With so many breweries releasing so many beers, a beer lover can feel overwhelmed. Paralysis by analysis is real, so it can never hurt for a thirsty traveler to know what to look for. After you’ve made headway on the classics on this list, this list, this list, and this list, reach for something new, something like one of these 8 releases we’re excited about. Here’s our freshest batch of new beers to try.

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Firestone Walker Leo vs Ursus Fortem

The last time Firestone Walker gave new us a new series, we named it one of the best new beers of the year. Now, to follow up Luponic Distortion, the Cali brewery is gracing us with Leo vs Ursus, a series that will shift stylistically every quarter. The first in the series is Fortem, an Imperial IPA that blends new and old, Europe and America. By taking new hop varities from the Pacific Northwest and blending them with Hallertau hops, which are classic Bavarian, along with some flaked oats for a creamier body, David Walker and Adam Firestone have created a beer that exists somewhere between old-school German tradition and new-school American hazy Double IPA. Early reviews are stellar, so keep an eye out for it when it hits shelves near you. Link

 

Style: Imperial IPA / ABV: 8.2%
Lagunitas-Eroica

Lagunitas Eroica

FYI, you probably read that too fast. The latest beer to join Lagunitas’ OneHitter series—which is not called Erotica—is a fresh spin on the classic Flemish farmhouse ale. Eroica is going to be tart and funky and wildly different from most of the beers you’ve had from Lagunitas. Aged in red wine barrels and exposed to Brettanomyces, Eroica is a sour saison of sorts that gets funkified thanks to the Brett. Look, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but if we’ve learned anything over the years it’s that Lagunitas usually knocks it out of the park. So while we’d totally appreciate a new IPA or another barrel aged stout like Westified, we’re pretty excited to see what they do with something a bit more out there. Look for Eroica in May. Link

 

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin / ABV: 8%
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Heavy Gem Humanimal Stasis

Heavy Gem is a new project from Tired Hands and Half Acre, and that should be enough to get you excited for any beers they produce. The first two are being released this week in both Chicago and Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and are worth hunting down if you are in either of those areas. Our pick of the two is Humanimal Stasis, a Double IPA brewed with Simcoe and Equinox lupulin powder. (Lupulin powder, it should be noted, is probably the next big thing in hoppy beers, as it’s a concentrated powder made from hop oils and resin.) Just by looking at the website the two launched, we can tell you this is the most Tired Hands thing to not carry the Tired Hands name, meaning it’s weird, slightly spiritual, and definitely written by a guy who was high. That said, Tired Hands and Half Acre rarely disappoint, so snag some cans. Link

 

Style: Double IPA / ABV: ??
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Saint Arnold Raspberry AF

Those of us in the Northeast may still be dealing with the remnants of a snow storm, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to warm days and light, refreshing beers. When it’s time to put the heavy stouts away, turn to Raspberry AF, a Berliner Weisse conditioned on tons of raspberry purée. At just 3.7% ABV, it goes down tart and easy and is perfect for the first day you put on short sleeves this year. If you like raspberries, this is going to be your jam (pun intended), as the name suggests. If you’re in Texas or Louisiana, this should be on your radar. Link

 

Style: Berliner Weisse / ABV: 3.7%
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Modern Times x Great Notion Effective Dreams

Man, we’re suckers for a beautiful beer can. We’re also suckers for beers from both Modern Times and Great Notion. All this adds up to a shit-ton of excitement over Effective Dreams, a tropical hop bomb that comes in one groovy 16-ouncer from the two breweries. Brewed with well-known hops like Citra and Mosaic, Effective Dreams takes on a new personality thanks to an experimental hop also used in its creation. We’d buy this just for the can, but we’d gladly drink it as well. Link

 

Style: IPA / ABV: 7.2%
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Bell's Am I Right or Amarillo

Bell’s is one of the largest craft breweries around. As they spread their distribution footprint into The Lone Star State (the 31st state they will be available in), they’re bringing with them a new beer only for Texas. Am I Right or Amarillo is a 100% Amarillo hop IPA exclusive to Texas. At 6%, the IPA is an easy drinker, and thanks to those aforementioned hops, it should pack a citrus and pine aroma. If you ain’t in Texas, ya’ll out of luck. Link

 

Style: IPA / ABV: 6%
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New Belgium Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale

Watermelon beers can go one of two ways. They either come out tasting like watermelon bubble gum, with a cloying, artificial finish, or they have just a hint of watermelon that compliments the rest of the beer and provides some background flavor. Here’s to hoping New Belgium’s Juicy Watermelon Lime Ale is the latter. Described as clean and refreshing, we’d like to imagine this will be the perfect poolside sipper. The lime adds an interesting component, as a bit of tart citrus could really play well with the sweetness of the watermelon. We’re holding out hope, as New Belgium’s Juicy Watermelon was close to being pretty good. Link

 

Style: Fruit Beer / ABV: 5%
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Stillwater Artisanal Ales Insetto

Stillwater is one of our favorite breweries that no one seems to talk about. That’s fine, as long as they stay somewhat low-key, we’ll gobble up all those extra brews that hang around our local bottle shop. In the summer, that means we’ll be snagging Insetto, a sour ale brewed with plums from Italy. Insetto, which means “insect” in Italian, will be dry-hopped to bring an added dimension to an otherwise tart brew. Twelve-ounce cans should hit shelves some time this summer, and we’d recommend not sleeping on them. Link

 

Style:Sour Ale / ABV: 5%