Maybe it's just me, but springtime seems built for hoppy beers. Those malty winter beers tend to get pushed to the back of my beer shelf for some fresh hopped-up six-packs. This is what I have been sampling:
Berkshire Saint of Circumstance Sour Mash Whiskey Barrel Aged IPA, 9
decided to go for it with this gutsy idea for a beer. i thought it
worked too. hops and bourbon play nice together and its sour without
being over the top. very interesting.
Blue Hills Comet Tail Pale Ale, 7
a pretty big pale ale. malty in the front and hoppy in the back.
Cambridge Weekapaug Gruit Ale, 7
while this is an unhopped style, the replacement spices give it a springy feel as well. points for the phish reference too.
Mayflower Spring Hop, 6
solid hoppy amber.
Sixpoint Resin, 7
really stands out on the shelf with its sharp green label and
skinny can. heaps of delicious piney, citrus hops. not to be confused
with a session beer however.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
When the Brewers Association -- the craft beer industry's trade group -- put out its annual list of the largest craft breweries, a lot of familiar names topped the list. What was interesting was the fact that 36 of the top 50 are still small and independent craft breweries, a number that will surely continue to dwindle as the macrobreweries continue to add surging craft brewers to their portfolio.
|1||Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams)||Boston||MA|
|2||Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.||Chico||CA|
|3||New Belgium Brewing Co.||Fort Collins||CO|
|4||The Gambrinus Company (Shiner)||San Antonio||TX|
|6||Matt Brewing Co. (Saranac)||Utica||NY|
|7||Bell's Brewery, Inc.||Galesburg||MI|
|9||Lagunitas Brewing Co.||Petaluma||CA|
|10||Boulevard Brewing Co.||Kansas City||MO|
|11||Stone Brewing Co.||Escondido||CA|
|12||Dogfish Head Craft Brewery||Milton||DE|
|14||Alaskan Brewing & Bottling Co.||Juneau||AK|
|15||Long Trail Brewing Co.||Burlington||VT|
|16||Shipyard Brewing Co.||Portland||ME|
|17||Abita Brewing Co.||Abita Springs||LA|
|18||Great Lakes Brewing Co.||Cleveland||OH|
|19||New Glarus Brewing Co.||New Glarus||WI|
|20||Full Sail Brewing Co.||Hood River||OR|