10 New Beers for the New Year

It’s late January, and if you’ve whiffed on any of your New Year’s resolutions, we have a suggestion that is both another goal and something with which to console yourself. Resolve to try new beers! Start with this carefully curated lineup, and 2013 will suddenly start to feel pretty good.

Hardywood Gingerbread Stout The beer geeks have ranked this sucker 100. That’s got to say something, right? Plus the vanilla, honeycomb and ginger flavors will help transition your palate from all those Christmas baked goods to the next wave of Girl Scout cookies.

Bell’s Brewery Hopslam This limited release hopbomb signifies the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It’s a double IPA that has its bitterness mellowed by the addition of sweet honey.

Foothills Brewery Sexual Chocolate Another limited release beer, Sexual Chocolate comes out in early February to great fanfare. And there’s a reason why: the molasses, toffee, chocolate and dried fruit notes will help you through those last cold days before spring’s thaw.

Ommegang Iron Throne Notable brewery teams up with critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones to brew collab beer. Need we say more?

DuClaw Old Flame This brew is for those who get misty-eyed around Valentine’s Day about the one that got away. Or for those who just enjoy drinking.

21st Amendment Marooned on Hog Island Oyster Stout As you may have noticed in our weirdest flavored beers post, oysters are becoming a trendy ingredient in the craft beer world. This beer uses real oysters, imparting a salty, silky smooth flavor. You can taste the sea!

Cigar City Brewing Moat Water To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Skatepark of Tampa, Cigar City Brewing collaborated with the park to make this sweet stout. Brewed with the skatepark’s own moat water, it was then aged on maple wood veneers. Some of the maple was then used to make 20th Anniversary skateboard decks. How cool is that?

Fullsteam Cackalacky Ginger Pale Ale Southern to the core, Durham, NC’s Fullsteam focuses on local ingredients. For this one, joined their friends who make Cackalacky hot sauces, with ginger standing in for spice. Guess it tasted better.

White House Honey Ale No matter what side of the political spectrum you stand on, you gotta admit it is pretty cool that they are brewing beer in the White House. Actually getting a bottle of it is a whole ’nother story.

Your Own Homebrew So you love beer. What better way to ensure that you have an endless supply of your favorite IPA or creamy oatmeal stout than by brewing your own?