Wow! You sure did drink a lot of beer in 2017! Congrats!

We always strive to bring you the best, the newest and the coolest. When it comes to craft beer that can be a tall order–there are just so many new beers coming out almost every week. We obviously can’t bring them all in–that would just be overwhelming for everyone. But more importantly, we don’t really want to bring them all in. We bring in what we really think stands out. What’s going to make you go, “I gotta have that again.” That’s what we’re going for. We may not have the biggest selection, but I think that we certainly have a carefully crafted selection to make everyone happy.

I can’t believe how far our Craft Beer Department has grown in such a short time. I can’t wait to see what 2018 brews up!

Enjoy, and happy holidays to you all!


Doug’s Pick
Boulevard Brewing Tank 7, Saison (8.5%)

One of the first craft beers I ever tasted!

The Missouri-based brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the country. I love their take on the classic Saison style. Tank 7 begins with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.

Doug’s Pick
Riverwalk Brewery CitraBus, Pale Ale (4.9%)

Is it a pale ale? Or is it an IPA?

The versatile CitraBus defies definition with a jacked-up flavor profile in a format that can be enjoyed anywhere along the Riverwalk: a fancy dinner…yup! A backyard BBQ…you know it! The winning combo of Citra and Columbus hops ensures that wherever you may need a beer, the CitraBus will deliver.

Kevin’s Pick
Newburyport Brewing Joppa Grande Stout, Stout (7.0%)

I’m not a hop head. Just not my style. So when Newburyport Brewing released their Joppa Grande Stout, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some. Worth the wait!

Dark, decadent, full-bodied stout with rich tantalizing flavors and roasted malt sweetness. Flavorful, assertive and ranked #3 out of 67 stouts under 8% ABV by Paste Magazine in November! Guess I know how to pick them!

Kevin’s Pick
Devil’s Purse ESB, English-Style Pale Ale (5.2%)

Before I even tasted this beer I had a feeling I was going to love it. It’s just my type.

The South Dennis brewery makes a classic, malt-forward style driven by English malts. The taste is well-rounded, with a sweet and spicy up front flavor, dry finish and a cleansing hop bite.

Alex’s Pick
Notch Zwickel, German Session Lager (4.5%)

Are you thinking, “Wait, Alex, no hop bomb?” Nope! I just can’t resist Notch. I love just about every beer the Salem-based brewery releases and I really love their latest–Zwickel.

This is a great example of a lager. It’s a bready, softer take on a German pilsner with a good smack of German hop aroma. And the lower ABV lager totally fits into Notch’s style. And trust me, this beer is a lot easier to drink than it is to say!

Alex’s Pick
Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale, American Ale (4.3%)

Even though I am often inside working, I really love being outside. And that’s just one of the reasons why I love this beer–Rising Tide gives a portion of the proceeds from MITA to the Maine Island Trail Association.
But now back to the beer! With a bright and malt body and bold notes of citrus and pine from the hop blend (Citra and Simcoe), this hoppy American ale is the perfect  way to bring back the good old days of summer during these dark, cold days of winter.