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.



Ommegang Bend the Knee

Brewery Ommegang continues its partnership with HBO’s powerhouse TV show, as Bend the Knee is the latest Game of Thrones-inspired brew to come out of their fermenters. The golden ale brewed with honey won’t hit shelves until May 30, to coincide (at least somewhat) with the return of the show, and will be sold with three different labels, one that pledges allegiance to the Lannisters, one promoting the Starks, and another for the Targaryen fans out there. The brew clocks in at 9% alcohol and will take on citrus notes from the hops and plenty of flavor from Brewery Ommegang’s house yeast. “Bend the knee,” it should be noted, is a phrase that relates to the submission of one to a king or lord. What that means for the show, we’ll have to wait and see. Link


Style: Golden Ale / ABV: 9%

Oskar Blues Hotbox Coffee IPA

We’re on record as loving a well-done coffee IPA. That’s why we’re so excited to see the release of Hotbox Coffee IPA, a former draft-only brew from Colorado-based Oskar Blues. The second collab with Hotbox Roasters—the other was the previously released Hotbox Porter—packs the unique citrus and earthy aspects of the Simcoe hop and pairs that with some Ethiopian coffee goodness. Look for it any place that carries Oskar Blues some time next month or early April. Link (via)


Style: Coffee IPA / ABV: 7.2%

Goose Island The Cooper Project - Release No. 1

Goose Island is set to launch a series in honor of the humble barrel this year, and anyone who knows anything about the Chicago brewery knows that they have some barrel experts on staff. We’re excited. The first in the series is a Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale. Clocking in at 8.7% ABV, the beer sat in bourbon barrels for four months to allow it to take on some of those vanilla and wood notes a bourbon barrel imparts. You can expect to see the Scotch Ale in select markets sometime in the middle of March. It will be the first of three beers in the Cooper Project series that will see release in 2017. Link


Style: Scotch Ale / ABV: 8.7%

Trillium x Prairie Artisan Ales Trillbomb!

We try not to go over the top with beers that are going to be insanely difficult to get, but sometimes they are just too incredible not to include. Case in point, Trillbomb!, a collab between two killer breweries and the mash-up of two killer beers. Trillium used the grain bill of Night & Day, their highly regarded imperial stout, and worked with Prairie to blend in the sugar and spice Bomb! is known for. That means you’re looking at an imperial stout with coffee, cacao, vanilla, and chili peppers that’s as smooth as silk.  The bad news is, it went on sale last week at Trillium and is sure to be gone by now. What you need to do is make a new friend in Boston and hound them until they split one with you. Link


Style: Imperial Stout / ABV: 11%

Guinness Milk Stout

Changes have been afoot at Guinness for some time, with the release of new beers and even new breweries. To toss in the pile of Nitro IPAs and Blonde American Lagers is Guinness Milk Stout, a new beer that’s part of the brewery’s Brewers Project. While we were highly skeptical of many of the recent Guinness moves, this one seems to make more sense, as the beer should boast a similar profile to classic Guinness stout with a bit of milk sugar sweetness thrown in the mix. That sounds a like a good thing. Look for it on shelves soon. Link


Style: Milk Stout / ABV: 5%

Firestone Walker Bravo

Bravo isn’t new. In fact, you’ve probably tasted it without realizing. Bravo is a main component of Firestone Walker’s prized anniversary beers, yet it’s never seen bottle release on its own. That’s changing this year, as Firestone Walker is releasing the imperial brown ale in 12 oz bottles. Aged in retired oak bourbon barrels, Bravo is a 13.2% beast that drinks far too easily. Expect a huge barrel influence on this one. Link


Style: Imperial Brown Ale / ABV: 13.2%



Ballast Point Nitro Red Velvet

Since being acquired by Constellation in 2015, San Diego’s Ballast Point has gone on a tear, creating new versions of classics and releasing funky brews left and right. The latest—which is too odd not to share—is Nitro Red Velvet. The first packaged nitro offering from the brewery is meant to mimic the cake of the same name, only the red hue doesn’t come from food coloring here; it comes from beets. Yeah. According to reviews, it’s a fun beer that still drinks like a beer. It’s worth a try for curiosity’s sake. Link


Style: Oatmeal Stout / ABV: 5.5%

Second Self ATaLe

Atlantans could use a drink right about now. That whole Super Bowl thing was kinda rough. Luckily, Second Self Beer Company is happy to oblige. The Atlanta-based brewery is set to release ATaLe, a refreshing pale ale brewed in honor of the city. Dubbing it an “Atlanta Ale,” the crisp brew is said to be ideal with some smoked wings and street tacos, both of which are winners in our book. The beer is on draft now and will be available in cans in a couple of weeks. It will also be a year-round offering from the brewery, so if you’re a huge fan of the ATL, you can have your fridge stocked at all times. Link


Style: Pale Ale / ABV: 5.5%

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