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.
It was easy to dismiss Ninkasi’s Ground Control Imperial Stout, a beer they brewed with yeast that survived a trip to space, as a gimmick when it was released in 2015. Then you tasted it and realized it was damn good. Now the brewery is back with a second iteration, and this time it has been aged in Old Forester Bourbon barrels. Same out-of-this-world beer (we’ll see ourselves out), now with boozy bourbon goodness.
Has there ever been a more summertime-looking can? For warm weather lounging, Bell’s is bringing back Poolside Ale, a Belgian-style wheat beer that’s brewed with cherry juice. Since Bell’s is one of those breweries that seemingly always knock it out of the park, we’ll go ahead and guess this could become your summer beer of choice.
Speaking of breweries who rarely miss, the latest release from Founders should excite any coffee lover. Sumatra Mountain Brown is a rich, sweet brown ale that doesn’t hide the Sumatra coffee it was brewed with. Unlike many brown ales, this one clocks in at a hefty 9%, and it’s long been a taproom favorite.
Collabs between awesome breweries get us excited, and that means The King’s Ransom, a new Baltic Porter from Creature Comforts and Other Half, is high on our “To Try” list. Rich and chocolaty, The King’s Ransom is a smooth beer with a subtle hint of smokiness. Designed to be malt-forward but not cloying, the Baltic Porter is going to be tricky to get your hands on, but if you’ve ever had any brews from New York’s Other Half or Georgia’s Creature Comforts, you’ll know this one will be worth the hunt.
We get pumped for any addition to the Lips of Faith collection from New Belgium. One of the latest is in collaboration with De Koninck, an Antwerp-based brewery, and is perfect for summer. Flowering Citrus Ale opens up with key lime and lemon notes that mix with hibiscus and rose petals. The first Lips of Faith beer available in 12 oz bottles, Flowering Citrus Ale is a tart, bright treat for the coming months.
We should all be so lucky to root for a baseball team with such an awesome brewery also supporting it. Anchor pledges allegiance to their San Fran mates the Giants with Orange Splash Lager, a 5.2% lager perfect for sipping during a game. The beer, which debuted on draft last year, now gets a Giants-esque can and is available just in time for the start of baseball season.
The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner and that means it’s time to mix up some mint juleps. If you’re more a beer guy, however, Flying Dog has the beverage for you. Their latest Brewhouse Rarities offering is Mint Julep Ale, which, as the name would suggest, is brewed to mimic the flavor profile of the Derby drink of choice.
With all the funky concoctions being brewed, shouldn’t some brewery step up and make a simple, easy drinking lager? House Beer is brewed by ex-Coors guys and is designed to have the same drinkability as those heritage brands but without the big, corporate feel. When you don’t feel like a 10% Imperial Stout that’s been aged on cherries, crush a few House Beers.