Brasserie Cantillon, the Belgian brewery that stole the hearts of many beer lovers, is one of my favorite breweries in existence. Unfortunately, procuring bottles “off the shelf” from them has become incredibly difficult in the past five years, at least in the US. They’re readily available for on-site consumption at multiple Philadelphia area bars, but enjoying a bottle in the comfort of your own home, whenever you want, is a real treat.
It’s been a few years since I did a post of My Top 10 New Beers for a particular year. The idea and challenge to make this list is to pick your ten favorite new beers to you that you had in a calendar year. I did an article with this concept back in 2011, and decided it would be a good idea to revisit this. Without further ado, here are my ten favorite new beers that I tasted in 2014.
Hill Farmstead Brewery operated by Shaun Hill in Greensboro, Vermont is one of the most highly praised breweries in the craft beer circle. Their beers, from juicy Pale Ales to tart oaky Saisons, are clamored for by beer geeks across the U.S.A and internationally. One of their more elusive beers, Ann (a wine barrel aged honey Saison), was recently released for only the second time in bottles since they’ve been in operation.
We’ve all seen some of the prepackaged pub crawls, right? You pay X amount of money and get bused around the city, hitting up predefined bars for a certain amount of time. While these can be lots of fun, you really have no say on the venues or timing. Planning your own pub crawl can be a really fun thing. Which is exactly what Mike and I did for this coming weekend in Washington D.C.
The milk or sweet stout style is one I don’t overindulge in, partially because of their sweeter nature but I certainly don’t mind enjoying one every once in a while. The latest one I found was from 4 Hands Brewing Co. out of Saint Louis, Missouri called “Chocolate Milk Stout.” As you can imagine, this beer has the addition of cacao nibs in the barrel.