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.
Recently, Mike published an article titled “Undrink The Beer – Five beers I wish I could have again, for the first time” that centered on an introspective look to some beers of one’s past. These beers, as Mike put it, are ones you’d like to be able to experience again for the first time; knowing full well you’ll never quite get that same sort of feeling or experience again.
Portland, Maine has a thriving restaurant and brewing scene and is often overlooked by the uninformed. Breweries in Portland have been churning out some awesome beers for many years. One of those breweries is Rising Tide Brewing and tonight I’m sampling their Ursa Minor stout. The label describes this beer as a Weizen Stout brewed with “wheat-beer” yeast along with dark crystal and roasted malts. That all checks out, time to dive in.
It’s Black Friday, or at least was, and Goose Island has released their 2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout along with its variants. Mike is in town to join us for our early morning Black Friday drinking tradition. We’re sampling the beer that is said to be the original bourbon barrel aged stout, Bourbon County Brand Stout. If you’ve got one, crack one open and enjoy with us!
Prairie Artisan Ales, the relatively new brewery out of Oklahoma, has made a splash in the craft beer community with their farmhouse-style saisons and stouts. In April of this year, they successfully funded their Kickstarter for 100% barrel aged beers. Most notably, their Imperial Stout Prairie Bomb aged on coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and chili peppers garnered a nearly perfect score on BeerAdvocate (currently 99/100).