The United States of America has the most micro-breweries of any country in the world. That’s a lot of deliciousness. It is not recommended to taste this abundance of brews one by one; you’ll gain a hefty amount of weight and you might end up developing a problem. Let the experts sort it out for you so you can cut right to the chase and enjoy the most incredibly delicious American made brews, guaranteed. Bottoms up!
Anchor Old Foghorn Ale. This English style barley wine hails from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, California. Don’t be fooled. This is not wine. It is called such because the alcohol content in this style of beer resembles that of wine, not beer. Old Foghorn takes it down a notch to 8.2 percent alcohol content, which is a good thing. Many barley wines can get too heavy too quickly. Anchor brewing stuffs three times the amount of malt that most beers use into this brew which gives it a malty sweet flavor. This deep red beer is cellar aged so it is naturally low on carbonation, thick and dry, but the copious amounts of American cascade hops gives it a fruity note and warm finish.
Uinta Detour Double Pale IPA. You usually don’t associate Utah with high alcohol content brews, but Uinta brewing hits you with a 9.5 percent American Double IPA. Uinta likes to say that this experimental brew crosses the “Crooked Line,” but it’s more likely you’ll be walking a crooked line after a few of these hoppy beers. This copper, burnt-orange beer smacks you in the face with the scent of grapefruit and pine inviting a bitter hop taste. Hophead hippies will love this 74 IBU brew because the company derives 100% of its power from solar and wind.
Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. This Bam Biere from Jolly Pumpkin Brewing in Dexter, Michigan has the lowest alcohol content on the list at 4.5% and it’s probably due to the oak barrel aging process. Some of the alcohol evaporates out of the oak barrel but the process gives this beer an incredibly deep flavor. This naturally cloudy, golden beer starts with a fruity aroma and the taste of citrus peel that segues into spicy malt with a sour balance. The beer is named after a dog that survived a car “bam.”
Three Floyds Dark Lord. They don’t mess around in Munster, Indiana. Three Floyds Brewing smacks you over the head with this deep, dark 13% alcohol concoction. People are so fanatical about this brew that it is packaged and sold all in one day per year. You have to buy a ticket, and, like Willy Wonka, the golden ticket wins the prize–an oak barrel aged version. The beer pours thick and has upfront notes of chocolate and roasted malt, but then it cascades with cherry and coffee. This brew is wickedly smooth.
Gordon Biersch IPB Imperial Pilsner Brau. Double the hops of the pilsners you’re used to, this standard-strength beer is the only one on the list from a macro-brew. The founder of Gordon Biersch studied brewing in Germany and stays true to the pilsner recipe by mixing all four noble hops. It is a bold beer that is naturally carbonated, unfiltered and packs a wallop of unexpected hoppy bitterness. This light looking beer may even appeal to the hopheads out there.
Allagash Curieux. New Englanders call people from Maine, “Maine-iacs.” People thought that Rob Tod, the owner of Allagash Brewing up in Portland, Maine, was a maniac for aging his beer in freshly used Jack Daniels oak barrels. The result of this maniacal experiment created Curieux, a golden dark Belgian-style beer with hints of faint vanilla and bourbon. The alcohol content is high, but it hides behind a rich body full of coconut and roasted charcoal. Hey, they have to keep themselves warm up there somehow.