It clocks in at 5% ABV, but you'd be surprised at how difficult it is to notice the alcohol. Grab a bottle and satisfy your craving for a good root beer and an alcoholic beverage at the same time.
Stone Brewing cares so much about how fresh their beer is, they named one of them after the date they want you to consume it by. We usually don't like people telling us what to do, unless they are telling us to drink "devastatingly fresh" beer. Enjoy By IPA ($8) clocks in at 9.4% alcohol by volume and smacks you in the nose with fresh citrusy floral aromas. The sooner you open it the sooner you get the grassy, resiny hop bite, which is a challenge to even the most experienced hop heads. Stone is rolling it out to different states one batch at a time, and it's pretty clear there's no better time to consume a bottle than now.
There are some beers that work best before a meal and others that pair nicely with your main course, and then there are beers like Mexican Cake ($10), that fit best alongside whatever you might be having for dessert — or as the dessert itself. Up and coming Westbrook Brewing out of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, celebrated their first anniversary way back in 2011, and for the first time brewed this delectable imperial stout that is aged on cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, cinnamon sticks and fresh habanero peppers. It was a big hit, big enough that they've brought it back now due to popular demand. So seek out a bottle or two, and skip dessert in favor of some of this after-dinner brew.
You read that right, it's called Beard Beer ($7). We know a lot of craft brewers sport a shaggy mug, but had no idea that one decided to use a yeast strain from their beard follicles and actually brew, bottle and sell it. Well, Oregon's Rogue Brewing, also known for odd one offs like Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale, have taken the next step in eccentric brewing ideas. Wild yeast strains are a common ingredient for craft brewers, but this is the first one we've heard of that grows from a brewmasters face. Nobody likes finding a hair in their beer, but if you're like us, you might just be curious enough to give this one a try.
The state of Vermont might be best known for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream or maple syrup, but what they should be known for is beer, and one beer in particular. The Alchemist is currently focused on brewing one beer perfectly, Heady Topper ($12/4-pack), and seem to be at or near perfection already. The world class IPA is loaded with hops but isn't the most bitter or strongest IPA you've had, just the most balanced. You'll also notice the request on each vessel to "DRINK IT FROM THE CAN" which is quite enjoyable, but we haven't had one yet that wasn't, regardless of your quaffing preference.
Believe it or not, beer used to come in cans that required you to put in a bit of work before you could enjoy their hoppy essence. Churchkey Beer ($TBA) is looking to bring that experience back with a flavorful, golden Pilsner that comes in a flat-top can — leaving you only one way to get the sudsy goodness out. Extra points for friends that have a churchkey on hand without you warning them first. [Scouted by JT]
While we'd rather skip the massive gut, everything else about Homer Simpson's lifestyle — compulsive eating, guzzling beer, and watching TV — seems a-ok. Now you can take one step in that direction by ordering up a case of Duff Beer (£25; roughly $40). Brewed in Germany, this surprisingly smooth 4.7 percent lager is the perfect way to pick up a dull barbecue or tackle a tough Thursday afternoon. Woo-hoo!
If you're an ardent HBO viewer, you might think this is a True Blood tie-in — and while that's not nearly as far fetched as we'd like to believe, it's still not the case. Newcastle Werewolf Beer ($9/6-pack) is instead one of four Newcastle Limited Edition brews, and features an appropriate blood red color, sweet berry overtones, and just a bit of bitterness that make it a perfect companion for your fall activities.
Not content to simply release a "special edition" brew for the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, BrewDog has gone one better and created Royal Virility Performance Beer (£10; roughly $17). Limited to just 1,000 330ml bottles, this 7.5% ABV India Pale Ale is infused with natural aphrodisiacs like herbal viagra, chocolate, and Goat Weed, as well as "a healthy dose of sarcasm." If you can't marry like royalty, you might as well screw like them.
Forget the Moët — ring in 2011 the right way by toasting a glass of Sam Adams Infinium Beer ($20). Sold in a wine-like 750 ml bottle with a foil-covered cork top, this unique brew is the result of a two-year collaboration between our friends at the Boston Brewing Co. and Germany's Weihenstephan Brewery, and features a deep golden color with fine bubbles, a fruity, slightly spicy aroma, and crisp malt and citrus flavors. Oh, and it's 10.3 percent alcohol by volume, so you needn't worry about its inability to get you nice and happy by the time midnight rolls around.
Not to be confused with the original, alcoholic version of ginger beer — or even ginger ale, for that matter — Barritts Ginger Beer ($40/24-pack) has been a Bermudan staple since 1874. It's made from pure cane sugar, and sports a ginger bite that makes it great by itself or in the elusive perfect Dark 'N' Stormy.