When you hit your local liquor store or brewery in search of some new beers to try, there are a few we’d recommend keeping an eye out for. Some of these are brand new, some are seasonals making their return, and some were just announced for future release. So next time you’re out scouting some potential fridge-dwellers, look out for these.

Firestone Walker Helldorado

Any new brown box offering from Firestone Walker is worth being excited for. Joining the ranks of Parabola, Sucaba, Stickee Monkee, and other gems this year is Helldorado. The Imperial Blonde Ale, or Blonde Barley Wine, lends some interesting barrel notes to a beer style that hasn’t really seen the inside of one. El Dorado hops balance out the sweet 12% ABV brew. Link

Imperial Blonde Ale • ABV: 12% • RATING: 95


Founders ReDANKulous Imperial Red IPA

The 13th installment in the Backstage Series from Founders is a sweet hop bomb. Pairing some burnt amber sweetness with a plethora of Chinook, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops, ReDANKulous is a feast for the senses. Look for the new hoppy wonder in August. Link

Imperial Red IPA • ABV: 9.5% • RATING: N/A


Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

When you’re a craft beer vet like Sierra Nevada, it’s rare you do something for the first time. Shockingly, this fall marks the first time Sierra Nevada will release a bottle Oktoberfest beer. To do so, they teamed up with Brauhaus Riegele—one of Germany’s oldest breweries. You might say it’s the most legit American Oktoberfest beer around. Look for it next month. Link

Märzen • ABV: 6% • RATING: N/A


Laurelwood Red Elephant IRA

It seems everyone is getting on the canning bandwagon these days. The latest brewery to do so is Portland-based Laurelwood. The first canned beer in the brewery’s 14-year history is Red Elephant, a beer which takes the maltiness of the brewery’s Free Range Red and the hoppiness of their Green Elephant IPA. If you’re in Oregon, look out. Link

Red Ale • ABV: 7% • RATING: N/A


Tallgrass Ginger Peach Saison

The heavy beers can wait, right now we still want something flavorful and refreshing, something like the latest from Tallgrass Brewing. Ginger Peach Saison is bubbly, fruity, and begging for a trip to the beach. The yeast plays nicely with the ginger and peach, and while we wouldn’t say it’s a slam dunk, it’s creative and worth a try. Link

Saison • ABV: 4.8% • RATING: 82


New Belgium Eric’s Ale

Okay, so Eric’s Ale isn’t new, but the last time you saw it on shelves, you were probably stopping for beer on your way home to watch Lost. Returning to bottles after a 7-year hiatus, the wood-aged sour peach ale crafted by Eric Salazar, a brewer at New Belgium, is ready to delight your taste buds all over again. Look for it this month. Link

American Wild Ale • ABV: 7% • RATING: 92


Anchor Brewing Double Liberty

As the beer that really kickstarted the IPA revolution, Anchor’s Liberty Ale holds a special place in our hop-loving heart. While we won’t say it’s the best, it’s an old go-to that we still enjoy. Recently, Anchor dropped Double Liberty, their new Double IPA. While a bit maltier than other DIPAs you might have had, it’s still a fine beer from a brewery we love. Link

Double IPA • ABV: 8.2% • RATING: 86


Berghoff Rowdy Root Beer

Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer went on a bit of a tear through the United States recently, as friends passed bottles to even the biggest beer hater they knew. It seems there’s room for some competition, and the first challenger might be Rowdy Root Beer from Berghoff. At 6.6%, it’s a tad stronger than the basic Not Your Father’s Root Beer (other versions clock in much higher). It’ll also come in some pretty sharp cans for on the go boozing. Link

Spiced Beer • ABV: 6.6% • RATING: N/A



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