There is something to be said for an easy drinking, sessionable lager. Easy drinking beers don’t have to be the macro-brewed yellow water that fills the kegs and fridges at frat parties. They can be flavorful with the lightness and low alcohol that makes session beers possible. In this vein there is the Under Dog Atlantic Lager from Flying Dog. This American Pale Lager clocks in at 4.7% ABV and should hopefully fit the bill of an easy drinking lager.
Big Imperial Stouts are mainstay of my winter beer fridge. With their bold robust flavors, warming characteristics, and filling mouth feel they make a great winter beer. One that I have been interested in trying for a while is Night Stalker from Goose Island. When I happened upon it while exploring a new beer store I had to pick up a bottle for review.
The Hibernation Ale from Great Divide Brewing Co. has been around since 1995, but this was the first year that I was able to find it. The Hibernation is a malty, dry-hopped ale that has won both gold and silver medals at the Great American Beer Festival. Judging the beer by the label it appears to be a perfect winter beer with robust flavors and plenty of malt. Certainly a beer that when I first found it, I couldn’t wait to dive in.
The fall chill is finally setting to set in up in the Northeast. It is a brisk 50 degrees in the air and the pumpkins are everywhere. I recently grabbed a mixed six-pack of some autumn seasonals. One of the beers that caught my eye was the newly designed label of Flying Fish’s OktoberFish.
In what has become an annual affair, Stone released their 16th Anniversary IPA this summer. Loaded with lots of rye, but according to them not enough to warrant the “Rye IPA” name, this Double IPA also features Amarillo and Calypso hops. Finished with lemon verbena and European specialty malts, this one sounded intriguing enough to peak my interest (and Stone rarely lets me down).