Beer

Twisted Pine Cucumber Cream Ale

In May of 2013, Twisted Pine Brewing Co. out of Boulder, Colo. released the second beer in its Farm to Foam series, Cucumber Cream Ale.

Twisted Pine began the Farm to Foam series last year as “a tribute to the sustainable spirit of Colorado.” With that in mind, each of the ingredients used for the beers in the series are sourced from inside the state of Colorado.

Bell’s Mars The Bringer of War

In August Bell’s Brewery Inc. released the first beer in a new limited production line the company is doing based off off Gustav Holst’s orchestral suite called The Planets. Was a band nerd in high school and college, The Planets was one of my favorite performances we did. The first beer, a double India pale ale, is called Mars, The Bringer of War which is name of the first movement of Holst’s suite. Each new beer will be released every two months until the series concludes in 2015.

Avery Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale Batch No.10 2014

In 2005 Avery Brewing Co. introduced The Demons of Ale series—a yearly limited production release of three bold brews, each sporting a devilishly high alcohol content of 15-17 percent, giving it a suggested cellarability of over ten years. The three beers are released throughout the year—Samael's Oak-Aged Ale in April, The Beast Grand Cru in August and Mephistopheles Stout in December.

Lakewood Mole Temptress

Dallas, Texas-based Lakewood Brewing Co.'s Temptress milk stout has become a local favorite for its combination of consistency, great flavor and affordable price. Starting in early 2013, Lakewood decided to release its Seduction Series, which are variations of the Temptress milk stout that use different adjuncts to enhance the flavors of the base beer.

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.

Cascade Foudre #1

As a self-proclaimed beer nerd, sour beers are one of my true passions.

I have spent the past several years (and way too much of my income) searching far and wide looking for the next great acidic brew and my journey always seems to come back to one of my favorite places on earth. Portland, Ore., Home of Cascade Brewing. Ron Gansberg is the mad scientist behind the magical place aptly nick-named, “the house of sour.” Gansberg's hard work has pulled in three medals from the Great American Beer Festival, countless die hard fans and the reputation of one of the countries foremost sour beer breweries.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly first came on the St. Lewis, Mo. beer scene in 1991 and currently brews over 50 unique styles of beers annually, with roughly half of them bottled and half exclusively available on draft at the company's two brewery/restaurants: The Schlafly Tap Room and Schlafly Bottleworks, which are both in St. Louis.

Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine

Craft beer lovers in California are well aware of the fantastic products Jesse Fridman and Damian Fagan have been putting out over the last few years. While those names might not sound familiar to most, the San Francisco-based Almanac Beer Company they started in 2010 has garnished quite a reputation for putting out unique beers using locally-sourced ingredients from family owned farms. Their farm to barrel approach has turned out a long line of highly-rated brews all without the use their own brewing equipment.