Beer Bucket List: 25 Beers You Must Try

15. Lips of Faith – La Folie (New Belgium Brewing)

If you want to ease into sour beers, this is not the place to start. It’s super sour, but – at least in our book – super delicious. New Belgium

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16. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale

An incredible IPA that you don’t have to hit the lottery to get in your fridge. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale boasts a hefty hop aroma with the perfect amount of sweetness. You can’t go wrong with this or Bell’s Hopslam or actually most of their beers for that matter. Bell’s Beer

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17. Darkness (Surly Brewing Co.)

You want big flavor, you got big flavor. Surly’s Darkness is not a Russian Imperial Stout to mess around with. It’s chocolatey with a bunch of nuances that any beer fan would appreciate. Surly Brewing

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18. Cantillon Lou Pepe Kriek

Lambics are not often considered the manliest of beers, but you can’t hide deliciousness. This Kriek lambic from Cantillon won’t win you many points with frat bros, but you’ll be laughing to the bottom of each cherry flavored glass. Cantillon

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19. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

If you don’t speak German, just point at the bottle or tap and hide your pride at the door. It’s worth it. This is the classic German Hefe which all others should be measured against. Weihenstephaner

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20. Cable Car (The Lost Abbey)

A funktastic American wild that packs a sour punch. If you’re the kind of guy who bites into straight grapefruit, this is a beer worth storing in your collection. Lost Abbey

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21. Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter

As far as porters go, you could do far, far worse than this brew from Great Lakes. It’s ridiculously smooth and our pick for the best porter around. Best of all, it’s most likely not a beer you have to go hunting for. Great Lakes Brewing

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22. Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale (Sierra Nevada)

On a cold winter night, this is the beer we reach for. It’s exactly what you want in a robust brew. Sierra Nevada

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23. Peche Mortel (Dieu du Ciel)

Another one for the coffee nuts. Peche Mortel (French for “Mortal Sin”) is an Imperial Stout that acquires a lot of its flavor from the fair-trade coffee it’s infused with. Dieu Du Ciel

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24. Sam Adams Utopias

Who is ready to get wrecked? If you raised your hand, save up and search out Sam Adams Utopias. At 27% ABV it’s more like a light bourbon. Of course, that’s part of the fun. Samuel Adams

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25. Zombie Dust (Three Floyds)

A just flat-out great pale ale from Three Floyds. It’s hoppy, fruity, and should be a summertime staple if you can get it. 3 Floyds

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  • BelgianBeerBoy

    only two belgian beers in this list? Shame on you ;) !!

  • MW

    I count 4. Dupont, Cantillon, Westvleteren, Rochfort.

  • 6thBN10thFA

    I’ve had Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Marzen from the Beer Bucket List . The first half-liter has a little bite to it, but the second and third go down really smooth. From the tap in Bamberg Germany is a much tastier and more authentic option than from the bottle.

  • OnceItHitsTheLips

    printed and stored. I can cross three off already but that leaves plenty to explore.

  • beernotbombs

    I’ve had all of these but the Dark Lord and the Westy 12, and honestly….I would expect more from you guys. Come on, do a little research. Rogue’s Chipotle? Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot? Russian River’s IPA’s? What about the RR sours? Give me a break. While most of these are delicious, maybe half are “bucket list” worthy, and some aren’t worth mentioning at all. If you’re going to put a list like this out there on the interwebs, you best know what you’re talkin’ about. Step your game up.

  • Matt

    Toppling Goliath Psuedo Sue should be on this list

  • Jacob

    This is a pretty boring bucket list.

  • Serge

    Tried five out of 25 . . .

  • Brett

    It may surprise some but there’s actually a southern hemisphere. We kind of like the odd beer in Australia and New Zealand and make a few incredible examples but I guess we are easy to overlook. That may have taken a few minutes of research.

  • Richard Hartley

    Well said. The Heady deserves top honors, but some of these were just mailed in. Nothing from Unibroue? Nothing from Hill Farmstead?

  • Amerikaner in Deutschland

    I’m probably the last guy to give beer advice, Is there anything from Germany on the list? Kupfer? Kloister Weltenberg? HB? And many others are time tested and untarnished by American chemicals.

  • Me

    What about RED CHAIR ??