We drank some seriously delicious beers over the course of the last month. Our reviewers encountered everything from textbook IPAs to surprises like a coffee beer so good you’ll want to drink it with breakfast. Here are the best of the best.
“Velvety is the word that comes to mind, a descriptor typically reserved for the booziest imperial stouts. Black Butte nearly mirrors the flavor in stronger beers too, with deep roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, sweet caramel and herbal hops.” — Tucker Anders
“Hoppy, piney flavors attack the palate during the first sip of Flavor Country—these flavors aren’t shy. Biscuit and bread malts do a nice job of balancing the assertive hop flavors, somehow managing a long yet clean and refreshing finish.” — Tom Thornton
“Lizard King is captivating. From the moment you lay eyes on it, you know that you’ve just encountered something from another dimension—bitter and juicy in equal measure.” — Jerard Fagerberg
“When a brewery wins an award for a beer, not once or twice, but three times in the span of just two years, you know they have to be doing something right. Lewis & Clark Brewing Company’s Miner’s Gold Hefeweizen is one of those beers.” — Jesse Bussard
“This is world-class brew in both senses of the word. You can drink it with cereal, but it’s light enough that it won’t end your day at breakfast. Finally, a coffee beer that you can drink all damn day.” — Jerard Fagerberg
“Rami Malek step aside. Mikkeller San Diego does right by the legacy of Freddie Mercury with its potent, ravishing New England-style double IPA.” — Jerard Fagerberg
“GoneAway is the kind of beer that deserves long lines at every release but luckily doesn’t generate them. Do yourself a favor—skip the long line for the latest haze and head to the beer store before seasons change and this one has gone away.” — Tucker Anders