Taylor Abbey

Evil Twin Lil’ B

Evil Twin Brewing is a gypsy brewery originating from Copenhagen, Denmark with headquarters in Brooklyn, N.Y. In order to fully understand the origins of Evil Twin, one would need some knowledge of the relationship between founder Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso and his identical twin brother Mikkel Borg Bjergso, founder of Mikkeler Brewing. The intent of this article is not to go into detail about the brothers and their somewhat tumultuous relationship, but if you were particularly interested, I would suggest looking at this piece from The New York Times

Lakewood Holiday Bonus

There has been no better time to be a beer fan in Texas than right now. Thanks in large part to Jester King standing up to the TABC, we are seeing more and more craft beer from around the country begin to filter in to the lone star state. Arguably more importantly than that, we are experiencing tremendous growth within our own borders with new breweries popping up all the time, and established ones really stepping up their game and producing some beers that can really compete with the big hitters we are used to seeing.

Karbach Cherries of Fire

Karbach Brewing Company is a somewhat under-the-radar brewery hailing from Houston, Texas that has been around since 2011. As far as Texas breweries go, it comes in at the fifth largest in production which is composed of some year-round staples, seasonal releases and the single release "F.U.N." (Freaking Unbelievable Nectar) Series.

Knee Deep Brewing Hoptologist DIPA

Knee Deep Brewing Company is a relative newcomer to the craft beer market, initially opening production in 2010 by contracting its brewing to Mt. Tallac Brewing in Lake Tahoe before opening its own brewery in 2011 in Lincoln, Calif. While initial distribution was limited solely to the Reno, Nev. area, Knee Deep has since expanded to sell their beer in California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho and Ohio. With a relatively small line-up the majority of Knee Deep's beers are hop-centric and over half of the year round offerings are some variant of an IPA. Of all its hop forward brews, perhaps the most highly regarded is the Hoptologist Double IPA.

Crooked Stave Surette

Sour beers and wild ales seem to be exploding in popularity here in the United States in recent years. While many of them are almost an afterthought by already established beer makers, several breweries are making their mark on the craft beer industry by either specializing in or exclusively brewing beers with some type of wild yeast or souring bacteria.

Firestone Walker §ucaba (2014)

My introduction to bourbon barrel aged beers began much like my introduction to sour beers, with a brewery considered to be among the best in the world at the style: Firestone Walker. In this case that formative beer was Parabola, an impeccable bourbon barrel-aged Russian imperial stout and I've been a Firestone Walker fan from that day since. Since that experience, I've made it a point to get my hands on and try as many of Firestone's annual bourbon barrel releases as possible.

3 Floyds Zombie Dust

3 Floyds is one of the many limited-distribution breweries around the country with a rabid cult following, in this case originally driven largely by the one-day-a-year release of its Russian imperial stout, Dark Lord. However, there is another beer that many people might consider to have really put 3 Floyds on the map, and in a way it upstaged even the coveted Dark Lord upon its initial bottling release.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA (2011)

Dogfish Head is a brewery that should need no introduction among craft beer enthusiasts. Although its slogan is "Off-centered ales for off-centered people," I would maintain that Dogfish Head is widely-known for its unique and very well executed American IPAs. The lineup consists of two year-round staples: 60 Minute (a standard IPA) and 90 Minute (an imperial IPA).

The Lost Abbey Duck Duck Gooze (2013)

The Lost Abbey is the highly-regarded premium beer brand of Port Brewing Company operating out of the old Stone Brewing brewhouse in San Marcos, Calif. since its inception in 2006. The brewery is widely recognized for its excellent Belgian-style sours and American wild ales and makes substantial use of Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus in several of its flagship beers. Of its esteemed lineup, perhaps no offering carries with it as much notoriety and desirability as Duck Duck Gooze.

Deschutes Black Butte XXV

Beginning in 2008, Deschutes Brewery has released a barrel-aged version of its flagship Black Butte Porter annually to celebrate the anniversary of its opening in 1988. To mark 25 years of operation in 2013, Deschutes released Black Butte XXV, an imperial porter brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs. For XXV, half of the beer is aged in bourbon casks and an eighth of the beer is aged with blackcurrants added before the batch is blended back together for the final bottling.